• US rig count declines by 29 this week to 809

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 29 to 809. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 614 rigs were seeking oil and 195 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,922 rigs were active. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma lost eight rigs, Texas declined by six, Louisiana and New Mexico each lost four, Colorado and Pennsylvania each lost three, Alaska declined by two and California and North Dakota each lost one. Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio and West Virginia each gained one rig. Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked a

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday. India vowed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33-35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, primarily by boosting the share of electricity generated by sources other than fossil fuels such as coal and gas to 40 percent. That means India's emissions will continue to grow as its economy expands, but the increase relative to economic output will be lower than it is now.

  • Package raises brief alarm at Nebraska nuke plant

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A bomb squad has determined that a package found in a vehicle at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant poses no danger. The Omaha Public Power District says in a release that security workers noticed the package around 8:44 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was just outside what the district called the protected area of the plant. About 30 workers at a nearby warehouse were evacuated as a precaution, but the plant continued to operate. The district says the Washington County Sheriff's Office was notified, and a bomb squad from Omaha eventually was called in. The squad determined that the package didn't contain any explosives. It's not clear yet what the package did contain, if anything.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. A jury reached the verdict in April 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the chemical MTBE. Lasting nearly four months, the trial was the longest and resulted in the largest jury award in New Hampshire history. Lawyers for Exxon Mobil asked the court for a new trial. They said the company used MTBE to meet federal Clean Air Act mandates to reduce air pollution and shouldn't be held liable for sites contaminated by unnamed parties, such as owners of junk yards and independent gas stati

  • SolarCity: Buffalo site to make world's most efficient panel

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — SolarCity says the rooftop panels it will make at a plant being built in Buffalo have been rated the most efficient in the world. The San Mateo, California-based solar installer says Friday the new module produces 30 to 40 percent more power than a same-size standard panel. The company also says it can make the panels at "significantly" lower cost than similar technologies. New York is spending $750 million to build a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant for SolarCity as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic development program. SolarCity has committed to investing $5 billion over 10 years, hiring almost 1,500 workers at the plant for 5 years and employing at least 2,000 more people

  • Regulators: Safety, welding problems at offshore wind farm

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A regulatory agency says the nation's first offshore wind farm has experienced safety and welding problems and regulators are closely monitoring construction. Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island. Inspection reports cite near misses with dropped objects, personnel working under suspended loads, the use of older cranes poorly suited to the environment and the repeated failure of rigging equipment. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council says the safety problems have been addressed. It's working with Deepwater Wind to ensure the problem with the welding process is only a paperwork issue. The welds passed inspections. Deepwate

  • Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France's Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran's filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, the only retail service stations belonged to the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company. The agreement comes after Iran and world powers reached a deal in July that curbs the Persian country's disputed nuclear program in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

  • Ethiopia plans to export natural gas in 3 to 5 years

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A government official in Ethiopia says his country will begin exporting natural gas in three to five years following the discovery of huge reserves in the country's Somali region. Ethiopian Mines Minister Tolossa Shagi said Friday the country expects to make in excess of $1 billion in annual foreign exchange earnings from gas exports. Tolossa said a Chinese company has discovered 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and that the country will start exporting gas after satisfying local demand. He said security has been beefed up to avoid an attack similar to a 2007 incident in which 65 Ethiopian and nine Chinese oil and gas workers were killed by suspected rebels operating in the region.

  • Feds, states, others oppose Patriot Coal reorganization plan

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patriot Coal's latest reorganization plan is drawing opposition from the federal government, regulators in four states, creditors and others ahead of a bankruptcy court hearing on whether it should be approved. Opponents say in motions filed this week that the plan is not feasible and contains provisions that violate bankruptcy law. A hearing on the plan is set for Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy in Richmond, Virginia. Several environmental groups, the federal government and regulators in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia questioned how the company's obligations, including the multimillion-dollar cost of cleaning up mine pollution, would be fulfilled once a substantial amount of its assets ar

  • Hearings set on proposed rule on machine mine sensors

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public hearings are set this month on a proposed federal rule to require coal mine operators to equip coal hauling machines and scoops with sensors intended to curb fatalities and injuries in underground mines. The sensors automatically shut down equipment when people get too close. Public hearings on the proposed rule will be held Oct. 6 in Denver, Oct. 8 in Birmingham, Alabama, Oct. 19 in Beaver, West Virginia, and Oct. 29 in Indianapolis. Coal hauling machines include shuttle and ram cars and continuous haulage systems. Federal mine regulators say sensors could have prevented 42 fatalities on mobile machines from 1984 through 2014.

  • Feds: Proposed pipeline rules could have prevented accidents

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said. The U.S. Transportation Department proposal announced Thursday covers more than 200,000 miles of hazardous liquids pipelines that crisscross the nation — a network that expanded rapidly over the past decade as domestic oil production increased. Included in the proposal are new inspection requirements for pipelines in rural areas; increased use of leak detection systems; and a requirement for companies to more closely analyze inspection results.

  • Hearing on for Oct. 30 for James River power line

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 30 in Williamsburg on a proposed high-power transmission line across the James River. The project proposed by Dominion Virginia Power has stirred strong opposition among preservation and conservation groups, among others. They are fearful that power lines suspended from towering structures in the river will smudge an historic part of Virginia's landscape. That section of the river includes Jamestown Island. Preservationists say the vista isn't too different from 400 years ago when Capt. John Smith sailed on the James. The utility, however, says the power line is needed to provide reliable electrical service to a growing custom

  • Oklahoma energy briefs for Oct. 2

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Oklahoma energy briefs for Oct. 2, 2015


    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $41.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $29.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Sept. 17: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Leslie 2612 No. 5H-28 BR Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 28-26N-12W; 108 barrels oil per day, 308,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,417. Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Leslie 2612 No. 5H-33 BR Well; S1/2 S1/2 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 28-26N-12W; 52 barrels oil per day, 270,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,388. Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Davis No. 1-5H Well; SW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 05-03S-03W; 27 barrels oil per day; TD

  • Boston-based company looks to tap into oil-field water needs

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Getting water to the right well at the right time is a constant challenge for oil and gas operators, but one startup company is hoping to make it easier and more efficient with an online service called Sourcewater.

  • Oklahoma likely will meet ozone regulations

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma is expected to be able to meet tighter limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, unveiled Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Oil prices impact Oklahoma energy stocks

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Low oil prices took a toll in the third quarter on Oklahoma stock prices.

  • Asian stocks drift ahead of key US job report

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were muted on Friday as investors waited for a U.S. jobs report that could influence whether the U.S. Federal Reserve chooses October or December for its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.1 percent to 17,705.67 while South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.1 percent to 1,980.93. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rebounded after a holiday, jumping 2.2 percent to 21,300.56 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.4 percent to 5,091.30. Markets in mainland China are closed for holidays until Oct. 8. Stock benchmarks in Southeast Asia were lower. JOBS REPORT: With no major regional economic data due, Asian investors were focused on Friday's U.S. employment repor

  • US pipeline agency fines Exxon subsidiary $2.6 million

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal regulators announced Thursday they are assessing a $2.6 million civil penalty against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released its final report on the Pegasus pipeline leak that spilled roughly 3,190 barrels of oil near Mayflower and Lake Conway about 20 miles north of Little Rock in March 2013. The agency, which is under the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in its order that the company violated regulations involving the line's integrity, operation and maintenance. The U.S.

  • Paycom eligible for $20.5 million in state Quality Jobs incentives

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Paycom plans to add more than 1,000 jobs in the next decade, which could bring in more than $20 million in incentives from the state Commerce Department.