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Key election day races to watch over energy issues

Energy issues loom large in some election day contests.
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Offshore drilling a winner in tight contests

A new poll shows that support for Arctic drilling is high in states where there are close Senate races.
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Democrats push Obama on LNG exports

Five Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday pleading for the government to pick up the pace in vetting proposals to export natural gas.
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Federal regulators move to hike cap on oil spill liabilities

The Obama administration on Friday took the unprecedented step of moving to hike the amount companies must pay for oil spills, following a congressional deadlock on the issue nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaks about Keystone XL during a news conference on Capitol Hill, while Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Canadian Amb. Gary Doer and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard look on. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Lawmakers consider setting deadline for Obama’s Keystone XL decision

A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate members on Tuesday said they are considering an array of options to speed up a final verdict on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, now that a State Department analysis raised no major environmental objections to the controversial project.
Shell's Kulluk drilling rig, shown under tow in January 2013 after running aground in Alaska, must go to Asia for repairs.

Court ruling insulates foes and fans of Arctic drilling

In the heated political battle over drilling in chilly Alaskan seas, a court ruling drilling proponents blame for thwarting the activity provides handy cover for stakeholders from Anchorage to Washington.
The Xiang Yun Kou heavy-lift vessel departs for South Korea after safely loading the Noble Discoverer drillship. (COSCO Heavy Transport)

Shell’s delay ignites calls for deep freeze on Arctic drilling

Environmentalists celebrated Shell’s decision to put its 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice, but drilling advocates said they hope it’s just a temporary setback.
The drillship Noble Discoverer did preliminary drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea for Shell in 2012. An appeals court ruling Jan. 22, 2014, could delay  Shell's plans to return to the Alaskan offshore region in summer of 2014.

Alaska Democrat ‘optimistic’ on Arctic drilling this summer

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska says he’s optimistic that drilling can resume in Arctic waters this summer despite a federal court ruling against the government’s handling of offshore drilling leases in the region.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry in October 2011. (AP Photo/Scott Eells, Pool)

Perry to lawmakers: Do more to advance offshore drilling

Congress can do more to advance offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean while boosting the economies of coastal states, eight governors said Friday.
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Senators tell feds: Hurry up on LNG exports

Nearly three dozen senators on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to move quickly and make simultaneous decisions on a host of proposals to broadly export liquefied natural gas harvested in the United States.