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A protester against fracking attends a rally after a House Committee hearing on hydraulic fracturing legislation at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Residents’ lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules

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Among the allegations is that Illinois’ natural resources regulator didn’t consider scientific studies in its first rules notice, denying the public a chance to address the specific information the agency relied upon to draft the rules.
(Ken Childress)

New Mexico county passes strict drilling rules as state judge considers wider ban

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The new ordinance supersedes a moratorium on oil and gas development that had been in place since 2010.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a Capitol Hill rally for Keystone XL earlier this year. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Landrieu leading charge for Keystone pipeline vote

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Echoing Landrieu’s plea were moderate Democrats from Republican states, who argued for the project that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.
(Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Hearing held in flood board’s oil industry lawsuit

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U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown heard more than two hours of arguments on multiple issues, including the energy companies’ contention that the lawsuit seeks relief from the court that should be left to regulatory agencies.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

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“This is, in my view, the most important bilateral climate announcement ever,” said David Sandalow, a former top environmental official at the White House and the Energy Department.
(AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraqi forces retake most of strategic oil town

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Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town of Beiji, home to the country’s largest oil refinery.
Bicyclists are forced to use the sidewalk as they pass a stretch of bicycle path where a solar panel roadway is being constructed in Krommenie, north of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path

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The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete.
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR says it owes $312 million because it missed payment

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Biofuel maker KiOR missed a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi.
Categories: Biofuels
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christie Craddick. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

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The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

CenterPoint giving refunds to Midwestern customers ahead of winter

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The happy forecast from utilities, weather forecasters and the federal government predict that last winter’s record cold won’t repeat.