(AP file photo/Bob Bird)

Dow Chemical fights ally Exxon’s natural gas export push

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Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Dow Chemical Co. (DOW), big-dollar lobbying allies on many issues in Washington, are on opposite sides of a high-stakes fight over how much of rising U.S. natural gas supplies should be sold overseas.
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Shell plans to make a big move into supplying liquefied natural gas for transportation, including trains like this experimental  Canadian National Railway natural gas locomotive and fuel tank. (Canadian National Railway photo)

Railroads focus on natural gas

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U.S. railroads are looking to natural gas to help meet a 2015 deadline for lowering emissions. But it’s unlikely that more than a handful of locomotives will be using the fuel by then.
John Hofmeister, former president Shell Oil Company and chief executive of Citizens for Affordable Energy. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, file)

Former Shell chief calls for overhaul of U.S. energy approach

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Former Shell President John Hofmeister delivered a decidedly downbeat assessment of U.S. energy policy during the World LNG Fuels Conference in Houston Tuesday. He came between speakers who bemoaned hurdles they say keep the nation’s bounty of natural gas from reaching its full potential.

Is competition an old solution to natural gas dispute?

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In the early part of the last century, Houston was one of the few major U.S. cities that had more than one gas company.
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(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

Steffy: Competition is history’s solution to natural gas prices

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As CenterPoint Energy combats city council’s claims that it’s overcharging customers, Houston could take a lesson from its own history and allow the competition to police the markets, columnist Loren Steffy says.
A satellite image of the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria, which is jointly operated by BP, Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

Algeria attack no outlier as oil targeted three times a week

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While the attack in Algeria that killed at least 38 hostages was the deadliest raid on the oil industry in five years, it’s far from unprecedented.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

NC fracking study group tackles disclosure rules

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Interest groups hashing out North Carolina’s fracking regulations started work Tuesday by tackling rules on what the public will be told about chemical additives pumped underground and how broad trade secrecy exceptions will be allowed.
Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, listens to Dan Sullivan, Alaska's natural resources commissioner, during an overview of Gov. Sean Parnell's bill to lower taxes on the oil industry to a Senate committee on oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in Juneau, Alaska. More testimony is planned next week, with the intent of getting the bill to the Senate Resources Committee by Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Senator: No conflict with oil, gas issues

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A state senator on leave from his job with energy company ConocoPhillips said Tuesday he doesn’t see a conflict of interest with his legislative duties, which include serving as co-chair of a special committee on oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Fleet vehicles, like this Waste Management truck, remain a more promising market for natural gas fuel than private cars. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Natural gas vehicles remain less prevalent in U.S. than elsewhere

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Natural gas will power a smaller percentage of vehicles in the United States than in some other countries despite the abundance of the fuel here, speakers said at a conference.
The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

BP: Four missing employees in Algeria feared dead

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Four BP employees listed as missing after the terrorist attack in Algeria now are feared dead.
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