• No sneak peek allowed on Wyoming pollution reports

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have changed course and no longer plan to allow an energy company to preview and suggest changes to two draft reports on possible causes of groundwater pollution in the Pavillion area before the state allows the general public to see those documents. Responding to a public records request filed by The Associated Press, Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson said the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will release the draft reports simultaneously to the public, Encana and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After releasing the draft reports to the public, the state will take comments on them for 30 days.

  • Oil rises just above $102 a barrel

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The price of oil traded around $102 a barrel on Friday, nearly unchanged, as worries over supplies and geopolitical tensions eased. Oil prices had slipped Thursday after spiking earlier in the week on lower U.S. inventories and tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East. Benchmark U.S. crude for September delivery rose 2 cents to $102.09 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, the Nymex contract had dropped $1.05 to close at $102.07. Lower-than-expected U.S. crude inventories in a weekly Energy Department report had driven prices up on Wednesday, but expectations of stronger growth in demand were later countered as gasoline supplies were nearly three times larger than predicted. Brent crude, a benc

  • Renewable power company drops Vermont project bid

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A company that had hoped to install 20 wind turbines on a mountaintop in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom says it is ending all work on the project. Seneca Mountain Wind issued a statement Friday saying it had elected to cease development of the project. It has withdrawn a request to connect the project to the New England power grid and it has terminated all its leases in Newark, Brighton and Ferdinand where it had hoped to build the turbines. In May, Seneca Mountain's parent company Eolian Renewables of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, told the regional grid operator, ISO New England, it was withdrawing its interconnection request.

  • John Stancavage: Gasoline price war breaks out again at two nearby convenience stores

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    War has broken out again. For the second time in two weeks, two Tulsa convenience stores are battling over who has the cheapest local gasoline price, Tulsa World reports.

  • Iowa governor repeats support for renewable fuel

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is renewing a call to maintain the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply, after a report that the Environmental Protection Agency may scale back proposed cuts to renewable fuel production. Branstad issued his statement Friday. An EPA proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires. The governor's comments came after Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said a discussion with a White House official led him to believe the EPA will reduce the cuts. He still expects an overall drop in renewable fuel quotas.

  • US rig count up 12 to 1,883

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,562 rigs were exploring for oil and 318 for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained six, California, New Mexico and Oklahoma were each up four, and West Virginia increased by one. Alaska lost three rigs, Pennsylvania and Texas were down two apiece and Ohio was off one. Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottom

  • Record year for only nuclear plant in Northwest

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The operators of the only nuclear power plant in the Northwest say it generated a record amount of electricity in the fiscal year that ended in June. Energy Northwest says the Columbia Generating Station at Richland generated 9.7 million megawatt hours, breaking the old record of 9.5 million megawatt hours generated in fiscal 2006. The electricity is sold at cost to the Bonneville Power Administration which supplies utilities in the Northwest.

  • New York suggests summer shutdown for nuke plant

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (AP) — A state agency is suggesting summer shutdowns at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the New York suburbs. The idea is to protect migrating and spawning fish who might otherwise get sucked into the plant. Indian Point takes 2.5 billion gallons a day from the Hudson River to make steam and cool its two reactors. The plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, and supporters say a summer shutdown would threaten the reliability of the electrical grid. An environmental group says there's plenty of power available elsewhere. The state is insisting on new protections for aquatic life if Indian Point wants to operate for another 20 years. Its preferred technology is cooling towers, which recycle the rive

  • Work continues at Seattle oil train derailment

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — Railroad crews have reopened tracks where an oil train derailed early Thursday in Seattle, but work continues on three damaged tanker cars. Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says the line reopened at 5:45 a.m. Friday although work continues in the Interbay switching yard. He says minor damage to one of the tankers can be repaired in the rail yard. Workers still have to pump out the oil from a two other tankers that tilted so they can be repaired elsewhere. That will be next week. No oil spilled, but the derailment of a train hauling 100 tanker cars of Bakken oil from North Dakota alarmed environmentalists and regulators. The train has continued on to a refinery at Anacorte

  • Adam Wilmoth column: Gasoline prices head down

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Despite continued unrest in the Middle East and other parts of the world, gasoline prices have plummeted over the past month, with at least five Oklahoma City metro-area retailers selling fuel for less than $3 a gallon Thursday.

