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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Agency can look at rig owner’s role in oil spill

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board’s right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.  More »
Hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique in which water, sand and chemicals are blasted underground to force out natural gas and crude trapped in layers of rock, has led to a surge in U.S. production of hydrocarbons including NGLs. (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.  More »
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Feds slapped with lawsuit for delaying oil payment transparency rule

Oxfam America is suing the Securities and Exchange Commission in a bid to force it to finish rewriting congressionally mandated rules requiring companies to disclose what they pay foreign countries for oil, gas and other minerals.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP Photo/Chris Miller)

Lawmakers urge close look at energy costs

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Tim Scott want their Capitol Hill colleagues to examine how proposed policies will affect energy bills and the families paying them.  More »
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Medlock: Without oil exports, drilling rigs could flee U.S.

It will take a “train wreck” of falling prices, declining oil production and idle drilling rigs before the United States lifts its longstanding ban on exporting crude, Rice University economist Kenneth Medlock predicted Wednesday.  More »
South Carolina would be among the states to reap benefits from offshore drilling, but some officials argue fishing and tourism could be threatened. Pictured, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo by Loren Steffy)

Study: East Coast states could cash in on offshore drilling

North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia could rake in billions if the Interior Department opens up auctions on leases along the Atlantic Coast, according to the study.  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 reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions

More details came to light Tuesday on Shell’s plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the company’s broad Arctic drilling blueprint.  More »
Mark Ruffalo attends the premiere of "Infinitely Polar Bear" in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Mark Ruffalo touts Houston electricity plan

Actor-turned-activist Mark Ruffalo cheers Houston’s decision to buy renewable energy — part of a trend of cities and corporations seeking out alternative power.  More »
The American Petroleum Institute is distributing toy shovels to mark the six years since TransCanada Corp. began seeking U.S. approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Keystone marks sixth anniversary with pipeline props

Shovels, anniversary cards and tours are all designed to highlight the six years since TransCanada Corp. first asked the U.S. government for permission to build the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

House tackling Keystone XL & gas exports in pre-election debate

Although gasoline prices have tumbled to four-year lows, that isn’t stopping lawmakers on Capitol Hill from exploiting concerns about high energy costs ahead of the mid-term elections.  More »
President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

U.S. expands Russian sanctions

The U.S. expanded sanctions against Russia to include the country’s largest bank, OAO Sberbank, energy companies as well as five state-owned defense and technology companies.  More »
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Gas price fears factor into oil export debate

A new survey ordered up by refiners fighting to preserve the oil export ban suggests voters are wary of selling crude overseas while the United States still relies on foreign supplies and as gasoline prices hang in the balance.  More »
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