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Williams Cos. Chairman and CEO Alan Armstrong (NAPE)

Williams CEO: Politics, not prices, slowing natural gas pipeline development

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Alan Armstrong said the decline in prices hasn’t changed the need for pipelines
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas lawmaker seeks to protect urban drilling

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State Rep. Phil King filed a pair of bills this week, cities seeking to ban fracking would need to gain approval from the state attorney general, pay the state to study the financial impact and reimburse the state for any lost tax revenue.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, holds up a sign asking voters to vote in favor of banning fracking at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

In Denton, a vote ends very little

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The measure has already drawn two formidable legal challenges, one from the Texas General Land Office and the other from the Texas Oil & Gas Association.
Cluster of gas signs at filling stations (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Citigroup sees $1.1 trillion stimulus from oil plunge

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Crude prices are plunging amid signs that OPEC won’t act to eliminate a surplus as global growth slows.
(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Denton fracking ban campaign most expensive in city history

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Groups clashing over Denton’s fracking ban proposition have raised more money than in any campaign in the city’s history.
A lineman at the Houston Ship Channel. LNG company NextDecade is hoping to build an export facility in nearby Galveston to take advantage of the shipping lane. Photo by Lou Vest.

Galveston port sets aside 185 acres for proposed LNG plant

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Trustees signed an “option to lease” agreement for the property with a subsidiary of Woodlands-based NextDecade, a privately owned company focused planning to build a $6 billion liquefaction plant on the small island north of Galveston, said Port Director Michael Mierzwa said.
( Jay Pickthorn/AP/Statoil).

N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

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North Dakota Republicans have put forward a plan to spend millions on rising problems in the wake of the oil boom in the state and the population increase that has resulted.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter. (photo courtesy of Texas Railroad Commission)

Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

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Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame.
Steve Ghormley from Freedom CNG and Railroad Commissioner David Porter fuel up a truck at the new CNG fueling station serving Houston Distributing Company near the company's facility on High Life Drive Thursday March 27, 2014.(Dave Rossman photo)

Lawmakers weigh in on debate about natural gas labels

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Policymakers are trying to figure out how to measure consumer natural gas fuels.
A pickup truck drives down a road of the Homer City Generating Station in Homer City, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

The reality behind Obama’s power plant pollution limits

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President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. One problem: Almost none of it is based in reality.