(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Koch lobbyist to senators: Don’t reform biofuel mandates. Repeal them.

Philip Ellender, the president of Koch’s government affairs arm, is lobbying the Senate against a plan to reform the nation’s renewable fuel mandates in favor of repealing it altogether.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
(Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Shell exec: U.S. risks losing drilling dollars to Brazil, Canada and Mexico

The Obama administration’s plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases from 2017 to 2022 could jeopardize the United States’ competitiveness as Brazil, Canada, Mexico and other countries aggressively compete for drilling dollars, a Shell executive told Congress.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with officials from Britain, France, Germany, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry: still confident U.S. can conclude Iran nuclear deal

Secretary of State John Kerry said the challenge of finishing the negotiations with Iran over the next 2½ months would loom large over the G-7 meeting.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Report: Energy issues dominate congressional agenda – with little to show for it

Energy and environmental issues have gotten more votes in the Senate than any other issue so far this year, even though none of the measures have become law, according to a new analysis.
Petrol Prices At U.K. Gas Stations As Price Of Oil Continues To Fall

Cheap gasoline is helping some states rake in more tax revenue

Low oil prices could help shore up some states’ coffers, since increased driving brought on by cheap fuel will also result in more gas tax revenue.
(Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

Lawmaker suggests ‘grand bargain’ to allow oil exports

Democratic lawmakers hinted at a possible compromise that would allow oil exports — possibly with new economic protections and incentives to support alternative energy.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas House set to vote on bill banning local fracking bans

San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday.
Texas Capitol

Monday at the Capitol: Important Gas Consumer Legislation

Of the thousands of bills filed so far in Austin, perhaps none would more benefit gas utility customers than House Bill 2988 and House Bill 3749. If adopted, either of these bills would help ensure that consumers continue having a strong voice at the agency that oversees home gas rates. Both bills will be considered in […]
In June, GE tested this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

Feds unveil plan for keeping offshore oil wells in check five years after Gulf spill

The measure codifies many of the steps that companies have already taken to better keep offshore wells in check, including more rigorous maintenance and testing of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense against uncontrolled surges of oil and gas.