(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

U.S. loses oil jobs

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The recent loss could be just the beginning of the decline in oil sector jobs, as more energy companies slash budgets and shrink contracts.
(AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Broad coalition takes aim at renewable fuel mandate

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The measure sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., would preserve requirements for advanced cellulosic ethanol made from wood, grasses and other inedible plant material.
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Permitting, prices holding back new pipelines

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“This may be the most difficult time ever to expand pipeline capacity,” Andrew Black, CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, told lawmakers on Tuesday.
A crew in 2012 lowers a section of pipe into the ground with cradles near Winona, Texas. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)

EPA: Oil prices should be part of Keystone XL decision

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In a letter to the State Department released Tuesday, the EPA said plummeting crude prices could make the proposed pipeline vital to Canadian oil sands developers.
Lee Pfluger explains his proposal for a hydraulic fracturing facility in downtown San Angelo. (Kimberly Meyer/Freelance)

West Texas frac sand proposal abandoned

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The businessman, Lee Pfluger, ended months of increasingly rancorous debate with a dramatic flourish, making his announcement during a highly anticipated civic meeting in San Angelo on Monday.
Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., left, appears at a hearing with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Landrieu calls Obama’s offshore drilling plan a ‘gross injustice to Gulf Coast states’

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Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., took aim at the plan in her first statement since losing reelection last December.
(AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Obama budget would slash oil tax breaks while boosting renewables

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In his $4 trillion budget request to Congress, Obama also says he wants to change the way money from offshore oil and gas production is shared with Gulf Coast states, by diverting more of those dollars to national programs with “broad” natural resource and conservation benefits.
Northstar facility on the North Slope of Alaska. (BP)

The Great Alaska Shut-Out

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The “great Alaska shut-out” may be how future generations describe Sunday’s announcement on ANWR – the most recent salvo in a series of unilateral federal actions to close Alaskan energy development. Closing large areas of federal land and waters in Alaska to oil and natural gas development limits the energy potential of Alaska, deprives the […]
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives for work on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, as the Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat. The House approved the bill last Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate passes Keystone bill, despite White House veto threat

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The measure aims to immediately permit the TransCanada Corp. pipeline, six years after the Calgary-based company first asked U.S. regulators for permission to build it.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell planning to restart Arctic drilling this year

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Shell is planning on spending $1 billion to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska this year — as long as it clears legal and permitting hurdles, said CEO Ben Van Beurden.