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A male sage grouse performs  his "strut." (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

Conservationists: Collaboration can protect grouse and drilling

The best way to protect the greater sage grouse while keeping drill bits turning in Western states is for environmentalists and oil companies to work together on safeguarding the bird’s habitat, conservationists said Monday.  More »
Gov. Tom Corbett. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

Environmentalists say Pa. health registry needed

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department’s handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.  More »
This Nov. 6, 2011 file photo shows pieces of a chimney that toppled and went through the roof after an earthquake in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Less shake from artificial quakes

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.  More »
A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.  More »
A Peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory on top of an armoured vehicle on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants 20 kilometres east of Mosul, on Monday.  Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive Monday against jihadists after retaking Iraq's largest dam, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement. AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Crude oil falls 1 percent to $96.41

Kurdish and Iraqi forces seized control of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic State militants.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

EIA to cast new data into oil export debate

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is on track next month to issue two highly anticipated reports that will shape the debate over exporting crude, including an analysis of how the price of oil around the globe affects gasoline costs inside the United States.  More »
ChinaLNG

China’s natural gas demand continues to grow

Natural gas accounted for only 4.9 percent of China’s total energy consumption in 2012, but that share is expected to grow to 8 percent by 2015 and 10 percent by 2020.  More »
Kangaroo on beach in western Australia

Apache announces new offshore Australia discovery

HOUSTON — Houston-based Apache Corp. announced Monday that it made its first offshore oil discovery in Australia’s Canning Basin, located off the west coast of the country. Officials with the company say their measurements indicate that, optimistically, there could be as much as 300 million barrels of oil in place at the basin. The company […]  More »
The Cameron International Building in Houston (Photo: Holliday Fenoglio Fowler)

Cameron to sell compressor business for $850 million

Houston oil field equipment maker Cameron International is selling its centrifugal compression business to an Irish industrial manufacturer for $850 million, it said Monday.  More »
A horizontal boring mill works on part of a pressure pump at the Fort Worth factory of FTS International, which has a joint venture with China's Sinopec to provide hydraulic fracturing technology. (Brandon Thibodeaux for the Houston Chronicle)

Hoping for its own shale gale, China seeks U.S. know-how

U.S. companies are entering joint ventures to provide China with the tools it needs to get at oil and gas locked in shale.  More »
This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island  Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Administration studies Arctic requirements

The Obama administration is closer than ever to imposing the first minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, as Shell pursues permits that could allow it to resume drilling in the region next year.  More »
In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Vic Fischer, a leader of the effort to repeal the oil tax system passed by Alaska state lawmakers in 2013, takes part in a sign-waving event on a busy street in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Voters to decide fate of Alaska oil production tax

Ballot Measure No. 1 asks voters if they want to reject the 2013 law that supporters have dubbed the “More Alaska Production Act.”  More »
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