• Empty railroad tank cars snake their way into a storage yard in Newark, Delaware, July 28, 2013. The cars will return to North Dakota's Bakken region to be loaded with crude oil for another trip to the refinery at Delaware City, Delaware. With a shortage of new pipeline capacity, oil producers have been using rail as an alternative, and in some cases it's the preferred mode. Photo by Curtis Tate/MCT via Getty Images
    May 7, 2014   BY Joan Lowy, Associated Press 

    The emergency order requires that each railroad operating trains containing more than 1 million gallons of crude oil — the equivalent of about 35 tank cars — from the booming Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada provide information on the trains’ expected movement, including frequency and county-by-county routes, to the states they traverse. The order also requires that railroads disclose the volume of oil being transported and how emergency responders can contact “at least one responsible party” at the railroad. Continue reading

  • An empty bullet shell is seen outside the entrance of the al-Ghani oil field, belonging to Libya's Harouge Oil Operations company, near the city of Waddan in the central Al-Jufrah province on March 23, 2013. Photo by Abdullah Doma/Getty Images
    April 11, 2014   BY Andy Swab 

    New protests in Libya on Friday soured a lucrative oil deal between the parliament in Tripoli and rebel groups in the eastern part of the country. The protests shut down an oil terminal and refinery at Zawiya, located 28 miles west of the capitol in Tripoli, but also left the state of Libya’s oil exports open to speculation on world commodities markets. Oil and gas exports in Libya, the source of 95 percent of revenues for the democratic government established after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, were thrown open to question. Continue reading

  • An oil spill worker recovers and cleans a bird soiled by crude oil in this March 1989 file image. Photo by Bob Hallinen/Anchorage Daily News/MCT
    March 24, 2014   BY Ashley Ahearn, EarthFix 

    Twenty-five years ago the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, Calif., ran aground off of the south coast of Alaska. The vessel released 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, polluting 1,300 miles of coastline. Scientists Gary Shigenaka and Alan Mearns responded to the disaster. They told EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn about the devastation they witnessed — especially among birds and marine life — all those years ago. Continue reading

  • March 17, 2014   BY Associated Press 

    The SEALs boarded the tanker Morning Glory late Sunday in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus. Rear Adm. John Kirby said no one was injured in the operation, which was approved by President Barack Obama. Continue reading

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    February 19, 2014  

    As shale and natural gas fracking booms in South Texas, a new report raises unsettling concerns about possible related health risks and poor air quality. The Center for Public Integrity collaborated with others in examining nearly 300 complaints filed by residents. Jim Morris, a journalist who contributed to the report, joins Judy Woodruff to detail the findings and respond to the industry’s rejection. Continue reading

  • October 22, 2013  

    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have arisen from "cumulative" disagreements on a variety of international issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks with chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner and former State Department analyst Graeme Bannerman about the history of the alliance and risks of a reduced U.S. role in the region. Continue reading

  • August 16, 2013  

    Thousands of species of plant and wildlife call Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park home, but it is believed that beneath the lush floor lies $7.2 billion of oil. Drilling could threaten the rain forest’s biodiversity and indigenous populations. Some scientists argue a balance could be found. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    With an estimated 5,500 species in the Yasuni National Park, Ecuador has some of the largest biodiversity in the world. But Yasuni is also home to nearly 850 million barrels of crude oil, which Ecuador may choose to leave untapped if the world community compensates the nation to leave the oil permanently in the ground. Continue reading

  • July 26, 2013  

    Who’s to blame for the disaster caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion? The battle over liability continues to play out in court. Bloomberg Businessweek’s Paul Barrett sits down with Hari Sreenivasan to discuss contractor Halliburton’s guilty plea for destroying evidence. Continue reading

  • July 11, 2013  

    Hari Sreenivasan talks to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Nancy Wood, who offers an update on the new criminal investigation into the train derailment and explosion, backlash inside the town of Lac-Megantic against the rail company CEO and whether the recent accident is likely to affect oil transportation in Canada. Continue reading