A sign blocks off the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park in early October, before it was reopened to visitors using state funds.  (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

Environmentalists threaten lawsuit as drilling continues despite shutdown

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Despite the government shutdown, existing oil and gas wells can keep flowing and drilling work can keep going too. The result, says the Center for Biological Diversity, is a jarring situation where oil companies can keep treading on public lands, even as other visitors are barred from the territory.
Drivers and a man pushing a lawnmower line up at a gas station in San Jose, Calif., in March 1974. The Arab oil embargo that began in October 1973 kicked off a severe recession from November 1973 through March 1975. (AP photo)

Military and business leaders urge US to end oil’s fuel monopoly

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In a report issued Tuesday, former U.S. military leaders, cabinet secretaries and business leaders recommend ways the United States can pare America’s vulnerability to oil price hikes, by giving alternatives a chance to compete with gasoline and ending “oil’s virtual monopoly as a transportation fuel.”
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Report: US oil growth having limited effect on energy security

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The United States may soon claim the throne as the world’s top crude and gas producer, but America’s dependence on oil leaves the nation at risk, according to a global energy security assessment issued Monday.
Sugarcane is harvested in Brazil for BP's Tropical ethanol plant, part of BP's biofuels expansion in the South American country. (Marc Morrison/BP)

API asks feds to reconsider 2013 biofuel quotas

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Oil companies are asking the Obama administration to reconsider renewable fuel quotas for the year that they said were “unrealistic.”
The oil platform Gilda is seen in federal waters in the Santa Barbara Channel off Ventura, Calif, in 2005. (AP Photo/The Santa Barbara News-Press, Steve Malone, file)

Senate passes bill to enact US-Mexico oil treaty

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The Senate on Saturday unanimously passed legislation to enact a long-stalled international treaty that would govern oil drilling along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico, but the popular measure faces an uncertain future in the House.
A protester holds up a placard during a rally to end the government shutdown, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Luis M. Alvarez)

Shutdown stops flow of government oil and gas data

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The government shutdown is halting the flow of data about the nation’s crude and gas inventories, dealing a blow to oil traders and energy analysts who rely on the information.
Protestors at the National Mall call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Executives to Obama: Rejecting pipeline would threaten economy

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More than 160 business executives on Thursday warned President Barack Obama that rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline would send a dangerous signal to investors and threaten U.S. economic growth.
Former  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Salazar: Shutdown will hurt Gulf production

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The federal government shutdown could harm oil and gas production across the United States, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar warned Thursday.
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Oil industry says sulfur mandates could hurt gasoline supplies

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The oil industry’s largest trade group on Thursday said refiners need more time to comply with looming new requirements to pare sulfur from gasoline. The American Petroleum Institute warned that a “rushed timeline” could hurt the nation’s gasoline supply.
David Devine, president of central regional natural gas pipelines for Kinder Morgan. (Photo courtesy Interstate Natural Gas Association of America)

Kinder Morgan exec: Pipeline grid needs realignment

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Surging oil and gas production in new areas across the United States creates fresh opportunities and challenges for companies operating a labyrinth of North American pipelines built decades before the current drilling boom, said Kinder Morgan executive David Devine.