DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether cities can ban hydraulic fracturing, stepping into a high-stakes battle over whether local governments can impose tougher oil and gas rules than the state.

The court will hear cases from Longmont, where voters banned hydraulic fracturing in 2012, and Fort Collins, where voters approved a 5-year moratorium in 2013.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of Canada's largest railways.

Canadian Pacific, which opposes the settlement fund, declined to contribute because it contends others were responsible for the tragedy.

If the settlement is approved, Canadian Pacific would be left open to lawsuits while those the railroad considers to be responsible would be shielded from further legal battles by the agreement.

OPEC has been the most talked about organization in the oil and gas circuit in the last year as the cartel pursues market share, and any move by OPEC comes under intense scrutiny and analysis.

Back in June 2015, it was reported that Indonesia, which was previously a member of OPEC, was looking to re-join the cartel as soon as possible. And now, it is confirmed that the most populous country in Southeast Asia will indeed be rejoining the cartel.

The business climate is only getting worse in Iraq for the handful of international oil companies operating in the war-torn country. The Iraqi oil ministry sent a letter to private oil companies operating in its energy sector that spending will likely be reduced in 2016.

In Iraq, companies maintain and produce from oil fields and are reimbursed by the government. However, the collapse of oil prices has sapped the government of resources, and Baghdad has struggled to pay the money owed to companies.

MONACA, PA (AP) — Bones dug up last month by workers at the proposed site of a Shell Chemical refinery may belong to as many as eight relatives who owned the land in the 1800s, a coroner said on Wednesday.

Descendants of those folks, including Jay Hoskinson, who has kept records of the Stone family, have helped Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi since the remains were found Aug. 6.

Two skulls, several long bones, vertebrae and coffin nails were found along with a headstone for an Adam Stone, which described him as dying in his first year of life.

For the third consecutive year, the residential customers of TECO Peoples Gas have ranked the utility highest in customer satisfaction among midsized natural gas companies in the south region in the J.D. Power annual study.

“We are so proud that our customers have recognized our efforts again,” said Gordon Gillette, president of TECO Peoples Gas. “Our team members take customer service seriously – it is one of our core values – and they work hard each and every day to make our customers feel special.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, setting up a likely vote by the full House on a bill President Barack Obama opposes.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-19, with three Democrats joining 28 Republicans to back the bill.

The White House opposes the bill, arguing that a decision on whether to end the ban should be made by the Commerce Department, not Congress.

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant Aramco has named Amin Nasser as its new president.

The company announced the decision Thursday after the recently established Aramco Supreme Council held its first meeting in the Red Sea city of Jiddah. The meeting was led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the country's defense minister.

Nasser has been acting president and chief executive officer at Aramco since April, after assuming the role from Khaled al-Falih, who was appointed as Aramco's chairman and the country's health minister.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it opposes a House Republican bill to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports.

A decision on whether to end the ban should be made by the Commerce Department, not Congress, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

Earnest also took a shot at House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans pushing to end the oil export ban, which was imposed in the 1970s as the United States responded to an Arab oil embargo that sparked inflation and prompted long lines at gas stations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks sufficient resources to inspect high-risk oil and gas wells on federal land as a drilling boom continues in Wyoming, Colorado and other states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.

The Obama administration has proposed a fee on oil and gas drillers that would allow the land management agency to hire more than 60 inspectors, but the proposal has not gained traction in Congress.

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