Christopher Smith, acting assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Department of Energy, speaks on current government research on oil and gas during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle )

Feds float 2-month timeline for new LNG export approvals

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A top Energy Department official on Tuesday hinted that the Obama administration could issue natural gas exports licenses about every two months.
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Unlikely alliance: Political foes plea for more time on fracturing rule

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The decision by the two lawmakers to join forces is a sign of the deep and varied opposition to the Obama administration’s proposed hydraulic fracturing mandates.
Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks at the Energy Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after being sworn in as Energy Secretary. Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Moniz sworn in as energy secretary

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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s new energy secretary, said he will put on hold about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas until he reviews studies on what impact the exports would have on domestic natural gas supplies and prices.
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Senate forum sheds light on natural gas exports

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Energy analysts will be reading the tea leaves Tuesday as Obama administration officials field questions about their approach to exporting U.S natural gas during a Senate forum on the issue. Follow live as we tweet from the forum.
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.

Report: Abundant natural gas means no big price increases

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The United States has more than enough natural gas to meet the needs of domestic customers and simultaneously sell the fossil fuel overseas without causing big price increases, according to a report issued Monday. Inside U.S. borders, demand for natural gas is expected to be driven by power utilities, the conversion of heavy-duty vehicle fleets and the industrial sector, as manufacturers transform the fossil fuel into other products.
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Owner of fuel pipeline planning Ark. changes

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The owner of a pipeline that supplies diesel and jet fuel to three locations in Arkansas – El Dorado, North Little Rock and Jonesboro – has notified a federal agency that it plans to make changes in the pipeline.
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A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Feds give Texas project license to broadly export LNG

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The Obama administration on Friday gave Freeport LNG approval to broadly export domestically harvested natural gas, marking only the second time a U.S. company has won such a license. The export license ensures that the Texas-based project will be able to liquefy natural gas produced by BP to Japan, Taiwan and other countries that do not have free-trade agreements with the United States.
Workers tend to a wellhead during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Feds’ fracturing rule signifies Obama’s approach to natural gas

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You wouldn’t know it from the oil industry’s angry reaction, but the Obama administration’s latest plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands gives more ground to the private sector at the expense of environmentalists who pushed for tougher protections. Analysts said that’s a fresh sign that the Obama administration supports shale gas development and the payoff that comes from increased domestic energy production.
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Feds make concessions to oil industry in new hydraulic fracturing rule

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The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands and force companies to reveal the chemicals they use in the process, after making significant concessions to the oil industry.
General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, speaks  at the IHS CERAWeek Thursday,  March 8, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.  (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

New group seeks to protect power grid from cyberattacks

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A group of regulatory and intelligence experts that includes a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday they have launched a new effort to focus on computer security solutions facing energy companies and the government.