A protester against fracking attends a rally after a House Committee hearing on hydraulic fracturing legislation at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Residents’ lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules

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Among the allegations is that Illinois’ natural resources regulator didn’t consider scientific studies in its first rules notice, denying the public a chance to address the specific information the agency relied upon to draft the rules.
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New Mexico county passes strict drilling rules as state judge considers wider ban

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The new ordinance supersedes a moratorium on oil and gas development that had been in place since 2010.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a Capitol Hill rally for Keystone XL earlier this year. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Landrieu leading charge for Keystone pipeline vote

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Echoing Landrieu’s plea were moderate Democrats from Republican states, who argued for the project that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.
A Gunnison Sage Grouse. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)

Feds declare Gunnison Sage-Grouse ‘threatened’

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The Obama administration on Wednesday formally declared the Gunnison Sage-Grouse a “threatened” species, in effect ruling that years of efforts to protect the showy bird and its Colorado habitat weren’t good enough to ensure its long-term survival.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

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“This is, in my view, the most important bilateral climate announcement ever,” said David Sandalow, a former top environmental official at the White House and the Energy Department.
(file photo) Mike McConnell, former director of the National Security Agency, speaks at the DNI Open Source Conference , Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Former NSA chief: Congress must pass cyber laws to protect energy, finance

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More than half of the 200 or so cyber-attacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s industrial control systems emergency response team have targeted energy companies, and and economic espionage cases have more than doubled in the last 18 months.
OAO Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin (Meridith Kohut/Bloomberg)

Former Russian finance minister tells Rosneft to keep hands off $44B from rainy day fund

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For Rosneft, the timing of the economic sanctions against Russia couldn’t have been worse: the company has to repay almost $30 billion in loans by the end of the next year, debt racked up in the 2013 purchase of competitor TNK-BP.

In Denton fracking ban, scenes from the campus campaign

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In the post-campaign campaign, opponents of the Denton hydraulic fracturing ban say the results were tilted by college students who have no permanent stake in the city. Here are scenes from the electioneering on campus at the University of North Texas, taken by a student. .
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, holds up a sign asking voters to vote in favor of banning fracking at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

In Denton, a vote ends very little

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The measure has already drawn two formidable legal challenges, one from the Texas General Land Office and the other from the Texas Oil & Gas Association.
Oil at $80 a barrel won't cast a shadow on most drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale, above, or other unconventional oil operations, analysts say. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express News)

Feds to beef up oil & gas data amid drilling surge

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The federal government will soon begin collecting more information about the amount of oil and gas pouring out of wells across the United States, with the data likely to drive policy debates in the nation’s capital.