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Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

New federal mandates target hydraulic fracturing

Although the rule only applies to development on public and tribal lands — where there are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells today — environmentalists have argued that tough federal protections could provide inspiration for state regulators.
U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) testifies at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2005.

Veteran lawmakers from Texas clash over EPA subpoena

An unusual fight has arisen between two veteran lawmakers who have developed a close personal relationship as their parties’ leaders on a key congressional committee.

Texas Republicans give Obama’s energy speech the ‘coal’ shoulder

We know this won’t surprise you, but Texas Republicans didn’t like what President Obama had to say today. We bring you a sampling of reaction.
A security guard blocks a shot of the bankruopt Solyndra in a public area, in Fremont, Calif., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Smith calls for independent Solyndra loan investigation

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wants the Department of Justice to hire an outside lawyer to probe an Energy Department loan to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.

Lamar Smith wants outside lawyer to probe loan guarantee to bankrupt company Solyndra

The Texan who chairs the House Judiciary Committee says he wants an independent investigator to look into a loan guarantee the Energy Department approved for the now-bankrupt California company Solyndra LLC.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today seeking an outside lawyer to probe Solyndra’s bankruptcy case to determine “whether politics played a role in influencing the Obama administration to favor Solyndra over more financially stable loan applicants.”