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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 »
Oil Barrels

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 »
Yellow oil barrels

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 »
Yellow oil barrels

West Texas crude at 17-month low

Oil for November delivery fell $1.49, or 1.7 percent, to $88.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Carole Johnson clears out snow from in front of a storm grate last February  in Rockford, Ill.  (AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Brent Lewis)

U.S. predicts lower heating bills this winter

“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.  More »
(AP Photo/HO, Shell)

ConocoPhillips strikes oil off Senegal

The company said further evaluation would be needed to determine whether or not the well had reached enough oil to make producing it commercially viable.  More »
Work is ongoing at a liquefied natural gas plant in George West. The plant is the first of five proposed by Beaumont-based Stabilis Energy to supply oil field operators with LNG to power heavy-duty engines. (Courtesy Stabilis Energy)

Proposed LNG plant aims to fuel drilling rigs, pressure pumpers

Drilling companies in the booming Permian Basin may soon have an option to power their heavy-duty equipment with the same stuff they’re pumping from the ground.  More »
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