Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Fracturing health study results likely years off

With New York entering the fifth year of review of the process known as hydraulic fracturing, growing calls to wait for the study could push a final decision back several more years, frustrating landowners and the natural gas industry.
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NY natural gas futures climb on late winter cold spell

Natural gas futures advanced in New York, heading for a third consecutive weekly gain, on speculation that the late winter Eastern U.S. cold snap will help burn off excess fuel.
General Motors CEO Daniel Akerson (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Opinion: GM chief gets it right on U.S. energy policy

The Houston Chronicle editorial board applauds General Motors chief Dan Akerson for taking a strong stance on pro-growth energy policy.
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Maryland anti-fracking bills die

Maryland lawmakers seeking to block the natural gas production technique hydraulic fracturing have struck out in the General Assembly.
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Illinois deal on fracking could be national model

After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.
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Fed survey: Pa. shale gas boom regions robust

A Federal Reserve survey of regional economic trends says activity coinciding with the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has been robust.
Gerard Mestrallet, chairman and CEO of GDF Suez (Nick de la Torre)

Shale boom hurts Europe’s climate goals, exec says

The shale gas revolution has complicated Europe’s efforts to combat climate change, leading to failures because of policies that did not take into account the effect of the American energy boom, a leading energy executive said Thursday.
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Energy execs: Don’t eulogize coal yet

Coal-fired power may be on the wane in the United States, but reports of its death are greatly exaggerated, energy executives said Thursday. Also overblown: Predictions that natural gas will overtake all other forms of generating electricity in the U.S.
Anthony Earley, chairman, CEO & president, PG&E talks about investing in infrastructure during the planers Power CEO Plenary. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Low demand and high investment for utilities will raise prices

The recession dealt a blow to power companies across the country, but as the economy starts to improve, the increase in demand of electricity is not growing at the same rate it did prior to the recession, utility CEO agreed at a Thursday morning discussion at IHS CERAWeek.
Mark Papa, Chairman and CEO of EOG Resources (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Railway says fuel savings inspired LNG test

The nation’s largest railway decided to test out liquefied natural gas as a fuel for locomotives because the cost savings appeared too great to ignore, its CEO said Wednesday.