Tommy Beaudreau, acting assistant secretary for lands and minerals management, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Feds meet with Houston oil execs about Gulf accidents

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Top federal regulators met with offshore oil and gas leaders in Houston to discuss recent accidents in the shallow-water Gulf of Mexico.
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Fact check: Obama understates Keystone XL jobs

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President Barack Obama has revived debate about the number of jobs that would be created by the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in Alberta to refineries in the Houston area, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.
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GOP advances bill to block federal fracturing rules

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The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would effectively block the federal government from regulating the hydraulic fracturing process that is unlocking previously unrecoverable supplies of gas and oil.
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Commentary: The ultimate delay game

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As the five-year anniversary of Keystone XL’s application to the State Department approaches, proponents of the project agonize about the costly delays while opponents cite a lack of scientific certainty and certain doom for the environment if the project goes forward.
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July 16, 2013,  workers at the crash site of the train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The July 6, 2013 derailment left 47 people dead.  (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, Pool)

Industry fights safety retrofit of older rail cars

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The oil industry and U.S railroads are resisting the Obama administration’s attempt to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery, fatal explosion in Canada, citing costs and technical challenges.
Kathleen Hartnett White, director for the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Guest Commentary: Ethanol follies continue with Domestic and Alternative Fuels Act

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Kathleen Hartnett White says the renewable fuel mandate should be repealed, not expanded to include natural gas-based ethanol.
The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Texas loses another battle against EPA

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The U.S. Court of Appeals slapped down Texas’ most recent challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday — the latest defeat in Attorney General Greg Abbott’s lengthy legal crusade against the federal government.
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Commentary: Controlling our own destiny on gas prices

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America is on track to take more long-term control over its destiny with gasoline prices, as we continue to realize the benefits of increased domestic oil and natural gas production.
President Barack Obama addresses an Organizing for Action summit in Washington, Monday, July 22, 2013. The group was formed from Obama's 2012 re-election campaign with the express goal of backing his policy priorities. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Congress, Obama at odds over new Iran sanctions

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Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic’s already besieged oil industry, despite concern from the Obama administration that the measures could interfere with nuclear negotiations.
A hydraulic fracturing operation takes place in the Permian Basin in October 2012.  (Gaylon Wampler)

Federal fracturing rule carries hefty price, industry groups say

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The Obama administration’s proposed rules on hydraulic fracturing would cost an average $96,913 per well, according to a study commissioned by two oil industry groups.