• Gas prices drop 4 cents per gallon in Rhode Island

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gas prices in Rhode Island have fallen 4 cents per gallon and are now averaging $3.68 for regular. That's according to AAA Southern New England's weekly survey released Monday. The price in Rhode Island is still 11 cents more than the national average of $3.57. But it's 12 cents lower than it was last year at this time, when gas was averaging $3.80 per gallon.

  • Oil prices rebound above $103 on geopolitical risk

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Oil prices rebounded slightly on Monday as traders gauged the possibility of more sanctions against Russia and more violence in Libya. By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was up 45 cents to $103.58 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, the Nymex contract fell 6 cents to $103.13. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, was down 3 cents to $176.21 on the ICE exchange in London. Washington announced new sanctions last Wednesday on Russia, including its biggest oil company, over Moscow's support for separatist forces in Ukraine.

  • Gas prices falling in Maine

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.68 a gallon — down 4.8 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. The average price for a gallon of gas nationally is $3.57 a gallon, which fell 3.3 cents in the past week. The price is down 10.7 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon lower from a year ago. Gas prices in Maine are 10.3 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.

  • Gas prices falling in New Hampshire

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week. The average price of a gallon of gas Monday was $3.62 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. That's still 5 cents higher than the national average, which fell 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57. Gas prices in New Hampshire 6.9 cents a gallon lower than they were a year ago, and are 2.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average decreased 10.7 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 10.4 cents a gallon less compared to a year ago.

  • NPS taking more comment on Lamar Ranch plan

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service is accepting more public comment on proposed infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park. The Park Service is accepting public comment until midnight Aug. 15 on the proposal. The agency is looking at making improvements to various energy production systems at the ranch to conserve water and energy and reduce waste. For instance, one project involves installing a new micro hydro turbine. The project would increase the renewable energy available for use at the ranch and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the current fossil fuel-powered generator currently in operation. The Lamar Buffalo Ranch is a

  • Ohio gas prices up slightly to start work week

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices are up slightly to start the work week but remain below the national average. The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.49 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 2 cents more than a week ago — and 28 cents lower than a month ago in Ohio. Monday's national average was $3.57, which is 4 cents lower than a week ago. It's 10 cents lower than the price last year at this time. Analysts say the price of crude oil was elevated on anxiety about the Middle East, though the likelihood of disruption in supplies was small. ___ Online: AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 3 cents in week

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    DEARBON, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about three cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.63 per gallon. The auto club says Sunday the average is down about 21 cents from this time last year. Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Benton Harbor area, where it's about $3.57 a gallon. The highest average is in the Marquette area at about $3.72 a gallon. Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily. ___ Online: http://www.fuelgaugereport.

  • Great Plains shale tested for possible energy uses

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation. The Legislature approved $464,000 for the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology study after the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratory funded an initial $150,000 examination. Bill Roggenthen, research scientist in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the School of Mines, said the goal is simply to learn more about how Pierre Shale would respond under certain uses, called "creep," or how it deforms over time. "This isn't an application pr

  • Eagle & Beagle for July 20, 2014.

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma’s high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Executive Q&A: CEO excited about new energy company

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Jerry Winchester, a Dickson native, returned to Oklahoma in 2012 to lead the Chesapeake subsidiary destined to stand on its own. It took longer than expected because of Chesapeake’s transition, with new leadership, to a more focused oil and natural gas producer.

  • US oil, gas lease sale staged under protest

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management sale of oil and gas leases on public land in central Nevada has been conducted under protest. Earlier this year, Lander County commissioners, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Yomba Shoshone Tribe and the Gandolfo Ranch filed protests over Thursday's sale in Reno. The sale also drew more than 30 protesters outside the office where it was staged, and it prompted last month's filing of a lawsuit seeking to block it by a rural Nevada group called Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking. Opponents have expressed concern about the impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on the nation's most arid state and potential ground and surface water contamination associate

  • Refinery owner loses water cleanup legal challenge

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery's closure. Flint Hills Resources Alaska cannot pursue damages against the former owner of its North Pole refinery, Williams Alaska Petroleum, a Superior Court judge has ruled. In November 2013, Judge Michael P. McConahy determined that the statute of limitations had expired by the time Flint Hills had filed its lawsuit. He made the same ruling this month. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.

  • Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. But it was one of the world's most widely accepted drugs that killed Logan Stiner — a powdered form of caffeine so potent that as little as a single teaspoon can be fatal. The teen's sudden death in May has focused attention on the unregulated powder and drawn a warning from federal health authorities urging consumers to avoid it. "I don't think any of us really knew that this stuff was out there," said Jay Arbaugh, superintendent of the Keystone Local Schools.

  • Pipeline company faced $270K in penalties

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company responsible for a recent natural gas pipeline accident that spewed a hazardous substance outside a small town in eastern Kansas has faced more than $270,000 in fines for problems elsewhere along its pipelines since 2006, according to federal records. A section of a Panhandle Eastern's pipeline erupted June 19, spraying 1,300 gallons of natural gas condensate over about three miles near Olpe, Kansas, a town of about 550 residents south of Emporia. The Houston-based company said the accident occurred while crews were trying to clean the pipeline. The oily residue of natural gas condensate hit a handful of homes and heavily damaged area crops and trees.

  • Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. The lightning-sparked fires destroyed the groups of silo-like storage tanks at the three locations, which are among more than 440 sites in North Dakota where so-called saltwater is stored before being pumped into permanent disposal sites miles underground. In each case, the fires burned for days, spewing noxious black smoke into the air and literally salting the earth.

  • Kentucky town opens filling station to the public

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Somerset's city hall ventured into the retail gas business Saturday, opening a municipal-run filling station that supporters call a benefit for motorists and critics denounce as a taxpayer-supported swipe at the free market. The Somerset Fuel Center opened to the public selling regular unleaded gas for $3.36 a gallon, a bit lower than some nearby competitors. In the first three hours, about 75 customers fueled up at the no-frills stations, where there are no snacks, no repairs and only regular unleaded gas. The mayor says the station was created in response to years of grumbling by townspeople about stubbornly high gas prices in Somerset, a city of about 11,000 near Lake Cumberland, a popular fishing an

  • 5 things to know about caffeine powder

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    The sudden death of a healthy high school senior in Ohio has increased attention on unregulated caffeine powder and the ease of taking a toxic dose. Here's a look at five things to know about the substance: ___ CAFFEINE POWDER IS EASILY AVAILABLE Bulk caffeine powder can be easily bought online. Both Amazon and eBay sell the substance. Pouches can start at more than $7, with just over a pound costing about $15. Users add the powder to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain. ___ THIS ISN'T INSTANT COFFEE The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the product is essentially 100 percent caffeine. A teaspoon is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 19

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $99.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $87.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 1: COMPLETION Alfalfa: D & J Oil Co. Inc.; Frank No. 1-28 Well; C SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 of 28-27N-09W; 143,000 cu-ft gas per day, 7 barrels oil per day; TD 6,173. Beckham: Apache Corp.; Deal No. 5-11-21 No. 1H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (BHL) of 05-11N-21W; 210 barrels oil per day, 4,386,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 17,497. Grady: Continental Resources Inc.; Birt No. 1-13H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 13-07N-06W; 439 barrels oil per day, 507,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD

  • Finding oil with sound blasts, by the numbers

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Obama administration on Friday approved using sonic air cannons to map offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean by measuring sound reverberating through waters shared by whales and other marine life. Some numbers to help explain it: 60 decibels. This is how loud humans normally talk. 140 decibels. Even momentary exposure to sound at this level can cause permanent hearing damage in humans. 180 decibels. The maximum underwater noise from sonic cannons allowed within 500 meters, mitigating physical damage to marine mammals. 2,500 miles. How far away lower levels of noise pollution from the cannons have been recorded by hydrophones. 138,000.

  • Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters. The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic transformation in East Coast states, potentially creating a new energy infrastructure, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue. But it dismayed people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism, and activists said it stains President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.