Panelists said at an OTC panel Monday that variations on  the oil industry's hydraulic fracturing technology may have medical applications.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Cuomo says he wasn’t about to OK fracking in NY

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday a discussion over a new study the hydraulic fracturing with his former brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., didn’t derail an imminent approval of the natural gas drilling method that could remain in limbo for another year.
IHS CeraWeek 2013 attendees find their seats for the opening session of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Chemical industry surging on U.S. gas

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The North American chemical industry is rebounding from last decade’s economic declines as a surge in natural gas drilling means more raw materials are available at relatively low prices, energy analysts told IHS CERAWeek on Monday.
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Senator’s natural gas vehicle bill would have benefited top donor

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Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey sponsored failed legislation that would have boosted tax credits and grants for vehicle fleets that converted to alternative fuels, a business investment of his biggest political donor.
A Halliburton engineer performs a high pressure test of a new drilling fluid technology at the company's North Belt Technology Center in Houston

A molecule today, a barrel tomorrow

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The next great leap in oil production won’t come from massive drilling machines that can reach for miles underground, but from scientists working with beakers, blenders and goo.
Protesters rally against hydrofracking as the legislative session winds down at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., in June 2012.  A coalition of 100 environmental, health and community groups called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject any demonstration project for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Gov. Cuomo held up on fracking in NY to await health study

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came as close as he ever has to approving fracking last month, laying out a limited drilling plan for as many as 40 gas wells before changing course to await the findings of a new study after discussions with environmentalist and former brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy Jr., several people familiar with his thinking told The Associated Press.

LNG facility planned at Baton Rouge port

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Houston-based Waller Marine wants to have the LNG facility operational within the next year and a half.

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Aubrey McClendon, owner of American Energy Partners (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Chesapeake under investigation by SEC

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. acknowledged Friday that it had been subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other authorities related to allegations of conflicts of interest and collusion.
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A natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale. (AP file photo/Donna McWilliam)

Barnett Shale gas to remain profitable, study finds

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A study of the Barnett Shale found that, while production from the North Texas field will decline through 2030, there’s still an enormous resource to tap profitably, even at relatively low natural gas prices, according to a study by the University of Texas at Austin.

Could The Biggest Success For NGVs Be At Sea?

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As natural gas becomes ever more prevalent as a global fuel, there are increasingly more inventive ways of both consuming and transporting it (see above). While here in the US there is ever greater focus on CNG and LNG-powered vehicles, there is potentially another form of transport that could steal the crown as the King of NGVs…shipping. […]
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Business execs, lawmakers back natural gas exports

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A coalition of business executives, former lawmakers and government officials advanced a broad blueprint for boosting U.S. energy production while paring demand and fostering innovation.