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(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) As Denton considers fracking ban, the state's oil and gas regulator weighs in, calling the attempt "extremely misguided."

Anti-fracking laws in New York towns upheld on appeal

Anti-fracking laws passed in two New York towns were upheld by an appeals court, which rejected arguments by a dairy farm and a Norwegian energy company that the bans are superceded by state law.  More »
Undated aerial image released by Royal Dutch Shell PLC of the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, around 110 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland. (AP Photo/Ken Taylor/Shell/PA Wire)

BP to Total lead U.K. oil revival as $65 billion spent

The future of the U.K.’s 40-year-old oil and gas industry lies on a stretch of windswept bogland in the Shetland islands 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Scotland.  More »
A rig in Colorado drills a well for natural gas that will be released using hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Natural gas tumbles most in nine months after stockpile increase

Natural gas futures dropped the most in nine months in New York after a government report showed that U.S. stockpiles expanded by more than forecast.  More »
Opponents attend a public hearing on the Keystone Pipeline on April 18, 2013 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Supporters and opponents of the extension of the Keystone Pipeline, which could carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, have publicly clashed in Nebraska, where the project is very controversial because of its potential impact on the environment.  AFP PHOTO/Guillaume MeyerGuillaume Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Nebraska law officers discuss pipeline security

Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said they know there could be problems.  More »

Exxon Mobil cleaning up small leak in Missouri

About 42 gallons of crude oil spilled into the yard of a home.  More »

Gulf spill cases against former BP employees advance

A federal judge has barred prosecutors at the trial of a former BP engineer charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill from telling jurors he was suspended from his job and that he retained a personal attorney.  More »
(Maddie McGarvey/San Francisco Chronicle)

Clean technology investors shift focus to drilling

As profits from wind, solar, biofuels and other alternatives have fallen short of expectations — and as the fossil fuel business boomed — venture capitalists have stretched the definition of clean technology to fuel clean technology investment funds.  More »
Duane Rae, president of Spectra Energy Liquids.

Shale boom skews oil prices, triggers midstream growth

The steady growth in oil production from U.S. shale fields has triggered midstream development and offers advantages for refiners that can use cheaper domestic crude oil.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Fracking in dry areas adds to water woes

A study examining 25,450 fracked wells across the United States found that 47 percent lie in areas that face high or extremely high “water stress.”  More »
Dow Chemical Company site in Freeport, Texas, which employs 8,000 workers and has 65 manufacturing units over 7,000 acres. (Dow Chemical Company)

Fluor to build new Dow plants in Texas

Fluor Corp. will engineer and construct several new Dow Chemical Company facilities in Freeport, Texas, as part of Dow’s $4 billion expansion there.  More »
At right, Christopher Rager, who has been representing the National Rifle Association,talks with Minn. Rep. Michael Paymar, in March. (AP Photo)

Oil industry taps NRA lobbyist for state outreach

After representing the National Rifle Association in heated fights over gun control — including some policy debates inspired by the school shooting in Newton, Conn. — Christopher Rager now is moving to the American Petroleum Institute.  More »
Gary Sapone, left, Clark Cooper, center, and Eddie Llanes, all of Freeman, far right, work on setting up the Sercel booth on the exhibition floor at Offshore Technology Conference 2013 at Reliant Park Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. OTC2013 is scheduled for May 6-9. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Colorful displays taking shape on OTC showroom floor

Take a sneak peek at some of the high-tech equipment and monumental displays that will fill the Offshore Technology Conference showroom floor next week.  More »