Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Republicans have votes to force Keystone XL approval

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Republicans now have the votes they need in the House and the Senate to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Denton voters pass fracking ban

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The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.
A tanker sails in the morning sun. (Louis Vest, Getty Images)

BHP Billiton to export condensate overseas

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BHP Billiton is preparing to export a processed, ultra-light oil overseas without the government’s explicit authorization — a move likely to be mimicked by other energy companies eager to sell crude to foreign buyers.
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White House monitoring oil drop, no action seen on reserves

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West Texas Intermediate touched $75.84 a barrel, the lowest intraday price since Oct. 4, 2011 as Saudi Arabia price cuts deepened a selloff in crude.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Next Congress Can, And Should, Move on Energy

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Energy should be a top priority next Congress. For far too many years, Congress has been at an impasse on issues of strong bipartisan support, including recent measures on energy efficiency and Keystone XL. Should the Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate, leaders should proactively reach across the aisle to find real solutions to […]
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GOP Chairman: Keystone XL will get approval if Republicans win Senate

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Getting approval for TransCanada’s pipeline would be among the top priorities for a Republican-controlled Senate.
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Cuomo: Hydraulic fracturing is ‘divisive’ issue

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But the governor continued to say he will let scientists decide on the drilling practice.
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Fracking ban divides Denton

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As Election Day nears in this small city 30 miles north of Dallas, a wary unease has settled over the early voting on a local referendum of national significance. If passed, the proposition would be the first to completely ban the petroleum extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing in one small corner of the great oil and gas boom state of Texas.
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Valley hopes for economic boom from Mexico’s energy measures

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The Rio Grande Valley, which has missed out on most the oil and gas boom in the nearby Eagle Ford Shale, may get its own boost from increased economic activity tied to Mexico’s energy overhaul.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Key election day races to watch over energy issues

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Energy issues loom large in some election day contests.