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The U.S. Geological Service created this map tracking water use in the largest shale plays across the country. The plays are numbered as follows: #1 Barnett Shale; #2 Eagle Ford; #3 Woodford; #4 Fayetteville; #5 Haynesville; #6 Tuscaloosa; #7 Marcellus and Utica. (USGS)

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia visits an oil rig in the Caspian Sea operated by Lukoil, April 28, 2010. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool via The New York Times)

Russia eclipses Saudi Arabia in fight for oil market share in China

China is becoming a key market for global oil exporters as surging output from shale fields from Texas to North Dakota allows the U.S., the biggest crude consumer, to rely less on overseas supplies.

Gasoline prices across Texas up a nickel this week

AAA market experts believe gas prices are nearing a seasonal high. Officials cite the completion of seasonal refinery maintenance and abundant crude oil supplies.
A drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pennsylvania wants record fine against Texas drilling firm

A state department says methane was detected in private water supplies and a stream following drilling and hydraulic fracturing at a Lycoming County site in 2011. It cited the company in 2013 and again in May for failing to repair the well and devise a remediation plan.

Fuel storage manufacturer moving plant from Texas to Oklahoma

The Conroe-based petroleum and fuel storage tank maker is terminating 62 jobs associated with the plant, but Containment Solutions President Clay Findley said the company will maintain its headquarters in Conroe and keep about 30 employees there.
Fire after a pipeline explosion in rural DeWitt County, Texas, illuminates the horizon Sunday, June 14, 2015. Authorities said no one was injured after a natural gas pipeline rupture sparked a massive fire that prompted home evacuations in South Texas. (Richard Hoang/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

Evacuations but no injuries after pipeline ruptures in Texas

DeWitt County Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Peggy Fonseca says an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline ruptured near Lindenau around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Texas Oil Companies Work To Adapt To Falling Oil Prices

U.S. oil job cuts slow to a crawl in May

U.S. employers blamed cheap oil for just 1,000 planned job cuts in May, a sharp monthly drop that suggests the oil industry may have already seen the worst of the bust.
Senior project engineer Andy Aronson, left, and operations engineer Joel Vincent examine equipment at the Siluria Technologies plant in La Porte, where the company is testing processes it says could reduce the costs of making chemical building blocks and motor fuels from natural gas
Siluria Technologies at Braskem chemical plant on Friday March 27, 2015 in La Porte, Texas. 

Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher

Brazil’s biggest petrochem company considering Gulf Coast for massive natural gas project

The factory would produce at least 1 billion pounds (450,000 metric tons) of resin a year and would be the U.S. polypropylene industry’s first world-scale project in about 12 years, said Mark Nikolich, a vice president at Braskem.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans

Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure.
(Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Gasoline prices drop slightly in Texas

AAA Texas said Thursday that the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is now at $2.51. That’s 94 cents less per gallon than last year.