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Shale drillers keep output high despite oil price decline

Companies said they expect to pump more from their prime properties while cutting back in their least productive prospects.  More »
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10 things to know about the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal

Regulators, shareholders and employees’ whose jobs could be in limbo have all already expressed concern about the implications of the complex deal.  More »
Retired school teacher Elaine Doudna joins about 20 other protesters outside City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., as they speak out against fracking for oil and gas in El Paso County before a city council meeting. "It's something I really, really feel strong about, " Doudna said. Citizen fears about hydraulic fracturing, a drilling procedure used to pry oil and gas from rock deep underground, have made "fracking" the hottest political question in Colorado. Opposition to fracking has also surfaced in Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock, File)

Boulder County drilling moratorium up for vote

The moratorium is set to end on Jan. 1, 2015 and commissioners are meeting Thursday to decide whether to continue it or change it.  More »
Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers (TEH ENG KOON/AFP/Getty Images)

Production starts at natural gas development in Malaysia

Startups in Malaysia are expected to add about 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to ConocoPhillips production volumes by 2017.  More »
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Threats to global oil supply still exist, IEA says

The U.S. shale boom masks threats to global oil supply including Middle East turmoil, conflict in Ukraine and the difficulty of unconventional oil production beyond North America, the International Energy Agency said.  More »

In Denton fracking ban, scenes from the campus campaign

In the post-campaign campaign, opponents of the Denton hydraulic fracturing ban say the results were tilted by college students who have no permanent stake in the city. Here are scenes from the electioneering on campus at the University of North Texas, taken by a student. .  More »
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, gives a thumbs up to passing motorist at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.  More »
Gas Town Revolt

Denton voters pass fracking ban

The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.  More »
Kirby Corp. is best known for operating a large fleet of inland barges. (Photo: Kirby)

Kirby Corp. grows onshore with hydraulic fracturing boom

Kirby Corp., a Houston-based barge shipping company, is growing its business on shore. Since hydraulic fracturing took off, Kirby has found a growing market for its diesel engine services division. The engines power hydraulic fracturing pumps, and demand has been rising in recent years.  More »
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Blackfeet urge government to cancel energy leases

Blackfoot tribal leaders from Canada and Montana are calling on the U.S. government to cancel oil and gas leases on sacred land near Glacier National Park, as a lawsuit works its way through the federal courts.  More »
NATURAL GAS

Cabot’s profits soar 44 percent on climbing production

The Houston energy producer posted record high production thanks largely to its footprint in the Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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Houston co. invents wireless device to map underground oil and gas

Wireless Seismic could be a game changer in the way companies obtain critical seismic data.  More »
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Oil rout goes unnoticed in Eagle Ford shale

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil has dropped 24 percent from its June high, but oil workers in the Eagle Ford shale can’t help but feel optimistic.  More »
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Tesoro Logistics buying QEP’s gas processing business

Tesoro Logistics LP agreed to buy QEP Resources natural-gas gathering and processing business for $2.5 billion in cash to expand in the Rocky Mountain region and North Dakota.  More »
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Oil rigs slump by most in two months after prices slide

Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. fell by the most in two months as producers curbed drilling following the biggest price rout since 2012.  More »
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