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Armed security stands near an oil pipe at the Bryan Mound facility of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve  in Freeport, Texas. (Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Senator: Time to rethink our emergency oil stockpile

Sen. Ron Wyden wants the United States to rethink the size and scope of its emergency oil stockpile.  More »
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Report: Retirees, 401Ks hold most shares in oil & gas industry

The biggest owners of oil and gas companies aren’t found inside their boardrooms.  More »
Exporting U.S. oil probably would cause domestic oil prices to rise, but reduce gasoline prices, the Government Accountability Office says.

Federal agency says oil exports would lower pump prices

Ending the United States’ longstanding ban against most crude exports could lift oil prices inside the country while decreasing the cost of gasoline, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.  More »
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions

The EPA and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations that would rein in methane, a power heat-trapping greenhouse gas.  More »
In this March 29, 2013  photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas well  in Colorado.  (AP photo/Brennan Linsley)

Government lags in measuring gush of U.S. crude

The federal Energy Information Administration relies on state agencies for data about oil production, sometimes two years late. For natural gas, the EIA is collecting data from an outdated survey of producers in five states that was designed before technological advancements opened up new plays across the country.  More »
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Construction authorized at Freeport LNG

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Friday cleared the way for construction at a planned natural gas exporting facility at Quintana Island, Texas. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Freeport LNG to start initial site preparation and begin building liquefaction and pre-treating facilities at its planned export terminal. But the agency told Freeport LNG it cannot […]  More »
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Feds settle Gulf pollution case

A Houston oil and gas company must pay to settle government charges alleging it illegally dumped oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Feds move ahead with central Gulf auction

The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to sell offshore drilling rights in the central Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Report: Oil exports could drive manufacturing renaissance

Allowing oil companies to sell crude overseas could result in tens of thousands of new jobs at home, a new paper says of the United States’ longstanding crude export ban.  More »
Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources and C. Boyden Gray, former  ambassador to the European Union, speak about oil exports at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Exec sees Texas condensate exports soaring

Texas could be exporting 1 million barrels per day of an ultra-light oil known as condensate if oil companies have their way.  More »
The Noble Explorer drilled offshore in Alaska for Shell in 2012, and Shell's CEO says the company may try to return to the icy waters next summer. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Offshore drilling a winner in tight contests

A new poll shows that support for Arctic drilling is high in states where there are close Senate races.  More »
The sun rises over a drilling site in Frio County, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Democrats tell feds to crack down on illegal drilling

Federal land managers need to work harder to prevent oil companies from illegally burrowing into federal mineral estate, four House Democrats say.  More »
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