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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 »

U.S. says BP, Transocean and Anadarko should be liable for spill before trial

BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. should be found liable before trial for violations of federal pollution laws stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawyers for the U.S. argued at a hearing in federal court in New Orleans.  More »

Dueling NY studies over natural gas climate impact

Two groups of scientists at Cornell University are dueling over whether natural gas from shale is better or worse than coal when it comes to global climate change.  More »

Shell teams up with Tullow to explore for oil in Atlantic

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, joined Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) to explore for oil and gas in new frontiers in the Atlantic Ocean.  More »

Group: Wyo. siding with industry on fracking issue

A group representing residents of a community where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has speculated that hydraulic fracturing may have contaminated their groundwater criticized Wyoming state officials for the first time, saying they’re siding with the petroleum industry at the expense of those who have to live with polluted water.  More »
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