Ohio shale well tax hike proposal under debate

Lawmakers will hear from backers of a proposal to increase taxes on horizontally drilled shale wells in Ohio on Wednesday.  More »

Fishermen sue Texas lawyer in spill claims dispute

The lawsuit alleges Mikal Watts failed to file claims for at least 98 percent of the 44,000 clients he claimed to represent.  More »

Cold snap bolsters crude prices

The use of heating oil is expected to surge.  More »

Earthquakes lead Texas agency to hire seismologist

Railroad Commissioner David J. Porter said: “Commission rules and regulations must be based on sound science and proven facts.”  More »

Temporary rebound expected for coal mining in 2014

Natural gas prices rose and coal regained some of its once-dominant share in the electricity generation business in 2013, a report says.  More »

Coal surge sullies Germany’s clean energy image

The share of electricity generated from coal rose in Germany last year as the country seeks to achieve its ambitious aim of switching off all nuclear power plants by 2022.  More »

Environmentalists seek to stop Miss. offshore drilling rules

Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound.  More »

Oil prices bolstered by severe US cold snap

The price of oil rose Tuesday, with unusually cold weather in the U.S. expected to fuel demand.  More »

Crude down slightly after last week’s plunge

Crude prices are falling because global supplies appear strong enough to meet growing demand in the U.S.  More »

Groups to demonstrate for NY ban on ‘fracking’ at speech

Environmental groups opposed to natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing plan to make a lot of noise at the Empire State Plaza this week.  More »

Oil prices jump on bargain hunting

Oil prices recovered Monday on bargain hunting after a week-long plunge.  More »

Libya bars oil tanker headed to militia-held port

A Defense Ministry official says Libya’s navy has prevented a Malta-flagged oil tanker from entering its territorial waters apparently en route to a militia that has shut down oil terminals for months in a challenge to the government.  More »