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Feds settle Gulf pollution case

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A Houston oil and gas company must pay to settle government charges alleging it illegally dumped oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming

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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.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Refiners to Obama: Keep renewable fuel quotas down

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Refiners warned the administration that if it gives in to Corn Belt demands for higher mandates, it could cause gasoline prices to spike.
Panelists said at an OTC panel Monday that variations on  the oil industry's hydraulic fracturing technology may have medical applications.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

European chemical industry importing U.S. shale gas

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As the U.S. chemical sector grows and expands, fueled by a surge in domestic gas production, the European chemical industry is stagnating, plagued by high production costs and a lack of investment in new plants and research and development.
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Report: Texas oil juggernaut threatened by feds, environmentalists

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Texas’ oil and gas juggernaut could be threatened by federal regulators and environmental groups proposing policies that could stifle production, a new trade group report finds.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Poll: Public wants action on flaring

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The oil industry’s practice of burning or releasing natural gas from wells where crude is the big moneymaker is unpopular in several western states, according to a poll released
Thursday.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Judge dismisses Nebraska’s EPA lawsuit

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Nebraska’s attorney general filed the lawsuit in January, saying “the impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska.”
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Methane pollution from federal lands rising, oil boom to blame

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Data from the Interior Department shows a huge uptick in methane being vented or burned as waste from wells on public lands.
An infrared camera sold by FLIR. (Image: FLIR)

Oil boom gives lift to methane mitigation industry

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New and potential mandates forcing oil companies to clamp down on methane leaking from wells, valves and pipelines could be a money-maker for the growing industry built around finding and stopping that pollution, according to a report issued Thursday.
Improvements in oil field technology have made production more efficient.  (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

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Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.