Oil industry to pare Gulf seismic surveys

The oil and gas industry will take new steps to protect dolphins, whales and other marine life while conducting geological research in the Gulf of Mexico, under a legal settlement reached with environmentalists.
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Fast food chains put renewable fuel mandate repeal on the menu

Chain restaurants on Thursday launched a campaign aimed at repealing a renewable fuel mandate they say is hiking costs for franchisees nationwide.
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Critics challenge Obama administration’s plan for natural gas exports

Lawmakers and energy industry leaders will scrutinize the Obama administration’s handling of applications to export U.S. natural gas during a congressional hearing Tuesday.
A photo of a proposed wilderness area in Southern Utah. Anadarko Petroleum Company's plan to drill new natural gas wells in an area of the Uintah basin has been praised by some environmentalists for its incorporation of feedback from concerned parties. (Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance)

Poll: Environment beats drilling for voters in Western states

Westerners are more concerned about preserving public land than drilling on it, according to a new poll that bucks the conventional wisdom about the public’s view of energy development in the region.
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Preparing for hurricanes, 1,200 miles away from the Gulf

One thousand miles away from the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and government officials will be huddling on June 27 to strategize ways to safeguard offshore oil platforms and pipelines when hurricanes bear down on the infrastructure.
A student protester waves a flag and shout slogans during a rally against the government's plan to raise fuel prices outside the parliament building in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2013. Indonesia's parliament is expected to approve a budget that will slash government fuel subsidies, a move that will save the government billions of dollars but has already sparked angry protests opposing increased gasoline prices. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Indonesia steps toward fuel hike amid protests

Indonesia’s Parliament voted to approve a budget package on Monday that lays the groundwork for the slashing of government fuel subsidies, as police fired tear gas and water cannons outside to disperse hundreds of angry protesters.
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Study: Exports will have significant impact on US natural gas price

Henry Hub natural gas prices will become far more volatile and influenced by global market conditions once the United States begins to export liquefied natural gas, according to a new study released by the PIRA Energy Group.
Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks at the Energy Department after being sworn in as Energy Secretary. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Energy secretary vows to move swiftly on LNG exports

Top Obama administration officials on Thursday pledged to lawmakers that they would move quickly but carefully in vetting applications to broadly export domestic natural gas, with more final decisions coming this year.
Rep. Doc Hastings, a Republican from Washington state, and the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, speaks at a news conference. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

House panel advances energy bills; Senate approval doubtful

The House Natural Resources Committee approved a suite of bills that aim to boost domestic energy development and ratchet up pressure on the Obama administration to open new areas to oil and gas drilling.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Analysts: Keystone XL delays won’t stop Canadian crude exports

The longer it takes the Obama administration to make a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the better the opportunity for alternatives that would move Canada’s oil sands crude throughout the United States, energy analysts suggested Wednesday.