President Barack Obama arrives at TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., in 2012. The southern leg of Keystone XL did not require State Department approval. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Nebraska ruling upholds Keystone XL route

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The ruling now shifts attention to the nation’s capital, where the State Department, Congress and the White House all are playing a role in deciding whether TransCanada Corp. wins a permit to build the $8 billion border-crossing pipeline.
A worker walks near an oil derrick in North Dakota,  one of several states where production has surged, prompting a lawsuit over disclosure of toxic chemical emissions tied to oil and gas operations. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Suit seeks EPA decision on oil field chemical disclosure

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Nine environmental groups sued to force the EPA to make a decision on a petition asking the agency to require oil and gas producers to disclose toxic chemical emissions.
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Low gasoline prices the perfect backdrop to educate public about the oil & gas industry

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The public’s perception of the oil and gas industry is inversely proportional to the price of each commodity.
(Photo: Kim Christensen for the Houston Chronicle)

Study links Ohio earthquakes to Houston company’s wells

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Earthquakes that shook an Ohio town last year are linked to hydraulic fracturing, according to a new study published by a scientific journal today.

Mark Twain and the Vatican

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Mark Twain once observed that he was not troubled by all the things that people didn’t know; just troubled by all the things they know that just aren’t so.  So it is with Pope Francis. Pope Francis has been a welcomed breadth of fresh air to all independent of their religious affiliation.  He practices what […]
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A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Texas, U.S. rig count declines

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The number of rigs operating in North America declined by 29 last week to 1,811, marking the fourth consecutive weekly decrease for the count, published by oilfield service company Baker Hughes.
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New Year’s Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

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When asked about the Republican agenda for 2015, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is promising a “full-throated” debate on national energy policy. That worries me because ultimately, our energy situation is already moving in the right direction. U.S. oil imports have tumbled to their lowest levels in 16 years, with oil from the […]
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Exxon Mobil seeks to bar pipeline files

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Exxon Mobil says it shouldn’t have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas.
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Cheniere LNG project marks milestone as Feds give OK

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The facility, which would be able to process as much as 15 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually, is the first proposed greenfield export project — one that wouldn’t be built on the footprint of existing LNG infrastructure — to make it this far.
Saudi King Abdullah (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool, File)

Saudi King Abdullah admitted to hospital for checks

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Abdullah was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, the state-run Saudi Press Agency cited a Royal Court statement as saying today, without giving details.