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In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Environmentalists and energy companies lobby administration on coming methane rule

The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UT Energy Poll: Three-quarters of Americans now believe climate change is real

American’s views on climate change and other hot-button energy and environment topics are still closely tied to their political affiliation, with 90 percent of Democrats saying climate change is occurring compared to just 59 percent of Republicans in a new UT Energy Poll.
(Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

LNG boosters tout it as a cleaner, greener alternative to burning coal overseas

Even when U.S. natural gas is super-chilled into a liquid form, shipped by tanker around the globe, and burned to generate electricity, it producers fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the coal it often displaces, according to an industry analysis released Monday.
(Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News)

Methane leaks from city pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Report: Oil and gas on public lands a ‘blind spot’ in climate fight

The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.
Russ Girling, President and CEO of TransCanada Corporation, speaks at a press event at the pipe yard for TransCanadaƕs Houston Lateral Project in Mont Belvieu, Texas, about 30 miles east of Houston on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Bloomberg Photo/Scott Dalton)

TransCanada fights EPA’s Keystone claims

Regulators trying to judge the carbon footprint of the Canadian crude that would flow through the Keystone XL pipeline should compare it to heavy oils from Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, said the Calgary-based company seeking to build the project.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels.
(Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Study ties outsize methane emissions to some oilfield equipment

New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites.
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish plant. (photo/Ryan Holeywell)

NRG says it will cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030

Officials at NRG Energy Inc. say the power company will reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent of current levels by 2030.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming

Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects.