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A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Oil, gas drilling debate continues in Colorado

The oil and gas regulation push by Colorado’s Democratic Legislature pressed ahead Thursday, with Democrats seeing mixed results in efforts to put new limits on the state’s most powerful industry.”  More »
Mining trucks carry loads of oil-laden sand at the Albian Sands oils sands project in Ft. McMurray, Alberta. (AP file photo/Jeff McIntosh)

Alberta looks at renewable energy amid push for Keystone

Alberta may boost the use of renewable energy to cut carbon dioxide emissions as the province lobbies U.S. officials to approve TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Texas oil and gas jobs flourished in 2012

The Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association’s “State of Energy Report” says the industry employs more than 971,000 people in the U.S., including about 379,800 in Texas.  More »
Federal on-scene coordinator Nick Brescia use a projection of a map as he talks to reporters on Thursday about efforts to clean up after last month's oil spill in Mayflower, Ark. Some people whose homes were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas could go home as early as Thursday, officials said.  (AP Photo/Jeannie Nuss)

Arkansas water supplier seeks plan for moving pipeline

The move comes nearly two weeks after Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured.  More »

Republicans grill EPA nominee on transparency

Government transparency surfaced Thursday as a major issue during a hearing on Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, as senators complained about hidden emails and opaque cost-impact studies on proposed regulations.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer responds to feds’ ‘farcical’ claims

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company’s response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico claims federal prosecutors have tacked on “farcical” allegations that he also deleted dozens of voicemails to stymie a grand jury probe of the disaster.  More »
Charles "Chuck" Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Noble Energy CEO says Israel’s taxes may deter investors

The CEO of Noble Energy criticized Israel’s decision in 2011 to nearly double tax rates on gas profits.  More »
A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

US ranks No. 1 for new wind projects

Texas leads the pack with 12,000 megawatts of wind power generation capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual market report.  More »
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IEA cuts world oil-demand forecast

The International Energy Agency slashed its forecasts for global oil demand in 2013, predicting the weakest consumption in Europe since the 1980s.  More »

BHP pushes domestic use of US shale oil and gas

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), the biggest mining company, said the shale boom in the U.S. will spur an industrial revival, as legislators continue debate over exporting the nation’s shale bounty.  More »
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

EPA nominee McCarthy faces tough questions at Senate hearing

President Obama’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, is facing tough questions today as she sits before a Senate panel. Read live coverage from inside her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington D.C.  More »

BP shareholders urge stronger fight against ‘extortionate’ Gulf spill claims

Angry British shareholders of oil giant BP urged the company Thursday to be more forceful in its legal fight against tens of billions of dollars in claims still being asserted by the U.S. government and several Gulf states affected by the 2010 oil spill. One suggested BP boycott Walt Disney World in Florida to get Americans “to come to their senses.”  More »