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U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp  speaks during a news conference Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

U.S. must invest in Arctic, Senate panel told

As the United States prepares to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the country needs to invest more heavily in icebreakers, navigational aids and other resources for the region.  More »
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds weighing Shell bid for more time in Arctic

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the Obama administration will decide soon whether to yield to Shell’s request for an extension of its Arctic drilling leases. Statoil and ConocoPhillips have made parallel requests for leases that will begin expiring in 2019.  More »
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senator wants tougher rules for volatile oil moved by rail

Sen. Charles Schumer wants federal regulators to require crude to be stripped of volatile compounds before it is loaded into rail cars criss-crossing the country.  More »
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks with reporters following a weekly Republican policy luncheon, at the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas.  More »
US President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. Obama spoke about the Keystone XL pipeline and his energy policies. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

Senate clashes with Obama on Keystone XL veto

Senate champions of Keystone XL failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would authorize the pipeline on Wednesday.  More »
(Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Crude exports in spotlight as House leaders urge slow approach

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders took pains to stress they will move carefully as they consider whether to loosen the nation’s 40-year-old ban on crude exports.  More »
Scott Sheffield, chairman and CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, speaks in Midland, Texas. (Tim Fischer\Reporter-Telegram)

Oil producers make pitch to Congress

Oil producers are pleading with lawmakers for the chance to export crude.  More »
Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Federal oil lease sale of western Gulf tracts set for August

The sale will include approximately 4,000 blocks, from nine to 250 miles offshore, in depths ranging from 16 to almost 11,000 feet.  More »
Delta Airlines planes parked at the gates in Atlanta. (William Montgomery photo)

Delta challenges Obama administration on oil exports

Delta Air Lines’ refining subsidiary is accusing the Commerce Department of easing the nation’s longstanding ban on crude exports after “secret meetings” with oil companies.  More »
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, right, speaks during a news conference at the Iowa Choice Harvest in August 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Vilsack Q&A: Biofuels have a ‘bright’ future

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees big opportunities for biofuels in foreign markets and fueling airlines — especially if the sector beats back stiff oil industry opposition.  More »
Celebrity video Keystone XL screen grab

Celebrities line up to blast Keystone XL

The singers, filmmakers and actors — including “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp and Dawn Oliveri of “House of Lies” — lay out arguments against the pipeline in a new video.  More »
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

The fight over the $8 billion project is far from over, with Republicans vowing to try again to force construction and a White House spokesman stressing that Obama’s veto does not foreclose an eventual permit for TransCanada’s proposed border-crossing pipeline.  More »
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Interior Secretary: Feds won’t overrule tougher state fracking regulations

At issue are proposed regulations from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management that would govern the design and stimulation of wells on public lands.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., in 2012. The southern leg of Keystone XL did not require State Department approval. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Report: Most Keystone crude will stay in U.S.

President Barack Obama has questioned the merits of the pipeline, suggesting last year that the crude carried through it would go “everywhere else” but the U.S.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

The Interior Department’s proposal would for the first time impose specific mandates on offshore drilling in isolated U.S. Arctic waters — updating rules that were built decades ago for the much more temperate Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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