A Dow Chemical plant in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Manufacturers lobby against ‘unfettered’ natural gas exports

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Some of the nation’s largest chemical makers and manufacturers on Thursday united as a new coalition to lobby against a wholesale rush to export America’s new natural gas bounty, which they say threatens some $80 billion in planned investments in new U.S. plants and assembly lines.

EDF Trading moves into the Midwest in deal with ConocoPhillips

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EDF Trading acquires Midwest commercial and industrial natural gas portfolio from ConocoPhillips.
Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total will start shale drilling in Denmark this year, CEO says

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Total SA (FP), Europe’s third-biggest oil company, expects to start exploratory drilling in Denmark later this year as part of a push to develop shale energy projects outside the U.S.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas, Shale
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

DNR: New map shows Marcellus shale distribution

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The Department of Natural Resources says a new map shows the distribution of Marcellus shale deposits in western Maryland.

Clean and Green Investment Forum

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On December 3 and 4 I attended Opal Financial’s 2012 Clean and Green Investment Forum. I was invited to moderate a panel on “Market Outlook for Renewables vs Fossil Fuels”. Forum participants included many investors and strategists with an interest i…
A drilling rig stands over a natural gas well near Interstate 70 west of Rifle, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Deloitte report boosts natural gas exports

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A study concludes that U.S. natural gas prices would rise about 15 cents per million British thermal units by 2030 if exports are allowed.
Categories: LNG, Natural gas
(Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle)

Oil production to grow at fastest rate ever

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With rising crude production, gasoline prices are expected to drop from $3.63 per gallon of regular in 2012 to $3.34 in 2014, according to the federal projections.
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Pennsylvania lawmakers make case for LNG exports

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Pennsylvania state lawmakers eager to support natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation are pleading with the Obama administration to fast-track industry requests to widely export the fossil fuel.

Chesapeake: shareholders get more say, CEO less pay

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The sweeping changes are a sign that the days of McClendon using the company as his personal financial playground are over.
An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Colo. oil, gas panel OKs groundwater sampling rule

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Colorado oil and natural gas regulators approved rules making the state the first to require energy companies to do groundwater sampling both before and after they drill.