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Africa seen mirroring Brazil in Atlantic coast drilling

The world’s next great oil finds may be buried under a layer of salt more than two miles beneath the seabed off Africa’s Atlantic coast.  More »

Kan. seeks to beef up budget to deal with fracking

The Kansas Corporation Commission, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in the state, says it doesn’t have the necessary staff to inspect the growing number of oil and gas drilling sites involving horizontal fracturing, or fracking.  More »

Pa. tax legislation could attract Shell refinery

New legislation in Pennsylvania could help the state compete with Ohio and West Virginia for a huge petrochemical refinery by offering millions of dollars in tax breaks for big businesses.  More »

Report: Brown replaced regulator over oil rules

A top state regulator and his deputy were removed last year after ignoring pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown to relax rules for companies seeking to tap California’s oil, according to a newspaper investigation.  More »

ND Senate leader: Look again at oil tax splits

The North Dakota Senate’s Republican majority leader says the Legislature needs to provide a greater share of state oil tax collections to local governments.  More »

Halliburton shifts focus as income rises in fourth quarter

Halliburton is reporting that its net income jumped nearly 50 percent in the final three months of 2011 as rising oil prices sparked new drilling projects.  More »

Steffy: Enough exaggerations to fill miles of pipelines

The greatest spill threat from the Keystone XL wasn’t oil, it was hyperbole.  More »

Lawmakers seek to undo pipeline denial

Congressional supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline are exploring legislation that might circumvent the Obama administration’s denial of a permit for the project by letting Congress or an independent federal agency approve it.  More »

Neb. governor disappointed with Keystone decision

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman expressed concern that a federal decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline could create legal problems for the state.  More »

Baucus says tax cuts, oil pipeline top priorities

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said cutting taxes and securing approval for a massive oil pipeline are top congressional priorities this year and the Montana Democrat expressed optimism that deals can be reached despite the recent bitter partisan stalemates.  More »

Pa. town with tainted wells getting new EPA water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will deliver fresh water to four homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were tainted by a gas driller. The agency also said it will begin testing the water supplies of dozens more homes as it ramps up its investigation more than three years after homeowners say the water supply was ruined.  More »

Chevron rig fire on 5th day off Nigeria’s coast

Chevron Corp. says it is still trying to extinguish a five-day old fire on its rig off Nigeria’s coast after presuming two foreign workers dead.  More »
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