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Mine construction halted on low coal demand

Haystack Coal Co. has suspended construction of a coal mine in southwestern Wyoming, blaming poor demand for coal.  More »
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Texas legislators consider water recycling mandates

In response to concerns about the volumes of of water used in hydraulic fracturing, two bills before the state Legislature would require water recycling at the state’s oil and gas wells.  More »
Premier Alison Redford speaks to reporters as she arrives for meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Premier says U.S. pipeline rejection would hurt Canada relations

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate over climate change.  More »
Oil workers at the West Qurna Phase 2 field in the Basra region of Iraq in 2010.  (AP file photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

Iraq boosts oil reserves estimate to 150 billion barrels

Iraq has increased its own estimate for its crude reserves by almost 5 percent to 150 billion barrels, Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said.  More »
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senate confirms Sally Jewell as interior secretary

The Senate confirmed Sally Jewell as Interior secretary on Wednesday, putting the onetime petroleum engineer and business executive in charge of a sprawling government agency that is responsible for overseeing energy development, recreation and other activities on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands.  More »
Brian Johns died after being burned in an explosion at the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Deer Park, Texas July 17, 2012. (Facebook)

Family sues over Texas man’s Dow plant death

The mother and son of a Friendswood man who died after being burned in an explosion at a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Deer Park last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the chemical manufacturer, a subsidiary and two employees.  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone XL decision many months away, exec says

Even if the State Department signs off on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, it could be many months before a final verdict on the multi-billion dollar project, a TransCanada Corp. executive told lawmakers Wednesday.  More »
Gas station employee changes the price in California. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Lower summer gasoline prices in forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects the retail price for regular gasoline will average $3.63 per gallon during this summer’s driving season, slightly below average prices over the last two summers.  More »
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips puts Arctic drilling plans on ice

ConocoPhillips on Wednesday said it would abandon its plans to begin drilling for oil in Arctic waters north of Alaska because of “uncertainties of evolving federal regulatory requirements” for oil exploration in the region. The move follows similar decisions by Statoil and Shell, which is pausing its own Arctic oil hunt after experiencing several high-profile mishaps last year.  More »

Alaska oil spill prompted by hose failure

Swiss oil field contractor Weatherford International was working on a Repsol E&P USA well in the Alaska North Slope when the spill released crude oil, drilling fluids, diesel and water onto the snow-covered tundra.  More »
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Killing Keystone could risk more oil spills by rail

A rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline by President Barack Obama would push more of Canada’s $73 billion oil exports onto trains, which register almost three times more spills than pipelines.  More »
Apache operations complete a well in the Liard Basin in northern British Columbia, Canada. (PRNewsFoto/Apache Corporation)

Opinion: Shale gas isn’t a low-emissions fuel — yet

Too much valuable methane from natural gas is leaking into the atmosphere, hurting the bottom line as well as the climate. We know how to stop it. It’s cheap to do, and it can pay for itself.  More »
Former BP CEO Tony Hayward photographed at BP's West Houston offices Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (Photo: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle )

Company run by Tony Hayward reports ‘significant’ oil find in Kurdistan

Genel Energy Plc (GENL), an oil explorer run by former BP Plc (BP/) Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward, rose to the highest in five months after making a significant oil discovery in Kurdistan.  More »

Deals vaults Houston company into top 10 advising on energy

Simmons & Co., the Houston advisory boutique founded in 1974, has slipped into the spotlight with roles on two of the biggest oil and industrial deals this year.  More »

Jaffe: OPEC starts to react to US shale boom with new strategy

The first signs are emerging that key Persian Gulf members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are adjusting their strategies to cope with the growing threat that North American shale oil is making to their long-term dominance in global energy markets.  More »