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Drivers aren’t picking up on natural gas-powered F-150

Ford f-150 compressed natural gas
Early sales numbers show that the public isn’t exactly clamoring for an F-150 powered by compressed natural gas. More »
Mike Hamilton, ground and crew supervisor for Bayou Well Services, keeps watch over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) worker

Photos: Inside Colorado’s fracking boom

Look inside a walled-off fracking facility in Colorado, one of many sites that is making oil — and dollars — flow in the state. But the drilling has come much too fast — and too close — for several communities  More »
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Pipeline stocks charging high fees borrow to pay investors

Most businesses focus on profits. The energy infrastructure companies known as master limited partnerships are all about cash.  More »
A sign tower reaches toward the sky at the entrance to Schlumberger's Sugar Land campus. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Schlumberger boosts profit as oil explorers seek technology edge

Rising demand for more advanced oilfield technology to tap hard-to-reach crude around the world spurred a record first-quarter profit for Schlumberger Ltd.  More »
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Demonstrators hold hands while surrounding the White House during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Former US president joins opposition to Keystone XL

In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, the former president insisted that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe.  More »
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Industry opposes push to tighten oil field safety rules

More than a dozen oil companies and trade groups have lined up to oppose plans to broaden the federal government’s oversight of safety practices at wells, saying existing standards are enough to protect workers nationwide.  More »
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Pasadena terminal. (Photo:Kinder Morgan Energy Partners)

Kinder Morgan reports drop in first-quarter earnings

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners first quarter profits were down 4.7 percent, the company announced Wednesday, but officials were upbeat that growing demand for natural gas would be a boon for the company.  More »
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Oil flat near $104 despite huge stock build

More concerns about that Russia’s response to the upheaval in the Ukraine cushioned the price drop.  More »
On Feb. 28, North Dakota officials found hundreds of irradiated “filter socks” -- used to strain wastewater from wells -- dumped in an abandoned building in Noonan, just south of the Canadian border. The filters registered about 40 microrems of radiation, about eight times the naturally occurring “background level” in the area, the state said. (North Dakota Dept of Health via Bloomberg)

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.  More »
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Anadarko joins ad blitz to thwart Colorado fracking bans

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc., Colorado’s largest oil producers, are waging a media campaign to promote the benefits of hydraulic fracturing as residents push statewide measures to restrict the production technique as a threat to the environment.  More »
A pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Sustainability key to US energy future, expert says

As global energy demand rises, the United States must do a better job making its oil boom sustainable in places like the Bakken Shale, where fractured wells recover just 4 percent of the underground resource, a Rice University official said Wednesday.  More »
(Mathew Sumner/San Francisco Chronicle)

Drilling suspended after waves strike rig

Anadarko Petroleum suspended drilling while it evaluates the status of a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig hit by heavy waves Tuesday morning.  More »
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