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BLM Director Bob Abbey addresses the audience. (Photo: Grand Canyon NPS)

Feds: Fracking rules in April; no decision on onshore royalties

The Interior Department has not made any final decision on raising the royalty rate for oil-and-gas production on federal lands, Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey said Tuesday. Abbey also said his agency hoped to unveil its impending rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in April.  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Poll: Oil, gas and coal gain favor as alternatives slip

An increasing proportion of Americans favor further development of oil, natural gas and coal, but a majority of Americans still favor alternative energy, according to a new poll.  More »
Demonstrators for and against the Keystone XL pipeline gather in Lincoln, Neb., before a public hearing on the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Energy group, crying political influence, seeks Keystone documents

The Institute for Energy Research filed a public records request for U.S. government documents pertaining to the Keystone XL pipeline in trying to assess their concerns that the Obama administration’s denial of a cross-border permit for the project stemmed from political motivations.  More »
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. (AP Photo)

Democrats up calls for Obama to consider oil reserves

Democrats increased their recent calls for President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, noting oil prices dropped Thursday after a report, which the White House denied, that the U.S. and Britain had agreed to release oil from their reserves.  More »
A delivery driver connects hoses on a gasoline tanker, prior to replenishing the tanks at a BP station in Pittsburgh. The nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon on Tuesday, March 6,2012. That ended a streak of price hikes that began on Feb. 8.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Oil output on federal lands, offshore up under Obama, data show

Oil output during the first three years of the Obama administration was 13 percent higher than from 2006 to 2008, according to new federal data, though it did decrease somewhat between 2010 and 2011.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

EPA says some homes’ water meets health standards

Water belonging to 11 homes in a Pennsylvania township met federal health standards, the Environmental Protection Agency said late Thursday, amid residents’ concerns about whether hydraulic fracturing by Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. may have polluted it.  More »
President Barack Obama makes a statement  on Thursday, March 17, 2011 about Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear concerns.  (AP Photo)

White House denies U.S.-U.K. agreement on tapping oil reserves

The White House denied a news report that the United States and Britain had agreed to cooperate releasing some oil from strategic reserves to counter rising asoline prices.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

EPA oil, gas emission rules need more flexibility, group says

U.S. unconventional drilling with hydraulic fracturing would fall 31 to 52 percent from 2012 to 2015 without providing additional implementation time and other flexibility to proposed rules for emissions from oil and gas production, the American Petroleum Institute said.  More »
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Senate passes highway bill with Gulf Coast restoration measure

The Senate approved a transportation bill on Wednesday that contained a bipartisan measure to direct certain civil penalties assessed against companies involved in the 2010 oil spill to the Gulf Coast for restoration purposes.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama spill panel members to press for safety progress

The seven members of President Obama’s commission on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill they have formed a group to monitor federal and industry progress on putting in place their safety recommendations, an environmental group said Wednesday.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate turns back Keystone XL, drilling expansion again

The Senate for the second time in as many weeks turned back a Republican-led effort to add provisions approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to an unrelated transportation bill.  More »

Rep. Pete Olson to pump customers’ gas in protest against soaring prices

“High gas prices hurt everyone, but families and small businesses are hit especially hard,” Rep. Pete Olson said today. “That’s why we need to open more of our domestic resources, which will stabilize gas prices, create high paying jobs and reduce our reliance on Middle East oil.”  More »