Crude oil pipeline breaks, floods Los Angeles neighborhood

May 16, 2014

Crude oil pipeline breaks, floods Los Angeles neighborhood

A faulty valve at a petroleum pipeline pump station ruptured early on Thursday in an industrial corner of Los Angeles, spewing crude oil 40 feet (12 meters) into the air, onto the roof of a strip club next door, and leaving at least four ...

Keystone XL oil pipeline bogs down U.S. Senate energy bill

May 13, 2014

Keystone XL oil pipeline bogs down U.S. Senate energy bill

A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill fell victim in the U.S. Senate on Monday to election-year politics and the Obama administration’s continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Republicans are united in favor of the pipeline and against new power plant regulations ...

Vietnam protests Chinese oil rig in disputed sea

May 5, 2014

Vietnam protests Chinese oil rig in disputed sea

Vietnam demanded China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying on Monday that Beijing’s decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal. China dismissed the objections, saying the activity was being carried out ...

Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...

U.S. further delays making final decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Apr 19, 2014

U.S. further delays making final decision on Keystone XL pipeline

The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after midterm elections are held in November. President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the ...

U.S. probes BP oil spill health legacy

Apr 14, 2014

U.S. probes BP oil spill health legacy

When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed forth in the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Like many Gulf ...

Mar 24, 2014

Rancor over Exxon Valdez refuses to fade

On a cold March night 25 years ago, the supertanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons (42 million liters) of crude oil into the sea. Images of oil-soaked birds and fouled beaches horrified the United States, ...

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

Mar 24, 2014

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing. The scene would have struck terror into the hearts of Dark Age Britons — ...