In this photo taken on Aug. 13, 2014, Friends of Augusta handout no pipeline stickers for people to wear during the supervisors meeting when representatives from Dominion present their proposal for a natural gas pipeline that would run through Augusta County to the Augusta County supervisors in Verona, Va. (AP Photo/The Staunton News Leader, Randall Wolf)

Pipeline’s path stirs opposition in Va., W.Va.

A proposed $5 billion pipeline that would deliver natural gas to the Southeast is finding opposition along its planned path in West Virginia and Virginia.
In this undated photo, Zach Lamppa poses with an unmanned aircraft in North Dakota. Lamppa hopes to bring drone use to North Dakota's oil fields to monitor pipelines. Currently commercial use of drones is banned by the Federal Aviation Administration but that body has recently granted several exceptions, including oil companies British Petroleum and ConocoPhillips in Alaska. (AP Photo/Energy Intelligence)

Drones could be used on North Dakota oil fields

While the commercial use of drones is largely banned, the Federal Aviation Administration allowed oil giant ConocoPhillips to use unmanned aircraft systems in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oil field last year and granted a similar permission to BP there in June.
Rich Kinder, left, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Kinder Morgan facing investor lawsuit over consolidation plan

Kinder, a Houston billionaire, is consolidating his pipeline empire as the U.S. shale drilling boom opens up $1.5 trillion in potential purchases and expansion projects.
(Thomas Shea photo)

Enterprise Products proposes $6B buyout of crude transporter Oiltanking

Enterprise Product Partners said Wednesday that it had acquired the general partner of Houston-based crude transporter and also proposed a merger for a total $6 billion deal.
(Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Enbridge delays N.D. oil pipeline at least a year

Enbridge is trying to build the 612-mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin.
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

New pipelines to end Midland crude discount in coming months, analyst says

The BridgeTex pipeline began its first shipments of oil from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast, in what could be an important step toward bringing oil prices in the Midland region back toward parity with the U.S. benchmark set in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Nancy and Rich Kinder at "Modern" the  Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Grand Gala Ball  Friday Oct. 12,2012.(Dave Rossman photo)

Kinder, Duncan family move up on Forbes list of richest energy tycoons

Thanks to Texas’ energy boom, several Houston residents rose on Forbes’ annual list of the richest people in the United States.
An Enterprise fractionator at its Mont Belvieu complex. (Enterprise Products Partners photo)

Enterprise announces new fractionator at Mont Belvieu

Enterprise Product Partners L.P. plans to build another natural gas liquid fractionator at its complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas and has secured the permits for another.
In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a soldier patrols from the top of a moving vehicle as residents walk in the street in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas state, Mexico. Mexico has sent its soldiers, marines and federal police to bring Tamaulipas state under control, as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry

Figures released by PeMex last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated; this year, illegal taps are up more than one-third from the same time in 2013.
(Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)

Suncor looks east to find buyers for Western Canada crude

Suncor Energy Inc., the largest Canadian oil company by market capitalization, loaded its first tanker of heavy crude out of Canada’s eastern coast this week