BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal pushed by Louisiana's oil and gas industry to let refineries and other industrial plants keep some environmental violations secret fell a handful of votes short...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied support for the Green New Deal on Monday night, with the New York congresswoman saying there should be "no middle...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have delivered many of Gov. Jared Polis' first-term priorities, but minority Republicans also claimed some victories by the last day of the session Friday,...
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are looking to crack down on air quality violations by energy companies operating in one of the nation's most productive oil and gas basins.
DACONO, Colo. (AP) — State health inspectors equipped with infrared cameras dropped in unannounced on about 2,000 oil and gas operations across Colorado last year and found leaks of heat-trapping...
CEO of oil group sees no slowdown in US production
The U.S. oil and gas industry is praised by supporters for boosting America to the forefront of global production and attacked by critics who blame it for sowing doubt about the scientific...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that would dramatically change the way the state regulates its booming oil and gas industry, shifting the focus to...
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado brewery has discontinued a beer named for former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper after an anti-fracking group threatened a boycott.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The man who ruled Algeria for 20 years has resigned under pressure from protesters unhappy about years of economic decline and accusations of corruption.
Colorado House OKs bill prioritizing health in drilling
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democrat-controlled House approved legislation Friday that would require regulators to prioritize public safety and health in well drilling decisions affecting the state's...
New Mexico launches interactive map of methane emissions
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have launched an online interactive map based on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.
Wyoming ozone levels puzzle officials
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Joel Bousman wasn't sure if ozone would be a problem Friday, despite a warning from the state. The snow covered the sage brush and the wind was less than 10 miles per hour —...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana's major oil and gas lobbying groups has elected its first female chair.
Gloria Moncada was selected for the leadership role at the Louisiana...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local):
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Senate has passed a contentious bill to grant more local control over oil and gas drilling operations.
The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 19-15 along party lines...
Norway’s $1 trillion fund to dump oil and gas shares
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund, the biggest of its kind in the world, will begin dumping shares in oil and gas companies, but stopped short of barring major producers...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled state government promised dramatic and sweeping changes Thursday in the way the state regulates oil and gas drilling, saying public health and safety...
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Study uses satellites to count flares near Eagle Ford Shale
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — Researchers at two California universities are studying the fiery flares that pock-mark drilling sites in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.
State land boss ready to ‘dance’ with oil industry
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Stephanie Garcia Richard has taken her place as the head of what is arguably one of the state's most powerful agencies, overseeing energy development on millions of acres of state trust land with the purpose of generating money to fund public education.
The challenge, she says, is balancing that pursuit with ensuring the state's lands remain productive.
Alaska jobs report shows some growth in oil, gas industry
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's oil and gas industry experienced modest growth last month as some sectors of the economy have continued shedding jobs, according to a state jobs report.
December employment numbers released Friday by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development show some losses from the recession are slowing, Alaska's Energy Desk reported .
Little taking applications for Idaho oil and gas commission
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little is accepting applications for a spot on the five-member Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Little made the announcement on Tuesday to fill the fifth spot on the commission that oversees oil and natural gas production in the state.
The commission is short one member after chairman Kevin Dickey resigned last week at Little's request.
Appeals court upholds California climate change measure
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has again rejected a challenge by the oil and gas industry to a key part of California's efforts to fight climate change.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously upheld the state's 2015 low carbon fuel standard requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
US lawmaker opposes drilling permit work during shutdown
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objecting to the department changing plans to allow employees to work on upcoming offshore lease sales, seismic permits and a five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan in Alaska and elsewhere.
North Dakota oil group invests in worker training
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota sets oil production records, a local oil group is offering experienced oil workers a chance to advance their careers with the hope of increasing employee retention.
Colorado governor pushes local controls on oil-gas decisions
DENVER (AP) — Heads up, oil and gas executives.
New Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made it clear Thursday he intends to grant more local control in decisions about where and how the state's $32 billion oil and gas industry can drill and operate tank farms and other facilities.
Shortly after delivering his first State of the State speech, the Democratic governor acknowledged his advocacy of local influence on the state's chief regulatory body for oil and gas.
Economist predicts slowdown in Oklahoma’s energy industry
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City economist who studies the state's energy industry is predicting a significant slowdown in the coming year as a result of falling crude oil prices.
Dr. Russell Evans released his regular Energy Index report on Thursday that shows the first energy industry decline in eight months. The index measures the state's oil and gas industry and is a joint project of researchers at Oklahoma City University and industry trade groups.
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Administration moves closer to opening Arctic refuge for oil
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer on Thursday to opening thousands of miles within Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing, issuing a draft report that concluded the polar bears, caribou and other wildlife could safely share their untouched wilderness with oil and gas producers.
PESCO adding 180 jobs to Farmington plant and $75M expansion
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A company that designs and builds production equipment for the oil and gas industry is adding 180 jobs to its Farmington plant with plans for a $7.5 million expansion.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that PESCO is expanding because of a new assignment to build reactor units for BayoTech of Albuquerque.
The additional jobs will bring PESCO's workforce to 500.
