Shell's experimental in-situ oil shale facility in the Piceance Basin of Colorado is shown here. (Photo: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior)

Shell pulls out of oil shale project, leaving one big operator behind

Shell is abandoning its decade-long quest to commercially extract shale oil from Colorado, leaving just one major company betting big on the future of that unconventional crude in America.
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High oil costs hitting nation’s wallet, too

Spiking oil prices over the past decade weren’t just bad for motorists’ wallets. It turns out they were bad for America’s too.
Oil pumps  operate near Lost Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Environmental well inspections falling short, GAO says

Environmental inspections of oil and gas facilities on public lands have jumped nearly twofold since 2007, but federal investigators said Monday that the government is doing a poor job of targeting the riskiest sites.
The early morning sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol building September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama renews support for FERC nominee despite Senators’ concerns

The White House said it stands by President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who is facing an uphill battle for confirmation in the Senate.
Alert Logic Network Security Analyst Yohance Clark looks for security threats inside the company's security operations center in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Feds hand out $30 million for cybersecurity research

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $30 million to fund new cyber security tools for the energy industry.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Feds won’t lift threat to ban Black Elk Energy as violations persist

Black Elk Energy has more work to do to satisfy federal regulators it has improved its safety performance, following a fatal platform fire last year. Otherwise, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the company will remain under a year-old threat that it will be barred from operating in federal waters.
The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Energy efficiency bill bogs down in Senate

A dispute over Obamacare and other issues on Wednesday threatened to derail a popular, bipartisan power efficiency bill in the Senate, jeopardizing the chamber’s first big attempt to tackle energy policy in six years.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Republicans could force Keystone XL approval with must-pass debt bill

House Republicans on Wednesday said they will use a must-pass debt bill to push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and tackle other energy issues.
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republicans say energy nominee out of ‘mainstream’

President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the nation’s top energy regulator came under sharp questioning Tuesday from lawmakers concerned that he may be opposed to coal and natural gas.
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The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Refiners lobbying lawmakers to repeal renewable fuel law

Refining industry executives are set to meet with lawmakers on Wednesday in a bid to convince them to scrap an eight-year-old renewable fuel mandate, despite signs Congress has low appetite for a complete repeal.