posted on February 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM
A train carrying millions of gallons of crude from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota ignites a massive fireball in West Virginia. Litigants prepare ‘a case for clean water’ as a municipal utility in Iowa sues counties upstream over excessive...
posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM
A massive explosion rocked a railroad town this week in West Virginia and once again crude oil from the Bakken is at the center of the incident.
posted on January 23, 2015 at 2:23 PM
Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to...
posted on December 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM
2014 was full of big stories impacting rural America. Politics, protests and policymaking played out across the country, including discussions aimed at cutting the amount of ethanol in renewable fuel mandates.
posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.
posted on December 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM
Plummeting oil prices may add a little jingle in the pockets of holiday shoppers and travelers but are raising financial worries in some states that had been tapping into surging oil tax revenues to pay for roads and other government services.
posted on November 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM
Lower oil prices, while good for the broader U.S. economy, are a threat to what has been a surprising and dramatic surge in oil production in the U.S., and to drilling communities that have come to depend on oil money.
posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Gov. Mark Dayton says more oil pipelines are part of the solution to a rail backlog that has clogged agricultural shipments across Minnesota.
posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Congested rail ways have more corn and soybean farmers in Minnesota turning to the Mississippi River and its navigation system to move their goods.
posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.
posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:36 PM
North Dakota's top energy industry regulator unveiled new rules Thursday that would require companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's shipped by rail.
posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM
Representatives of Minnesota's construction industry are the latest to express concern about the state's congested railways caused in part by increased oil shipments moving from North Dakota.
posted on October 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM
The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and...
posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM
Tanker cars known as DOT-111s, were involved in derailments in the U.S. and in Canada in 2013. The Lac-Megantic crash killed 47 people and destroyed 30 buildings in Quebec northwest of Maine across the U.S. border.
posted on January 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM
Oil companies' rush to find reserves off Alaska's Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good.