  • Oil and gas prices for July 25

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $98.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $86.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 8: COMPLETION Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Dennis No. 2-21H Well; NW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 21-03S-03E; TD 16,318. XTO Energy Inc.; Dennis No. 3-21H Well; NW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 21-03S-03E; 1334,000 cu-ft gas per day, 78 barrels oil per day; TD 16,425. XTO Energy Inc.; Dennis No. 4-21H Well; NW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 21-03S-03E; 2132,000 cu-ft gas per day, 114 barrels oil per day; TD 16,458. XTO Energy Inc.; Dennis No.

  • Michigan officials require added supports beneath oil pipes at lakes

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Enbridge Energy Partners LP placed on notice following the company’s acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953

  • Improving technology boosts Oklahoma's CNG market

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City entrepreneur Ron Peeler hopes that trend will continue in the market for compressed natural gas vehicles and the equipment that fills them with fuel. Peeler’s HYPRES Equipment adapted its high-pressure breathing air compressors and in 2012 began selling Smart Fill CNG, a natural gas compressor system that can be installed at a home and used to fill a CNG vehicle overnight.

  • Rural telephone companies seek funding from Oklahoma's phone fee fund

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A reduction in support from federal programs is leading rural phone companies to tap the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund to help pay for basic phone services. Several wireless companies oppose the reimbursements made under the state’s “make-whole” law.

  • Oklahoma energy briefs: Plugging in, July 25

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Oklahoma energy briefs: Plugging in, July 25

  • Judge strikes down Longmont's fracking ban

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A state district judge struck down Longmont's voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing Thursday but stayed her decision while the city considers an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard ruled the ban conflicts with state regulations and Colorado's interest in efficiently developing oil and gas deposits. "While the Court appreciates the Longmont citizens' sincerely-held beliefs about risks to their health and safety, the Court does not find this is sufficient to completely devalue the State's interest," Mallard wrote.

  • UK Supermarket To Power Itself With Food Waste

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Where does all the leftover food go when the grocery store closes at the end of the day? Maybe it's repurposed somehow or thrown out , but what if it could help a supermarket become energy independent? A Sainsbury's supermarket in the United Kingdom will soon power itself with leftover food waste and disconnect from the National Grid, Huffington Post reports. Sainsbury's is partnering with Biffa, one of the U.K.'s largest waste management companies, to make this possible. Sainsbury's trucks its food waste from all over the U.K. to Biffa's plant in Staffordshire. Biffa then converts it into biogas, and this biogas is then burned to meet the energy needs of a location in the town of Cannock.

  • Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking. Hugo Carvajal, the former head of military intelligence under Chavez, was arrested at the request of the U.S. prosecutors and is expected to appear in an Aruban court Friday. Carvajal was one of a number of high-ranking Venezuelan military officials blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury in 2008 for allegedly providing weapons to Marxist rebels in neighboring Colombia and helping them smuggle cocaine to fund their insurgency.

  • Bankrupt Energy Future to auction stake in Oncor

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Bankrupt power giant Energy Future Holdings terminated its restructuring agreement and announced plans to auction its stake in the profitable power transmission business Oncor Electric Delivery Co., according to a filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company and its creditors "believe that the (restructuring agreement) has provided significant benefit," including obtaining billions of dollars in new financing, the filing said. In a letter to employees Thursday, Energy Future said it would maintain its approach to reorganizing the company, which centers on a tax-free spinoff of the unprofitable side, including Luminant, the state's largest power generator, and TXU Energy, the st

  • Officials require more supports beneath oil pipes

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two oil pipelines at the bottom the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan will get additional support structures to help prevent potentially devastating spills, officials said Thursday. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said they had put Enbridge Energy Partners LP on notice following the company's acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac. As a condition of an easement granted by the state, Enbridge agreed that support anchors would be placed at least every 75 feet.