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Gov. Tom Corbett. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

Environmentalists say Pa. health registry needed

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department’s handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.  More »
This Nov. 6, 2011 file photo shows pieces of a chimney that toppled and went through the roof after an earthquake in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Less shake from artificial quakes

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.  More »
An Eagle Ford well near Kenedy, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

EIA: Eagle Ford to cross 1.5 million daily barrels in September

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the Eagle Ford Shale to produce 1.51 million barrels of crude oil and other liquids daily in September. It would be a gain of around 31,000 daily barrels over August production for the South Texas field.  More »
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Mexico enacts gas, oil opening

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law the rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.  More »
LLOG Exploration Co.'s "Delta House" floating production system will eventually connect to a pair of oil fields named after characters from the 1978 comedy "Animal House." (LLOG).

Gulf oil field names follow quirky, creative system

As drilling activity has increased in the Gulf of Mexico over the decades, geologists have had to push the envelope and develop even more distinct labels for their finds  More »
President Vladimir Putin watches a video-bridge with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Glenn Waller, Exxon Mobil's lead manager in Russia in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil began drilling for oil in Russia's Arctic on Saturday .(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

Russia starts drilling its northernmost oil well

The Russian-American project comes despite deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, in which each side has hit the other with sanctions.  More »
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Exxon drilling Russian Arctic shows oil sanctions lack bite

After more than two years’ planning Exxon and its partner OAO Rosneft, Russia’s state oil producer, will start drilling the Universitetskaya prospect tomorrow, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake profits down on natural gas glut

Second-quarter net income plunged by more than half compared to a year earlier even as the company cut spending and raised production.  More »
Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.  More »
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Chevron 2Q profit up on asset sales, oil prices

Global production slipped, however, to 2.55 million barrels per day of oil and gas from 2.58 million barrels per day last year  More »
Royal Dutch Shell offices in London. (Laura Goldberg/Houston Chronicle)

Shell beats estimates, takes gas writedown

Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s biggest oil company, beat analyst second-quarter earnings estimates while pushing ahead with a restructuring program that saw it write off about $1.9 billion in U.S. gas assets.  More »
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Pemex to buy U.S. natural gas via a Swiss trading house

A subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos will form a joint venture with Geneva-based Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. to handle the gas and will aim to be one of the five largest participants in the North American natural gas market.  More »
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