President Barack Obama arrives at TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., in 2012. The southern leg of Keystone XL did not require State Department approval. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Report: Most Keystone crude will stay in U.S.

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President Barack Obama has questioned the merits of the pipeline, suggesting last year that the crude carried through it would go “everywhere else” but the U.S.
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

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The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…
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Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

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The Interior Department’s proposal would for the first time impose specific mandates on offshore drilling in isolated U.S. Arctic waters — updating rules that were built decades ago for the much more temperate Gulf of Mexico.
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84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

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The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.
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Obama’s chief economist says oil price drop offsets slowdown overseas

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The annual Economic Report of the President, to be released Thursday, projected 3 percent annual growth this year.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senators push for oil export deal with Mexico

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At issue is a Pemex affiliate’s request to export 100,000 barrels per day of light U.S. oil and condensates in exchange for heavy Mexican crude — a transaction that can be approved by U.S. regulators on a case-by-case basis under existing trade laws.
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

NiSource planning billions in midstream investment

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NiSource CEO Robert Skaggs indicated that the company would continue to look for ways to move natural gas from Marcellus and Utica plays to markets in the mid-Atlantic.
Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Manufacturers say EPA proposals would halt expansions

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Proposed federal rules governing the release of dangerous pollutants threaten the future of the manufacturing sector, the industry’s top Washington lobbyist said at a speech in Houston Monday.
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Iran’s Khamenei threatens to halt oil sales if sanctions persist

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Iran’s economy has languished under sanctions imposed over concerns that its nuclear program could lead to the development of atomic weapons.
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

West Virginia train derailment puts focus on rail safety

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The fiery derailment near Mount Carbon, W.V., shines a spotlight on steps that could make it safer to transport crude by rail, including automated braking systems and better track maintenance.