Chevron, Polish firm jointly explore for shale gas

Poland’s gas giant PGNiG says it has signed an agreement with Chevron to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration.  More »

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Houston-based Hilcorp seeks to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of four holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border an hour north of Pittsburgh. The concept, known as “forced pooling,” means that people who don’t sign leases get bundled in with those who do, to make drilling more efficient and compensate all the landowners.  More »

Feds: Industry hampering oil train safety

U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.  More »

Former Energy Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Schlesinger, who died Thursday at the age of 85, built an impressive national-security resume under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and served as the nation’s first energy secretary under Democratic President Jimmy Carter during the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  More »

Feds list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a […]  More »

Oil up above $101 as US growth rate revised higher

Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery rose $1.02 to close at $101.28 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That is the highest closing price in three weeks. On Wednesday, oil jumped $1.07 to close at $100.26.  More »

PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

A disclosure document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary said the company expects the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of its transmission pipeline in San Bruno.  More »

Oil hovers above $100 despite higher supplies

The price of oil remained above $100 a barrel Thursday as traders held positions after a surge the day before despite a larger-than-expected increase in oil supplies.  More »

Busy Houston port needs upgrades to maintain safety

The energy-led increase in congestion in the Houston Ship Channel highlights the need for more maintenance, dredging, high-tech navigation systems and other improvements to ensure safe travel through the narrow waterway.  More »

Republicans: Obama administration stonewalling on bird deaths

House Republicans complain the Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcing environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed.  More »

Oil up to near $100 ahead of US stockpiles report

The price of oil crept closer to $100 a barrel Wednesday as investors waited for details on the levels of U.S. crude stockpiles.  More »

Fracking activist wants back on Houston driller’s land

A high-profile anti-fracking activist says an order barring her from stepping foot on land owned or leased by a leading natural gas driller has effectively prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends’ homes.  More »