A deal signed in May 2013 between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International would add a liquefied natural gas export terminal to the existing Golden Pass import terminal in the Port Arthur community of Sabine Pass.

Congressional opposition to natural gas exports seen easing

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The controversy surrounding exports of U.S. natural gas hasn’t disappeared, but recent congressional votes suggest the tide may be turning on the issue, as the Energy Department authorizes more companies to sell the fossil fuel overseas.
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House passes bill to thwart federal fracturing regs

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to thwart federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing in what was the first major congressional vote on the process that is credited with unlocking new oil and gas supplies nationwide.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

House panel advances plan to pare border-crossing pipeline reviews

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A House subcommittee on Wednesday advanced legislation that aims to speed up the government’s review of pipelines and power lines that cross U.S. borders into Mexico and Canada, over the objections of environmentalists and the Obama administration.
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Texas researchers win federal grants to study methane hydrates

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The Energy Department on Wednesday announced it is giving seven institutions — including two Texas universities — nearly $5 million in grants to continue research on how to unlock methane gas trapped in ice-like crystals under the sea floor and the Arctic permafrost.
The West Texas sky silhouettes a Linn Energy pumpjack in the Permian basin. (Linn Energy)

Democrats assail House Republicans’ pro-drilling bills

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House Republicans on Tuesday kicked off a week-long series of votes on measures designed to promote domestic energy development, beginning with a controversial bill that would accelerate the government’s permitting of oil and gas projects on federal lands.
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Feds nab $14.2 billion from energy development

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The federal government collected a near-record haul in fees and royalty payments from oil and gas drilling on public lands and U.S. waters during the last fiscal year, the Interior Department announced Tuesday. All told, the federal government collected $14.2 billion from the activity; Texas’ share was $17 million.
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Colorado proposes air-quality crackdown for oil, gas

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Under pressure to tighten air quality standards for oil and gas drillers, Colorado officials have proposed the nation’s first statewide standards for methane emissions and other heightened safeguards.
Lower marine riser package, left, and lower blowout preventer stack shown at National Oilwell Varco in August, 2010, Houston. (Chronicle/Melissa Phillip

Feds push back timeline for offshore drilling rules

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A federal official conceded that new rules for Arctic drilling and offshore emergency equipment will not be ready until 2014 and blamed the 16-day government shutdown for some of the delay.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages)

Fight begins over opening up Mexico’s oil monopoly

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The fight to revamp Mexico’s moribund, state-run oil industry could start as early as this week with a Senate proposal to allow private access to the country’s oil, a nationalist symbol that for decades has been fiercely protected by the constitution from possible profiteering by foreign companies.
Dan Kish, senior vice president of policy at the Institute for Energy Research. (IER)

Guest commentary: Leave the fracking states alone

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All of the United States’ increased oil production over the past 5 years took place on private and state land. The reason? Production on federal land is bogged down by red tape, regulatory uncertainties and restricted access to energy resources.