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Oil workers on an Eagle Ford Shale rig near Tilden, Texas. (John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Industry, environmentalists mull ‘fracking’ rules

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Leases have been signed on tens of thousands of acres in southern Illinois. Studies have hinted at the potential economic payoff of drilling for oil and gas deposits deep underground. But so far, oil and gas companies have held off on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois because the state lacks ground rules for the industry.
(Photo: Vectorportal/Flickr)

Texas man faces more charges for bombing attempt

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A North Texas man described by authorities as an anarchist is facing additional charges for attempting to bomb a pipeline.
Categories: Natural gas
Bubbles come to the surface where pipelines come across Bayou Corne near Pierre Part, La., in August 2012.  (AP Photo/The Baton Rouge Advocate, Bill Feig)

Assumption Parish residents seek sinkhole buyouts

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Scientists say the sinkhole formed after the failure of an underground salt cavern operated by Houston-based Texas Brine Co.
Categories: Environment
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

EPA Region 8 chief resigns, GOP cites email probe

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A regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who oversaw investigations that involved hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming and asbestos contamination in Montana is resigning.
Categories: Environment
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Protest shuts operations at Ohio drilling facility

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Authorities say a protest by members of environmental groups temporarily shut down operations at a gas drilling waste storage site in southeast Ohio.
The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

Keystone XL won’t affect climate, TransCanada says

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In a shift in strategy, the company that wants to build an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas said Tuesday that the project will have no measurable effect on global warming.
Marius Kloppers, chief executive officer of BHP Billiton (Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg News)

BHP Billiton CEO to retire in May

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BHP Billiton announced that Marius Klopper will retire as chief executive and director, after six years at the helm. Klopper will be replaced by the company’s chief executive of its non-ferrous metals division, Andrew Mackenzie.
A drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

$1 million grant for Pa. gas drilling health study

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A Pennsylvania health company says it has gotten a $1 million grant to study possible health impacts of natural gas drilling on the Marcellus shale.
Oil workers on an Eagle Ford Shale rig near Tilden, Texas. (John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Students to get natural gas technician training

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A southern Kentucky city that runs its own natural gas pipeline has been approved to offer a pilot program in vocational training in the natural gas technology.
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Smaller companies testify on Parnell’s tax plan

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Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.
Categories: Politics/Policy