A flag flies otuside the headquarters building of XTO Energy Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. (Matt Nager/Bloomberg)

Exxon Mobil affiliate to pay $2.3 million for pollution

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XTO Energy denies any liability for claims in the complaint. Regulators say XTO polluted waterways with natural gas drilling in West Virginia.
A rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

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This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]
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Natural gas prices fall as weather stays mild

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Natural gas is a commonly used heating fuel and often takes wide swings along with extreme temperatures.
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Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

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Williston Mayor Howard Klug says his city needs to “spend some big dollars out there” because it is four years behind on projects.
On Dec. 17, 2014, New York environmental conservation commissioner Joseph Martens, right, explains the department's findings on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. At left is acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.  (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

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While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.
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How oil’s decline could spatter North Dakota

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North Dakota’s petroleum industry could see a big tax cut if crude continues to slide, and if that happens, it means the state will be missing out on billions of dollars.
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2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig

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The explosion occurred around 1 a.m. on the deck of a rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate, a community about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.
(Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Cheniere lands 20-year natural gas deal in Portugal

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The natural gas boom in the U.S. has led to a rush by major producers to put into place the infrastructure to ship overseas.
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Nature defends natural gas story over EIA objections

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A Nature article from early December questioning how long the North American natural gas boom could really last earned stinging letters this week from the EIA and University of Texas researchers.
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Out-of-control gas well keeping 25 families out of homes

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The Monroe County well had been temporarily plugged while work was being done elsewhere onsite.