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FILE - In this March 29, 2013, file photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation outside Rifle, in western Colorado.

Colorado regulators discuss rules meant to ease oil, gas conflicts

AP) — A hearing on proposed rules for oil and gas drilling in Colorado got off to a contentious start Monday, with critics saying the guidelines were too narrow to do any good or that they didn’t protect property rights.
Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn walks through oiled marsh grass in Bay Jimmy near the Louisiana coast on Oct. 14, 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Louisiana parish drops suits against oil and gas companies

The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said.
In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.'s external affairs director, George Stark, speaks during a breakfast hosted by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce in Hazleton, Pa., discussing regional effects of natural gas drilling. Tens of thousands of miles of pipeline are proposed for Pennsylvania during the next 10 years, according to state officials, and while the last decade of oil and gas development primarily took place in the state's shale regions, the next phase will tunnel through the midstate. (Ellen F. O'Connell/Standard-Speaker via AP, File)

Pipelines planned for midstate Pennsylvania

After 10 years of drilling, shale operators have more natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. There’s now more supply than demand, and pipeline builders are seizing the opportunity and submitting plans for an underground network to move through Pennsylvania.
Michele McNichol, the CEO of Wood Group Mustang, is slated to give the opening keynote speech at the 2015 Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy on Tuesday in Houston.

Q&A: Wood Group Mustang CEO opens up about life as a woman in a male-dominated industry

McNichols, who is scheduled to give a keynote speech kicking off the Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy on Tuesday in Houston, recently spoke with Fuel Fix about the evolving role of women in energy and how the global crude slump is affecting longtime efforts to recruit more women.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Gas reserves tax from Alaska special session agenda

The decision came after Gov. Bill Walker received written assurances from BP and ConocoPhillips Alaska that they would be willing to commit to make their gas available to a gas project if they are not participating.

Insurers asked to send clarifying notice of quake coverage in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s insurance commissioner is asking insurance companies to send customers a notice to clarify whether their policies cover earthquake damage caused by things like mining or oil and gas exploration.
(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.

US drilling states guided on handling quakes

The 150-page report, produced by the StatesFirst initiative, represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent — including in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Ohio — began being linked to fracking and deep-injection wastewater disposal around 2009.
Alaska's North Slope.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Alaska’s Walker brushes aside reserves tax criticism

Gov. Bill Walker on Friday brushed aside criticism from Republican lawmakers that they were blindsided by his call to reinstate the gas reserves tax during the upcoming special session.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Global job losses surpass 200,000, energy recruitment firm reports

More than 200,000 oil and gas workers across the globe have lost their jobs since the crude collapse started last year.