The Latest: Nevada Democratic Sen. critical of grouse plan
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's efforts to ease drilling restrictions that were put in place to protect a declining bird species (all times local):
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is sharply criticizing the Trump administration's new move to ease land-use restrictions that were in place to protect the greater sage grouse across the West.
Sen. Cortez Masto bashes Trump’s easing of grouse protection
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is sharply criticizing the Trump administration's new move to ease land-use restrictions that were in place to protect the greater sage grouse across the West.
The Interior Department released documents Thursday that outline plans to open more public lands to oil and gas leasing and allow waivers for drilling to encroach into the habitat of the imperiled bird.
Utah regulators seek fix for methane leaks at coal mine
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah regulators want the owner of a coal mine near Price to address a highly flammable gas leaking into the atmosphere.
The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining has ordered UtahAmerican to plug about 10 holes or wells known as gob vents and reclaim the land.
The division said there's no point in keeping them open if the company has relinquished the leases or mined out the coal.
Leader of major Louisiana oil lobbying group stepping down
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of one of Louisiana's most influential lobbying groups, representing the oil and gas industry, is leaving his job at the end of the year.
Chris John has represented the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association at the state Capitol for 11 years.
In a statement, he said it's a good time to move to the "next adventure" because Louisiana's oil and gas industry is recovering after a slump during the recession. John didn't say what his next position would be.
US Congresswoman calls for delay in New Mexico oil case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas regulators are being pressured to delay a decision on an application by a Texas-based company that seeks to ease restrictions on well locations in one of the nation's oldest producing basins.
Democrat Torres Small wins US House seat in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Xochitl Torres Small has won an open U.S. House seat representing southern New Mexico's 2nd District in a closely watched race, completing a statewide sweep for Democrats and giving the diverse southwestern state its first U.S. House three-member delegation made up of all people of color.
Colorado voters reject stricter rules on new oil, gas wells
DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have tightly restricted where new oil and gas wells could be drilled across the state — the latest development in a contentious debate about how much control state and local governments can exert over the powerful fossil fuels industry.
Rouhani anticipates difficult months ahead for Iranians
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani warned Iranians on Wednesday they may face more difficulties in the months ahead, after the United States imposes new sanctions on the country next week, Iran's state TV reported Wednesday.
"The situation was hard for people in the recent months, and it may be hard in the next several months too," said Rouhani, speaking during a televised Cabinet meeting. "The government will utilize its entire capabilities to alleviate the problems."
Democrat, United Utah Party candidate, GOP incumbent debate
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Democrat and a United Utah Party candidate in the state's 1st Congressional District squared off against Republican incumbent Rep. Rob Bishop at the Utah Debate Commission's debate.
Bishop's opponents, United Utah Party candidate Eric Eliason and Democrat Lee Castillo, attempted Wednesday to paint the Republican as a career politician who represents special interests rather than Utah voters.
The Latest: Colorado Supreme Court hears oil and gas lawsuit
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over public health protections in Colorado oil and gas drilling (all times local):
The Colorado Supreme Court is considering how much weight the state should give health and the environment when regulating the oil and gas industry.
The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by six young people who want the state to require energy companies to show they won't harm public health before they're allowed to drill.
Trump rollback would ease rules on climate-changing methane
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change.
Garden City plant plans $16 million expansion, new jobs
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials with a manufacturing plant in Garden City say the business is planning an expansion that could create several new jobs.
KSN reports Palmer Manufacturing and Tank plans to invest $16 million in its Garden City plant. The company makes steel and fiberglass tanks and processing equipment for the oil and gas industry.
Louisiana plant announces $2.5 million expansion
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An industrial coatings facility in Louisiana says it plans to invest $2.5 million to expand.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Cortec LLC executive Larry Chauvin on Thursday announced the project for its Port Allen facility. The company manufactures and services compact valves, chokes and other specialty equipment for the global oil and gas industry.
DENVER (AP) — An oil and gas advocacy group warned Tuesday that Colorado taxpayers could face billions of dollars in compensation claims if voters approve tough new restrictions on where wells can be drilled.
The primary backers of the measure disputed the claim and accused the group of using scare tactics.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Revenue from oil and gas development is critical for funding education and other public services in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday, and urged Congress to reduce the bureaucratic red tape.
The two-term Republican governor testified before a House subcommittee that's considering legislation to streamline the permitting process.
DALLAS (AP) — A musician who defrauded investors by claiming to develop sound wave technology that would revolutionize the oil and gas industry used money he collected to support his "lavish" personal spending habits, federal regulators in Texas allege.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A program that provides funds for conservation projects in North Dakota may be doling out $4.6 million to government agencies, nonprofits and other groups for everything from native prairie restoration to gardens and trails.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native American tribes.
HOUSTON (AP) — Skilled workers in Texas are still looking for jobs as U.S. employment in the oil and gas industry continues to lag behind rising oil prices.
Classes build, demonstrate gas and oil rig
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Some high school students are learning to make robots and three-dimensional items using laptop computers and other technology.
At the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, members of one class are getting their hands dirty, learning to drill for oil and gas.