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Latest Keystone delay ignored as Canadian oil stocks rally

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“If Keystone gets approved, then great, but the system is working fine without it,” said Robert Mark, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc. “There’s a lot of Keystone fatigue out there.”
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Aubrey McClendon, owner of American Energy Partners (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Shale pioneer McClendon hires Chesapeake in Utica

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Aubrey McClendon, the pioneering shale wildcatter who helped usher in the U.S. energy renaissance, has hired the company that fired him to drill wells for his newest natural gas venture.
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Shell plans Russian expansion with Putin support

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Shell CEO Ben van Beurden won a promise of support for the plan from President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at the Russian leader’s residence.

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Labor shortage threatens to bust shale boom

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Labor shortages, causing delays in construction, threaten to slow the Gulf Coast energy boom and push back the date when the country can meet its own energy needs, estimated by BP Plc to be in 2035.
The sand is needed to keep open cracks in the shale after water and chemicals under high pressure fractures the rock. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg)

Fracking sand spurs grain-like silos for rail transport

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The sleepy silica sand industry that once mostly supplied glassmakers now ships more than 20 million tons of the material a year. Buyers including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. use the sand in hydraulic fracturing at oil fields in Texas and North Dakota.
Biomass can be used to produce various fuels. (Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Ukraine seeks renewable-energy boost to counter Russia

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Ukrainian officials say they’ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green. Ukraine is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power industries.
Actor Jared Leto during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

How Hollywood helps Keystone foes in the pipeline battle

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Having Hollywood stars and former heads of state on your side doesn’t assure success, but it can help “build up public concern and real outrage,” said Larry Noble, a counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.
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Pipeline firms with high fees borrow to pay investors

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Most businesses focus on profits. The energy infrastructure companies known as master limited partnerships are all about cash.
On Feb. 28, North Dakota officials found hundreds of irradiated “filter socks” -- used to strain wastewater from wells -- dumped in an abandoned building in Noonan, just south of the Canadian border. The filters registered about 40 microrems of radiation, about eight times the naturally occurring “background level” in the area, the state said. (North Dakota Dept of Health via Bloomberg)

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

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Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
(Theis Kofoed Hjorth/Flickr)

Anadarko joins ad blitz to thwart Colorado fracking bans

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc., Colorado’s largest oil producers, are waging a media campaign to promote the benefits of hydraulic fracturing as residents push statewide measures to restrict the production technique as a threat to the environment.