In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

US says decade-old Gulf oil leak could last another century

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The federal government is warning that the leak could last another century or more if left unchecked.
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The Atlantic Ocean could have one of its quietest hurricane seasons in years

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About 4 percent of U.S. natural gas and 17 percent of oil production is centered in the Gulf.
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Thousands without power during snowstorm in Massachusetts

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The state Emergency Management Agency says the plant’s emergency diesel generators are supplying power to the safety systems and there is no emergency or danger.
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Natural gas draws larger than expected

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The larger withdraw could lend at least some good news to a natural gas market struggling with a winter season opened with warm temperatures and huge natural gas production.
Growing concern about water use during hydraulic fracturing prompted the Railroad Commission to adopt new rules for water recycling.  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Water outreach should be a priority for drillers, report says

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Oil companies don’t have the best reputations in the communities where they drill, and can be seen as threats to local water supplies.
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Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

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I love working in this industry: the people are great and I really like working with and around all the technology it implements. That said, I do care about the environment, so I hope the industry will join me in furthering efforts to produce energy in a safe, ethical, and environmentally conscious way.
(AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Brent Lewis)

U.S. predicts lower heating bills this winter

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“Temperatures are forecast to be warmer than last winter and that means less demand for heat,” said Adam Sieminski, administrator of the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.
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New tool maps flood risks at nation’s power plants, refineries

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool, giving the public its first glimpse into flooding risks at the nation’s power plants, oil refineries, pipelines and other critical energy infrastructure.
A chart of earthquake activity in Oklahoma from 1882 to 2013 is on display at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in Norman, Okla., (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

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Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.
Barbara Brown poses for a photo by the front step of her home that now sits about one foot off the surface of her lawn, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that the top of the step once sat about four inches off the surface of her lawn. Brown said she believes the sinkholes on her property and the drop of her lawn have to do with natural gas drilling. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Residents put pressure on fracking firms as quakes plague region

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Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.