Jul 4, 2014

Quebec rail explosion prompted regulation, safety changes

The explosion of an oil train that killed 47 people in Quebec last year forced tighter rules to address the rapid growth of transporting oil by rail in North America. In the immediate aftermath, all eyes fell on the owner, American firm Montreal, Maine ...

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Backhoes and bulldozers are still digging out oil-seeped soil and pavement in the center of the lakeside Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Where the post office, public library and restaurants once stood, there is only the clanging of machinery kicking up dust over the emptiness. ...

Kurds to pump more oil from new fields

Jun 26, 2014

Kurds to pump more oil from new fields

by David Sheppard

Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds outlined plans on Wednesday to swiftly ramp up oil exports now that their forces have taken control of Iraq’s main northern oil fields, a move that could tear up the settlement holding Iraq together since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Kurdish ...

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

Jun 1, 2014

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

A new pollution rule the Obama administration plans to announce Monday will be a cornerstone of the president’s environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it is not one the White House wanted. As with other issues, the ...

Jun 1, 2014

China, India may hinder U.S. steps on warming

by Mark Drajem

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to take his boldest step to halt the rise of the oceans and stop the warming of the planet. But it won’t be enough unless the rest of the world follows. Trimming carbon emissions from U.S. power plants ...