An explosion caused when a construction crew hit a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipe Friday, left at least 11 people injured and brought traffic on Highway 99 in Fresno to a halt, as 100 foot-high flames towered over the roadway.
Hundreds of families were evacuated and two water treatment plants were shut down after dozens of the cars left the tracks and 19 caught fire Monday afternoon, creating shuddering explosions and intense heat.
The political hot potato known as Keystone XL may soon be heading to President Obama's desk. After six years of deliberations over the proposed oil pipeline, forces on all sides of the debate are ready for Obama to make his decision.
Royal Dutch Shell will pay an $83.5 million settlement to a Nigerian fishing community for the country's worst oil spill. The settlement ends a three-year legal battle in Britain over two spills in 2008.
New York fracking ban comes as state officials deem that shale gas extraction carries unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied. New York has had a temporary fracking ban in place since the environmental review began in 2008.
Oil prices have plunged to a fresh five-year low after the International Energy Agency reduced its outlook for global oil demand. The benchmark New York oil price slipped further below $60 a barrel in early Friday trading.