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Feds unveil proposed new safety rules for crude-carrying trains

Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)
Tank cars that carry crude oil across the United States would have to meet stringent new standards to improve safety and make them more resilient in an accident under proposed new rules unveiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday. More »
A fire burns at Red River Supply in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early hours of Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Officials say Williston fire burned chemicals

A North Dakota health official says air quality tests at the site showed levels “that would not raise concern.”  More »
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Oil gains on sharp drop in U.S. supplies

Oil for September delivery gained 73 cents to $103.12 a barrel.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Industry poll says Americans want more oil production, support offshore drilling

Nearly 7 out of 10 Americans support domestic offshore drilling but few believe the federal government is doing enough to encourage such production, an industry-backed survey finds.  More »
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Alamo Tube Co. is building a new pipe mill at Alamo Junction Rail Park south of San Antonio.

New pipe mill near San Antonio will serve Eagle Ford

Alamo Tube Co. is building a new pipe mill at Alamo Junction Rail Park in the San Antonio suburb of Elmendorf.  More »
A worker adjusts hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Commentary: A talk with Russell Gold, author of ‘The Boom’

Russell Gold is absolutely marvelous. Not only has he spent over a decade as an intrepid energy reporter at the Wall Street Journal, but he has written a book, ‘The Boom‘, which is the quintessential history of the US fracking revolution. The book provides a fair and balanced view on how hydraulic fracturing has kick-started […]  More »
The Energy Department still is reviewing an application by Exxon Mobil Corp. and partners  to build a natural gas export facility at the existing Golden Pass export terminal Port Arthur. (Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

Industry pans feds’ plan for gas exports

The Obama administration says its new plan for vetting proposals to sell liquefied natural gas overseas is aimed at streamlining the review process, but energy companies and aspiring exporters say the government’s approach could have the opposite effect.  More »
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer’s retrial postponed

An appeals court will decide whether a judge was right to throw out an earlier conviction.  More »
Talisman Energy Inc. explores for shale gas in the middle of muddy fields in Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Repsol said to explore bid for Talisman Energy

Talisman has a market value of about $10.2 billion.  More »
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Exxon Mobil says it’ll follow new anti-bias rules

President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.  More »
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Lower sticker price keeps gasoline vehicles competitive with alternatives

Improved fuel efficiency is keeping gasoline cars cost-competitive with alternative fuel rivals, according to a government report that factors in the higher cost of the alternative vehicles along with their fuel savings.  More »
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