Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Texas congressman introduces bill to end export ban

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A top House Republican is introducing legislation to end the nation’s longstanding ban on crude exports, as the oil industry campaigns for the freedom to sell the fossil fuel around the world.
A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)

North Dakota regulators to vote on oil shipment rules

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Oil industry officials have said the state already has proper regulations in place.
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Study ties outsize methane emissions to some oilfield equipment

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New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites.
The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials off Singapore in November 2014, following shipyard work and upgrades. Those improvements included a new main propulsion system, environmental controls and enhancements to the drilling systems. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

Noble pleads guilty to violations involving Arctic drillship

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Noble Corp. pleaded guilty Monday to eight criminal charges tied to pollution, propulsion and record keeping problems with the two drilling rigs that bored Arctic oil wells for Shell in 2012.
Princeton University researchers sampled methane  from this abandoned well in Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mary Kang)

Study finds ‘significant’ methane leaking from abandoned wells

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As the Obama administration nears a decision on whether — and how — to clamp down on methane leaking from active oil and gas operations, new research suggests abandoned wells may be a significant source of the potent greenhouse gas.
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Oil prices may delay Oklahoma income tax cut

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A law signed in April by Gov. Mary Fallin requires for the cut to take effect an increase in state revenue, provided in part by tax collections that rise and fall with oil prices.
In this May 9, 2008, file photo, a dragline crane operates at the Westmoreland Coal mine northeast of Hardin, Montana. Up to two to two-thirds of the impoverished Crow tribe?s revenue comes from the 15,000-acre Westmoreland Resources mine that sends coal to power plants in the Midwest. The chairman of the coal-dependent Crow Nation wants a break from the Obama administration?s climate proposal and says the pending rule violates the government?s trust responsibility to the Montana tribe. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, David Grubbs, File)

Crow leader says Obama climate plan would hurt tribe

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Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote said Friday that the proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would wreck the tribe’s economy.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at the 2014 IHS CERA Week conference. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Oil price drop boosts argument for crude exports

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Oil prices have fallen roughly 35 percent since June, with surging U.S. crude production helping boost supply beyond softening demand worldwide.
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.