How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… . Towns here have not tried to ban the practice, as they have in Colorado, Pennsylvania and even Texas. Residents are largely supportive of the oil industry — a …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy industry":

"… ut climate change. TCEQ officials often go on to jobs as lobbyists for the energy industry they once regulated. The Texas Railroad Commission, which issues dri …"

"… lopment and minimize risk factors.” 'Help us ... before we all die' The energy industry’s impact on Americans living near drilling areas has been fiercely debat …"

Oil industry trade group takes to D.C. airwaves

By Michael Beckel

Ad campaign by American Petroleum Institute targets D.C. media market, records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… l 2016.     …"

"… rograms. The two advertisements on Fox News Sunday alone set the American Petroleum Institute back $10,000 a piece. The ads hit as lawmakers on Capitol Hill& …"

"… udget deal, but budgetary fights remain in Congress' future. The American Petroleum Institute is the main trade organization of the oil and natural gas indust …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… tability Office report. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, both support exports. Louisiana is home to Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pa …"

"… rst newly proposed LNG export terminal the Energy Department has approved. Alaska is home to a 40-year-old facility that is the only currently operating LNG …"

BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare

By Kristen Lombardi

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

EPA slaps BP but punishes the Pentagon

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Temporary contracting ban may force the military to disentangle itself from its favorite fuel supplier

Detroit refinery expansion adds more Canadian crude, brings more worries

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A conflict in Detroit symbolizes a larger national debate over oil company plans to step up refining of heavier, dirtier crude from Alberta.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf Coast":

"… pill from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry the fuel to Gulf Coast refineries.But the next stage in the process has been largely overlooked: …"

"… ion.At the end of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, for example, lie hazy Gulf Coast cities dominated by the petrochemical industry. Last year, the mayor of Ho …"

FACT CHECK: Bogus oil claims by Crossroads GPS

By FactCheck.Org

Nonprofit group Crossroads GPS gets Obama administration energy policy facts wrong

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf Coast":

"… e endorsing construction of a portion that will carry more low-cost oil to Gulf Coast refineries.The ad correctly notes that there was a 17 percent decline in o …"

"… leneck that has prevented a glut of lower-cost oil from reaching U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, which have been clamoring for it. On March 21, Obama even said …"

FACT CHECK: More U.S. drilling didn't drop gas prices

By The Associated Press

AP looked at 36 years of gas prices, and found no reliable connection to level of domestic drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil demand":

"… aded gas prices adjusted for inflation to 2012 dollars, oil production and oil demand. The figures go back to January 1976, the earliest the Energy Department k …"

FACT CHECK: Obama, GOP spin recent energy stats

By The Associated Press

GOP rendition of U.S. energy production isn't in line with the facts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… y the post-spill moratorium, called for annual lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, and has offered or plans to offer up much of the Wester …"

West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net

By Christiane Badgley

Industry regulation and disaster plans missing as Ghana ramps up production

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… police the industry and equipment needed to react to spills.Located along Africa’s Atlantic Coast, Ghana is slipping down the same unregulated slope as o …"

"… $3 billion Jubilee field ready in record time.Ghana became the latest West African country to share in an oil exploration boom that had taken on new emphasi …"

"… 90s. After the terrorist attacks, the United States looked increasingly to Africa as a “safe” alternative to Middle Eastern oil.Then-President George W. …"

"… le Eastern oil.Then-President George W. Bush traveled twice to sub-Saharan Africa and met with a number of African heads of state. Exploration in the Gulf o …"

Keystone XL pipeline rejection a setback for Canadian tar sands development

By Corbin Hiar

Keystone XL pipeline rejection won't stop the development of Canada's carbon-rich fuel

FACT CHECK: GOP’s phantom job losses

By FactCheck.Org

Looking to smear Obama, Republicans effectively triple job loss stats

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… policies. And they include one that President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw — a proposal that would have tightened r …"

Keystone pipeline fight: Wall Street is watching

By Corbin Hiar

White House approval of oil sands pipeline could spur investments in dirtier fossil fuels and worsen global warming

