U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at the 2014 IHS CERA Week conference. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Oil drop gives U.S. drillers argument to end export ban

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With U.S. output at a 31-year high and imports at the lowest level since 1995, producers seeking the best possible price for crude are straining at having to keep sales at home.
A Gunnison Sage Grouse. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)

Bird’s fate shaping energy development in US West

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The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and coal reserves and the best type of windy, open country for developing wind power.
(Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle)

Congress set to renew drilling permit program

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A program accelerating government processing of drilling permits on federal land could get new life if Congress passes a sweeping defense authorization bill next week.
The West Texas sky silhouettes a Linn Energy pumpjack in the Permian basin. (Linn Energy)

Production up, but methane emissions down in Permian Basin

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Even though energy companies are pulling more oil out of the Permian Basin, methane emissions have been declining in the West Texas drilling hotbed.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Green groups sue DOT over oil-by-rail regulations

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The groups want the Transportation Department to block refiners and other shippers from using older, rupture-prone tank cars to move crude from the Bakken formation in North Dakota.

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]
Memers of theOrganization of the Petroleum States meet Thursday at OPEC headquarters in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANISAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

Crude drops as OPEC stays course

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Crude oil prices fell $5 a barrel Thursday as OPEC ministers meeting in Vienna decided not to cut production.
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What OPEC’s Thanksgiving meeting means for U.S. producers

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The group will decide Thursday whether to maintain its current production quota of 30 million barrels of oil per day or reduce that figure in an effort to boost crude oil prices.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Timeline slips for some oil and gas regulations

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Here’s an overview of what’s coming and when in Obama administration rules for the oil and gas industry.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama’s punt on renewable fuel sets up fights in court, congress

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The delay, announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, follows months of fighting between refiners and ethanol producers over a proposal by the agency to lower the quotas for ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic fuels.