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Kirby Corp. is best known for operating a large fleet of inland barges. (Photo: Kirby)

Kirby Corp. grows onshore with hydraulic fracturing boom

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Kirby Corp., a Houston-based barge shipping company, is growing its business on shore. Since hydraulic fracturing took off, Kirby has found a growing market for its diesel engine services division.
The engines power hydraulic fracturing pumps, and demand has been rising in recent years.
(Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg)

U.S. crude output rises to highest since 1980s on shale boom

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U.S. crude production climbed to the highest level in at least three decades last week as the shale boom moved the country closer to energy independence.
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Texas panel amends disposal well rules over earthquake concerns

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As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit.
(Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle)

California fracking fight draws big money

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Several oil companies have spent millions fighting measures in two California counties that would ban hydraulic fracturing.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Pennsylvania township moves to ban drilling near homes

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Some residents have voiced concerns about possible pollution from the drilling and have said they object to the proximity of the Krendale wells to homes, businesses and schools.
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells

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Two residents who had monitors on their property complained about noise and unpleasant odors wafting onto their property during drilling.
(Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg)

Oil at $80 a barrel muffles forecasts for U.S. shale boom

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The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth.
Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Halliburton execs point to U.S. shale as profits leap 70 percent

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U.S. shale plays have become laboratories for experiments with more production stages, more sand and, in West Texas, a lot more horizontal rigs – a development Halliburton executives say has required an unprecedented level of oil-field service intensity.
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Eagle Materials drills further into energy sector with acquisition

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Eagle Materials is moving further into the energy sector by buying a company that sells an ingredient crucial to the hydraulic fracturing process.
(AP Photo/Mark Stehle)

New York court rejects bid to revive fracking ban case

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A motion by bankrupt Norse Energy against the town of Dryden in western New York was denied by the state’s highest court.