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Angry Michigan residents blocking Energy Transfer pipeline work

ET Rover Pipeline LLC might need to seek a court order to survey land since many residents of Genesee County are refusing to allow crews on their property.  More »
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and industry supporters, including the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, have harshly criticized the lawsuit. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Exxon joins Jindal to face Dr. Mud in wetlands legal fight

Members of a New Orleans levee board are suing 90 oil and natural gas producers for billions over claims that they’re destroying coastal marshes.  More »
A monument to Ukrainian poet and writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against an apartment building with a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom, in Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

Russia oil production nears record with sanctions yet to bite

Sanctions already halted some joint work between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Rosneft, threatening a project in the Kara Sea where the state-run company said last week it may have identified a billion-barrel crude discovery.  More »
Huntsman completed its $1 billion purchase of a New Jersey company's pigments business. ( Brett Coomer / Chronicle )

Huntsman completes $1 billion pigments purchase

The acquisition of assets from New Jersey-based Rockwood Holdings makes Huntsman the second-largest maker in the world of titanium dioxide and inorganic color pigments, used in paint, coatings and other products.  More »
Russell Girsh motions to his driller to turn the equipment on at an oil rig near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Jerry Burnes, File)

N.D. oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

North Dakota’s unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted salaries throughout the state, though the male-dominated, high-paying energy industry also is widening the wage gap between men and women.  More »
In this July 28, 2014 photo, Rick Huffstutlar walks through a pasture at his home with wind turbines in the background in Calumet, Okla. A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners. Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma reconsiders wind subsidies as industry power grows

Now that wind turbines stand tall across many parts of the nation’s windy heartland, some leaders in Oklahoma and other states fear their efforts succeeded too well, attracting an industry that gobbles up huge subsidies, draws frequent complaints and uses its powerful lobby to resist any reforms.  More »
Jim Ratcliffe, left, the founder of Ineos, released an open letter lamenting the European petrochemical industry's inability to compete with chemical companies in the United States. (ED Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. petrochemical renaissance sows worry in Europe

European chemical companies face greater pressure to rethink they way they do business in if they want to compete against U.S. petrochemical plants, which have been buoyed by the shale boom.  More »
U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land

At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations.  More »
This July 6, 2013 file photo shows smoke rising from railway cars carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

Oil, rail industries want up to 7 years to fix tank cars

The Transportation Department is weighing tougher safety regulations for rail shipments of crude, including stronger tank cars, slower train speeds and more advanced train braking systems.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Crude oil in U.S. slides most in 22 months on growing supply

Oil for November delivery fell $3.41 to end at $91.16 a barrel.  More »
oil and gas by rail

Oregon senators ask for more oil train notifications

Four West Coast senators are asking the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders of crude oil shipments.  More »
Nancy and Rich Kinder at "Modern" the  Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Grand Gala Ball  Friday Oct. 12,2012.(Dave Rossman photo)

Kinder, Duncan family move up on Forbes list of richest energy tycoons

Thanks to Texas’ energy boom, several Houston residents rose on Forbes’ annual list of the richest people in the United States.  More »