Energy

5:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
Oil and Gas

Oil And Gas Glut Taxing The West's Pipeline Networks

The "pig trap" for a pipeline at a tank farm in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas in late 2013. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants.

Most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.

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10:40am

Mon July 14, 2014
Energy

North Dakota Pipeline Spills Over 1 Million Gallons Of Salty Wastewater Near Lake

Dead grass shows where saltwater has leaked out from an underground pipeline spill outside Mandaree, North Dakota.
Karolin Rockvoy

A leaky pipeline has spilled about 1 million gallons of saltwater near a North Dakota reservoir that supplies drinking water to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The pipeline, owned by the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, runs along the shore of Bear Den Bay on Lake Sakakwea, a reservoir on the Missouri River.

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12:40pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Energy

Colorado BLM Improves Its Record On High Risk Well Inspections

A well being drilled in Western Colorado in 2009. Two hundred high priority wells on federal land in Garfield County went uninspected between 2009 and 2012.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

About a month ago, the Associated Press broke the news that four in 10 new "high-risk" oil and gas wells on public lands went uninspected from 2009 to 2012.

In Colorado at least, the agency in charge of such inspections says it has been able to improve that record in 2013, following a critical report by the Government Accountability Office [pdf].

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3:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Water

It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water

Aerial view of the new town of Battlement Mesa under construction during the oil shale boom in Garfield County. August 27, 1981.
Elderkin, R.L. Jr. U.S. Geological Survey

Energy development takes water, and in Colorado, water is a precious resource. That is why debate has raged for years over just how much water one type of energy development – oil shale – would use.

Now, environmentalists say they have forced one company, Chevron, to admit that developing oil shale in Western Colorado would use a whole lot of water.

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2:52pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:27 pm

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last July.
AFP/Getty Images

A fiery oil train derailment in Canada killed 47 people a year ago, prompting regulators and railroads in the U.S. to make changes. Some who live near where oil trains travel are still worried, though.

Amy Roe with the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club lives not far from where tank cars transport and store crude oil. Roe wishes the country would move away from fossil fuels faster. That plays into her opposition to oil trains, but she's also concerned about safety, especially after the accident that happened last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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