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Grouse measures defer drilling in much of Wyoming

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The total area of federal oil and gas leases deferred in Wyoming to protect the greater sage grouse — ahead of next year’s expected decision on whether the bird is a threatened or endangered species — substantially exceeds the combined size of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management figures show.
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Small gas-to-liquids plant planned for former Houston power plant site

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Capitalizing on an abundant supply of cheap natural gas, Biofuels Power Corporation plans to build a small-scale plant to convert natural gas to synthetic crude on a former power plant site south of downtown Houston, the company announced Monday.
Since 2008, industrial natural gas prices have fallen from an annual average of $9.65 per thousand cubic feet to $4.66 in 2013 -- the same price as at the beginning of the decade.

Low cost gas, energy efficiency could mean low costs for some manufacturers, report says

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A lower price of natural gas means lower costs for industries that use it–especially metal durable goods.
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Kinder Morgan to expand pipeline to ship natural gas to Mexico

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ affiliate El Paso Natural Gas Co. has begun a half-billion-dollar pipeline system upgrade so it can fulfill a deal to send to natural gas to Mexico.
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Chevron 2Q profit up on asset sales, oil prices

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Global production slipped, however, to 2.55 million barrels per day of oil and gas from 2.58 million barrels per day last year

Some Preposterous Data Points across the Energy Landscape

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If this tortoise could talk, I’m pretty sure he would say ‘preposterous’ in response to what you are about to read. For the wild and wacky world of energy has revealed some preposterous notions in the last week or so. Here are but a few of them.  –First up we are talking trash, for only 1% […]
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in March.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

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The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.
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Tanzania’s energy minister says his African nation seeks U.S. partnership

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The energy minister for Tanzania is in Houston seeking oil and gas investment in the East African nation.
Exxon Mobil has about 86 percent of its oil and gas production in what rating agencies consider less risky OECD countries, according to the analysis.(Carlos Javier Sanchez/ Special to the Chronicle)

Exxon reports higher earnings, lower production

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Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest energy company, fell after reporting worldwide oil and natural gas production declined to the lowest level in almost five years.
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Shell beats estimates, takes gas writedown

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Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s biggest oil company, beat analyst second-quarter earnings estimates while pushing ahead with a restructuring program that saw it write off about $1.9 billion in U.S. gas assets.