A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Oklahoma adds more counties to earthquake list

Letters were sent last week to 92 companies holding permits for waste-water disposal wells directing them to provide evidence that their wells are not at a depth most likely to trigger earthquakes.
Rep. Sylvester Turner speaks at the Texas State Capitol in 2009. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards.
An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Report: Crude export ban helps few refiners but hurts all US producers

Light, sweet crude flowing out of the Eagle Ford would attract higher, premium prices on the world market, if those oil exports weren’t prohibited by U.S. trade policy, a Rice University study concludes.
Smoke and flames erupt from the scene of a train derailment Thursday, March 5, 2015, near Galena, Ill. A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed around 1:20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)

Senate Democrats seek tougher federal rules for oil trains

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said the measure would ban the use of older tank cars, regulates the volatility of crude oil carried on trains and ensures that rail infrastructure is properly maintained.
Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, cleans equipment with a high pressure hose while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota.(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Maryland House, Senate pass fracking bills

Senators and delegates voted Tuesday in favor of their chamber’s respective bills to hold drilling companies more responsible for damages and place a three-year moratorium on the natural gas drilling method.
The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

As Obama administration weighs Arctic drilling, Shell moves rigs to region

Shell is moving its drilling rigs to the Pacific Northwest, ahead of critical government decisions on the company’s Arctic exploration plans.
Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor Mark Halperin left, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry right, during a discussion held by Bloomberg, L.P on the economy, energy policies, and his vision for the future of America at the downtown JW Marriott hotel Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Houston.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Rick Perry: Crude export ban should be lifted

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday his support behind lifting a decades-old ban on crude exports, calling it a “major error” not to allow U.S. oil to be shipped overseas.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

On Monday, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act dodged attempts by House Republicans to change the legislation and make it easier for fracking to start in western Maryland.