Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei (Bloomberg News/ILNA/document IRAN)

Updated: Exxon lobbyist revises federal disclosure deport on Iran work

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Former U.S. Senator Don Nickles, who runs a Washington lobbying firm, revised a federal disclosure report about work for Exxon Mobil Corp. to say his company was enlisted to monitor legislative activity related to Iran, not to lobby.
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U.S. natural gas imports reach lowest level in 28 years

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Domestic natural gas production has hit record highs during the ongoing shale boom, and the low natural gas prices have played a role in replacing imports. Nearly 98 percent of natural gas imports came from Canada, but Canadian natural gas represented 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas consumption last year, which was down from 11 percent in 2009, according to the EIA.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Fuel company settles claims over air emissions in 3 states

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The federal government said Marathon failed to comply with some fuel quality emissions standards along with record keeping, sampling and testing requirements.
Greenpeace activists held a banner that said 'The People vs. Shell' as they scaled the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Environmentalists nab one big win in Arctic drilling plans

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Environmentalists howled over the Obama administration’s decision to approve Shell’s broad Arctic drilling plan, but they scored one big victory.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Texas governor signs bill restricting local fracking regulations

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Abbott’s signature is the culmination of a marker he set down in January, when he took aim at local regulations affecting not only fracking but tree cutting and plastic bags.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Governor Abbott signs Texas fracking bill

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The bill, inspired by the local fracking ban voters passed in the city of Denton last November, will take effect immediately after winning more than two-thirds majorities in the Texas House and Senate.
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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waves after speaking during the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rick Perry pushes Keystone XL during Iowa GOP event

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Speaking before roughly 1,300 people gathered Saturday night at an Iowa Republican Party dinner, Perry said the pipeline would drive down the cost of electricity and help lower taxes and boost wages.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Oil groups take aim at feds’ fracking rule

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Oil industry groups want a federal judge to block new mandates on hydraulic fracturing before they take effect.
Two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma Senate moves to eliminate wind tax credits

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With no debate, the Senate on Friday approved one bill to eliminate a 5-year property tax exemption for wind manufacturers, starting in 2017. Because the state reimburses counties for the revenue lost from the exemption, the cost of the subsidy has skyrocketed with the expansion of wind farms in Oklahoma.

Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars

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Senators from Texas, Alaska and other coastal states have launched a fresh campaign to siphon off more of the revenue that flows to the federal government from offshore drilling.