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Duke Energy Corp. will appeal a record $25.1 million fine imposed by the state of North Carolina for contaminating groundwater near one of its plants; a penalty that the utility describes as “regulatory overreach.”

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) imposed the fine on Duke Energy on March 10 for the poisoning of the water at the utility’s LV Sutton Steam Electric Plant in Wilmington, NC, and plans yet more fines as it looks into possible pollution at other plants.

In 2013, SGS PfiNDE received a call from a client pipeline company which transports a light hydrocarbon product with entrained particulate and sediment through a 150-mile section of pipeline in Minnesota.

The company encountered a challenge when, after cleaning the first 20-mile section of the pipeline, the cleaning tool became blocked by, what was determined to be, the excessive buildup of sediment in front of the cleaning tool. Due to the large amount of sediment in this particular line, the tool had gathered enough sludge to completely stop any further progress of the cleaning pig.

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters using high-powered water towers worked Friday to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan as authorities reported that two people were unaccounted for.

The powerful midafternoon blast Thursday in the East Village caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left 19 people injured, including four in critical condition.

The mayor's office said two people were unaccounted for.

We are living in a world obsessed with oil and its price movements. Some time back, when all the trade pundits were predicting a stable $100 benchmark, the prices fell… and how! The current fall in the oil price has been particularly harsh and excruciating for some of the prominent players such as Russia and Venezuela.

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014 released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013.

In recent years, the technological advances in recovering hydrocarbons trapped in tight formations, like shale, using unconventional drilling methods (horizontal drilling in conjunction with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing) have made U.S. oil production grow dramatically.

If you are lucky enough to have grown up in Texas, you are all too familiar with how popular culture, particularly Hollywood, has glamorized the life of a wildcatter or roughneck. The movie Giant depicts James Dean on a windswept Texas countryside, sopping head to toe in newly discovered oil. While maybe a compelling drama, as a Texas Railroad Commissioner, I can tell you this is far from reality.

TULSA, Okla. – Transco has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Dalton Expansion Project, which would support providing Marcellus shale gas to the Southeast for electricity generation and local natural gas distribution.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that killed 47 people across the border in Quebec has grown to $270 million with a contribution from Irving Oil, a bankruptcy trustee said Monday.

A court filing Friday in Canada identified 22 parties who have agreed to contribute, including Irving, which previously balked but now says it's providing $60 million to the fund.

Kinder Morgan announced its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), has finalized its anchor shippers for the market path component of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED) following the formal close of the anchor shipper period in February.

Collectively, the anchor shippers have executed agreements to transport approximately 500,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of incremental natural gas supplies sourced from the prolific Marcellus Shale region to meet New England’s growing consumer and industrial gas needs, as well as helping to bolster electric reliability.