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In a cell phone photo taken by protesters and provided to news media by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department, Chris Wahmhoff stands near the pipeline he crawled into Monday morning, June 24, 2013 near Marshall, Mich. Wahmhoff emerged from the pipe about 5 p.m., after 10 hours.  Protesters seek to halt Enbridge Inc.'s building of a new line, saying it endangers public health. (AP Photo/Calhoun County Sheriff Department via The Enquirer)

Protestor who spent 10 hours in pipeline to face trial

The Kalamazoo man is a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.  More »
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Brent crude at a nearly 4-year low

West Texas intermediate crude dropped 8 cents to $85.74 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Gulf Coast refiners are importing less foreign crude, according to a new report. (Valero Energy photo)

Gulf Coast crude imports fall to lowest level in 6 years

Advances in technology have unleashed vast new supplies of U.S. oil, reducing the nation’s need for foreign crude.  More »
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Crowdfunding sites inspire amateur energy inventors

Online crowdfunders like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have produced a few successful technology and media startups. But the sites are also home to thousands of amateur inventors with big ideas that ultimately fail.  More »
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Pipeline leaks brine in Lake Sakakawea tributary

Houston-based Oasis Petroleum Inc. reported the spill, The Environmental Protection Agency said it had no confirmed reports that the saltwater reached Bear Den Bay on Lake Sakakawea.  More »
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Oil prices rise but are still in bear territory

Oil for November delivery rose 43 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $86.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

European chemical industry importing U.S. shale gas

As the U.S. chemical sector grows and expands, fueled by a surge in domestic gas production, the European chemical industry is stagnating, plagued by high production costs and a lack of investment in new plants and research and development.  More »
Gov. Rick Perry, shown in June, said Wednesday that  “If energy is going to be used as a weapon, America needs to have the largest arsenal." (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

Perry seeks unlimited natural gas and oil exports

“The first order of business to restore balance in Europe is for America to build an energy shield to protect our strategic allies,” the Texas governor said.  More »
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Rising crude supplies send oil futures down

Oil for November delivery decreased $1.47, or 1.7 percent, to $87.38 a barrel.  More »
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh.  (Associated Press)

Freeh says Alabama man should return Gulf claim money

Former FBI leader Louis Freeh contends most of the 2009 revenue came not from seafood harvesting, but from marine debris cleanup work,  More »
Cheniere Energy Partners' LNG import terminal on the Louisiana side of Sabine Pass. (Photo: Cheniere Energy)

Corpus Christi LNG clears hurdle toward federal approval

The agency found that while construction and operation of the import and export terminal could have some adverse effects, mostly temporary and short-term, they will be minimal.  More »
Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Peter Cella (center) participates in a ground breaking ceremony for the company’s new ethane cracker in Baytown. (Chevron Phillips Chemical)

Petrochemical boom pumps cash into local communities but strains infrastructure

As chemical plants rush to take advantage of the cheap, abundant natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom, industry and local communities like Baytown and Mont Belvieu have been forced to strike a delicate balancing act between embracing the flurry of new construction activity while maintaining good quality of life for residents.  More »
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