Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, file)

New Senate chairmen aim to undo Obama’s policies

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The likely ascent of Oklahoma’s James Inhofe, 79, represents one of the biggest sea changes on a Senate committee with Republicans in charge.
A photo of a proposed wilderness area in Southern Utah. Anadarko Petroleum Company's plan to drill new natural gas wells in an area of the Uintah basin has been praised by some environmentalists for its incorporation of feedback from concerned parties. (Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance)

Utah gears up for lands fight as deadline passes

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A Utah state report found that oil and gas leases would allow Utah to afford the $280 million annual cost of managing the land, but only if those prices remained high.
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Commentary: Protecting World Heritage sites should be oil industry resolution for 2015

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Only Royal Dutch Shell and Total have publicly committed to not carry out or support extractive activities in World Heritage sites.
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Keystone XL bill hits fast track on Senate

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the measure Jan. 7, and is set to vote on the bill a day later.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker delivers his inauguration speech Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 in Juneau, Alaska's Centennial Hall. (Photo by Flickr user James Brooks)

Alaska’s Walker bracing for budget crisis amid oil price crash

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Politico wrote that Alaska’s state budget was based on oil remaining above $100 through 2015.

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

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From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.
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Cheniere LNG project marks milestone as Feds give OK

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The facility, which would be able to process as much as 15 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually, is the first proposed greenfield export project — one that wouldn’t be built on the footprint of existing LNG infrastructure — to make it this far.
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Anadarko, Dallas company to reimburse $5 million to Oklahoma

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State staff monitoring oil and gas wells for compliance discovered Anadarko Petroleum and Exco Resources weren’t paying the full amount from their wells to a trust fund for Oklahoma public schools.
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Feds offer guidance to would-be oil exporters

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Oil processed in distillation towers is broadly okay for export, according to the new guidance document from the Commerce Department. But oils that are simply run through heater treaters are still ensnared by the 39-year-old ban on crude exports.
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New Texas oil regulator steps down from oil firm

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The regulator, Ryan Sitton, will be sworn in next week to join the three-member board of the Texas Railroad Commission. Though he did not specify a date, he said he will resign as chief executive of the company, Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services, placing his ownership stake in a blind trust.