Coal exports surge to highest level since 1991

Government data show U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong overseas demand offered an outlet for a fuel that’s falling from favor at home.  More »

Sierra Club sues in effort for Ohio drilling info

An environmental organization is asking an Ohio judge to force the state Department of Natural Resources to disclose plans for oil and gas drilling at state parks and other public properties.  More »

Oil prices fall on economic concerns

West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark crude, gave up 85 cents to end at $102.46 per barrel.  More »

W.Va. gas firm dismissed from drilling lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a defendant from a lawsuit that a Marion County man filed against two companies he believes plan to use his property to drain natural gas from his neighbors’ reserves.  More »

Total’s North Sea leak draws comparisons with BP

Oil giant Total has moved to reassure investors and environmental activists over the past week that the financial and environmental damage from its gas leak in the North Sea would be limited, a task made more difficult by comparisons to BP’s handling of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago.  More »

Spring: A time for flowers, high gasoline prices

Ahh, spring. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and gasoline gets more expensive.  More »

Shale gas exploration raises hope, fear in Poland

A slender shale gas rig rising from the midst of plowed fields and farm houses in Poland has inspired both hope for a local community’s prosperity and fears it will ruin bucolic village life.  More »

Books, films chronicle Marcellus Shale gas rush

Dairy farmers-turned-shale millionaires. Rural widows gypped by smooth-talking landmen. Revitalized communities. Exploding wells. Dreams realized and hopes dashed.  More »

Oil drops below $102 ahead of Iran nuclear talks

Oil prices fell below $102 a barrel Monday amid hopes that international talks between Tehran and the six major powers scheduled for this week may help avoid military action over Iran’s nuclear program.  More »

EPA says water OK at 20 wells in town

Featured in the documentary “Gasland,” the village of Dimock has been at the center of a fierce debate over drilling, in particular the process of hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Study ties oil, gas production to Midwest quakes

Outside experts were split in their opinions about the report, which is not yet published but is due to be presented at a meeting later this month.  More »

Better Mont. spill plan eyed by Exxon, agencies

Government agencies are working with Exxon Mobil Corp. to improve oil spill response times along Montana’s upper Yellowstone River following a major spill last year.  More »