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… an the fate of the so-called Keystone XL project. It is among a handful of energy projects in North America whose approval could boost investment and create …"

"… ces of fossil fuels. Many scientists believe increased use of such dirtier energy could make it harder to avert a climate crisis.While protestors want White …"

"… nvestments going forward.”If TransCanada Corp., a Calgary, Alberta-based energy company, receives administration approval to build the $7 billion pipeline …"

"… d States,” API asserts. “China, for example, has been actively seeking energy resources.”Environmental groups dispute industry claims that the project …"

Federal fracking response could be years away

By Evan Bush

In safety demo, Halliburton worker swigs fracking fluid - a sign of industry assurance. Little stands in way of natural gas extraction boom.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Council on Foreign Relations":

"… racking. Michael A. Levi, who specializes in energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan foreign policy think tank, anticipates little movement on t …"

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance

By Christiane Badgley

Fishing and the offshore oil industry in Ghana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… an investment of about $3.4 billion. U.S. firms Kosmos Energy and Anadarko Petroleum are part of an operating consortium headed by U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC. …"

Interior Department still struggling to collect oil and gas revenues in aftermath of Gulf spill

By Laurel Adams

GAO: Interior is struggling to incorporate changes with existing roles

Fact Watch: Playing politics with gasoline prices; both parties make questionable claims

By FactCheck.Org

Democrats and Republicans both demagogue the gasoline price issue

Excerpts from this story referencing "driver":

"… of the FTC's investigations have revealed market factors to be the primary drivers of both price increases and price spikes."In May 2006, the FTC issued a r …"

"… et better gas mileage. On page 8-15 of its impact analysis, the EPA says a driver who takes a 60-month car loan on a model year 2016 car can expected a net …"

Fact Check: Permitting some fudging on oil stats

By Margaret L. Ryan

Obama official defends slow drilling record with selective use of data

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$163 million spent on oil pollution research — with no coordination

By Laurel Adams

Interagency committee to coordinate oil pollution research - didn't

BP's Iris Cross starred in two disaster PR campaigns

By Aaron Mehta

Before oil spills ads, BP's Iris Cross drew jury tampering accusations in earlier disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "Neil Geary":

"… e batches of letters were signed by Iris Cross while others were signed by Neil Geary, her supervisor.The one page letter sought to address “reports in the me …"

Oil spill cleanup fund is running out of money

By Laurel Adams

Oil spill damages fund, with a $1 billion cap, is nearly tapped out

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf Coast":

"… ll unclear how much the federal government will pay out for damages on the Gulf Coast but the government fund is edging close to the $1 billion cap.Once the lim …"

One year after tragedy, agency urges oil refineries to invest in safety

By Chris Hamby

Year after tragedy, government pleads for prevention

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rafael Moure-Eraso":

"… continue to occur with alarming frequency,” said the board’s chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso.The board urged companies to maintain and inspect equipment and to identif …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC":

"… resident of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association. Credit: ABCNow, leveraging the anti-regulatory mood in Washington, the industry is att …"

BP spill report underscores government complacency

By Aaron Mehta

A presidentially-appointed commission today called for major changes in offshore oil drilling and described the Deepwater Horizon spill as “

After oil spill cleanup, mystery surrounds oil remaining in Gulf

By Laurel Adams

More than eight months after the Deepwater Horizon spill, researchers are still unable to paint an accurate picture on the amount of oil tha

National Academy releases interim report on Deepwater Horizon

By Aaron Mehta

The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council have just released preliminary findings on what caused the explosion a

Re-named offshore energy agency urged to publish production data

By Linsey Isaacs

The scandal-wracked Minerals Management Services changed its name to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… user-friendly to datamine@publicintegrity.org. You can also message us on Twitter or discuss the project on our Facebook page. We’re eager to hear what yo …"

What’s the cost of fixing BP’s image?

By Aaron Mehta

BP tripled its spending on corporate advertising after its devastating crude oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico in April, paying more than $93.4

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