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A worker walks through the TransCanada Corp. Houston Lateral Project pipe yard in Mont Belvieu, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL

The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.  More »
Actor Jared Leto during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

How Hollywood helps Keystone foes in the pipeline battle

Having Hollywood stars and former heads of state on your side doesn’t assure success, but it can help “build up public concern and real outrage,” said Larry Noble, a counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.  More »
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Pipeline firms with high fees borrow to pay investors

Most businesses focus on profits. The energy infrastructure companies known as master limited partnerships are all about cash.  More »
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Pasadena terminal. (Photo:Kinder Morgan Energy Partners)

Kinder Morgan reports drop in first-quarter earnings

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners first quarter profits were down 4.7 percent, the company announced Wednesday, but officials were upbeat that growing demand for natural gas would be a boon for the company.  More »
Police scuffle with protesters demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Monday, March 10, 2014, as they block a door to the federal building in Philadelphia. The protestors say the pipeline would contribute to global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone foes make drastic last-ditch effort

“We’re trying to create as much pressure as we can on President Obama,” one environmentalist said. “We want to personalize this. This isn’t just the faceless masses.”  More »
A huge crop art image protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline covers an 80-acre cornfield outside of Neligh, Neb. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the tractor that carved the image into dirt. It was based on a design created by artists John Quigley and Richard Vollaire. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Lou Dematteis)

Keystone opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project’s path.  More »
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California to see surge in oil brought in by rail

Government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries.  More »
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Beaumont LNG provider to buy Encana natural gas assets

Stabilis Energy, a Beaumont liquefied natural gas distributor that is building plants in South Texas, said Monday it plans to snap up U.S. storage, regasification and mobile fuel units from Canadian oil producer Encana Corp. for an undisclosed price.  More »
Genesis Energy operates this crude oil pipeline in Texas City. (J. Patric Schneider/For the Chronicle)

Genesis Energy president to resign, keep advisory role

Steve Nathanson will resign April 30 as president and COO of Genesis Energy, a Houston midstream partnership, but will retain an advisory role for three years.  More »
Steven Schmidt, right, Terminal Manager of NuStar in Port Corpus Christi, talks with Greg Matula, also of NuStar, at the contraction site of the new pier for oil tankers.  Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

NuStar opens new Corpus Christi dock for Eagle Ford crude (photos)

San Antonio-based NuStar Energy LP this week celebrated the opening of its new dock at the Port of Corpus Christi, built to move crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
The LNG vessel Dukhan sits moored at the Enagas SA gas storage facility at the port of Barcelona. (Xabier Mikel Laburu/Bloomberg)

Gas carousel making Spain Europe’s biggest gas exporter

Spain overtook Norway in March to become the region’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, but the southern European nation has never produced any of the fuel.  More »
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Keystone XL foes seek health study on pipeline

Two Senate Democrats on Friday strengthened their push against the Keystone XL pipeline, unveiling a letter from public health groups urging the Obama administration to study the medical risks associated with the project.  More »
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