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Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, ride horses past the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. TransCanada Corp. is awaiting a U.S. permit to build the northern leg of Keystone XL, which would supply U.S. Gulf Coast refineries with crude from Alberta's oil sands. Because it crosses an international boundary, the proposal requires State Department approval. (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

Cowboys and Indians join forces to protest Keystone XL (photos)

A group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders set up an unusual display in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, building a teepee encampment on the National Mall and riding horses past the Capitol to oppose the border-crossing pipeline.  More »
Priscilla Ridley holds a rope before equipment is hoisted on Shell's Nanuq oil recovery and supply vessel, during oil spill response training in Valdez, Alaska in 2012. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »
An aerial view of the Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. Sempra Energy is the majority owner of Cameron LNG. (Photo: Cameron LNG)

Lobbying dollars flow into DC on exporting US gas

Labor unions, energy companies and other groups spent as much as $34 million during the first quarter lobbying for and against exports of U.S. natural gas, according to new disclosures.  More »
Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train are piled up following a deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Debate on crude export ban ignites lobbying in DC

A high-profile debate over the 39-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude unleashed a wave of lobbying in the nation’s capital, government filings reveal.  More »
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 »
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »
A drilling rig stands over a natural gas well near Interstate 70 west of Rifle, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Oil industry launches new ad campaign

The oil industry’s leading trade group broadened its pitch beyond the Beltway on Thursday, rolling out new advertisements and a series of state polls highlighting widespread support for domestic energy development from New York to Nevada.  More »
Demonstrators hold hands while surrounding the White House during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Former US president joins opposition to Keystone XL

In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, the former president insisted that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe.  More »
Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Feds announce plan to auction 21 million Gulf acres

The rights to drill in 21.4 million acres of the western Gulf of Mexico will be put on the auction block this August, the Obama administration said Tuesday.  More »
Aerial photo of a well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy Dana Caulton)

Study raises new concerns about emissions from shale gas wells

Researchers found higher-than expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.  More »
(epSos.de/Flickr)

US pushed to rewrite oil payment disclosure rule

More than 500 groups from 40 countries on Monday asked U.S. regulators to write strong new mandates forcing oil and gas companies to disclose what they pay foreign nations in exchange for mineral rights.  More »
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