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Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist Amberlee Darold wires a solar power panel to a seismometer in southwest Oklahoma City. (Washington Post photo by Linda Davidson)

Earthquakes rattle parts of northern Oklahoma

The temblor occurred just days after SandRidge Energy injection well in the same area was shut down because of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake about 7 miles east of Thursday’s quake.  More »
This undated image released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows an artist rendering of  a possible FutureGen power plant. (AP / U.S. Department of Energy)

Energy Department suspends FutureGen project

The plan was to refit a coal-fired power plant in Illinois and store carbon dioxide from the coal underground.  More »
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Oil surges into bull market as investment cut seen curbing glut

West Texas Intermediate for March delivery climbed $3.48, or 7 percent, to close at $53.05 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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WTI crude oil climbs near to $50 a barrel

West Texas Intermediate futures gained 2.8 percent while Brent increased 3.3 percent.  More »
In this photo taken Jan. 12,  crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

Pipeline not state-inspected before saltwater leak

An official says it’s too early to tell whether the largest saltwater spill in recent state history could’ve been prevented with inspection because the cause remains unclear.  More »
In this photo taken Jan. 12,  crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

The berms were built to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing into a bigger body of water that eventually leads into the Missouri River.  More »
A rally against gas drilling is held in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Harrisburg, Pa.  (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing

The gas drilling coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized it as a potential threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »
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Crude rebounds as U.S. drilling slows

West Texas Intermediate for March delivery gained $1.31, or 2.8 percent, to close at $47.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks with Mexican Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray  in Washington this month. Videgaray said Thursday it is likely oil bidding will be delayed for so-called unconventional exploration projects. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico considers delaying some oil exploration bidding

Global oil prices have plummeted, including Mexican crude.  More »
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Oil falls as OPEC reduces demand forecast

WTI for February delivery fell $2.23, or 4.6 percent, to end at $46.25 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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Crude prices rise but bear market may not be over

WTI for February delivery rose $2.59 to settle at $48.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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U.S. aims to cut methane emissions by nearly half

A preliminary plan — expected to be unveiled this week — aims to cut emissions 40-45 percent by 2025.  More »
Ol sands - a mixture of clay, sand and bitumen -- are removed from a Suncor mine in Alberta, Canada. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Alberta likely to face recession because of low oil prices

Alberta has the world’s third-largest oil reserves after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, and Canadian oil is the single largest source of U.S. oil imports  More »
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Mexico’s Pemex proposes to import U.S. crude

Pemex said it would simply trade heavier Mexican crude for light U.S. oil.  More »
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Crude rebounds amid strong U.S. refinery demand

WTI for February delivery increased 72 cents to settle at $48.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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