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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks during ceremony in New Castle, Del., in March. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Salazar to work for law firm in Denver

The former interior secretary is joining WilmerHale as a partner.  More »
An LNG carrier departs an Australia harbor. (kenhodge13/Flickr)

Commentary: Weighing up the prospects of LNG exports

Voices blogger Matt Smith breaks down the key points of a recent study on LNG exports, noting that shipping U.S. natural gas overseas will increase prices for consumers at home, but modestly.  More »
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Report: Texas ranked No. 3 for power outages in 2012

Putting comprehensive protection plans and backup systems in place are the key to limiting disruptions from blackouts, according to a new report that shows Texas had the third-most power outages among states last year in the U.S.  More »
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Oil workers make adjustments to increase a well's production. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Feds give industry, environmentalists more time to study drilling rule

U.S. regulators will give the oil industry and other stakeholders more time to weigh in on a controversial proposal to stiffen standards for wells drilled on federal lands, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell pledged Thursday.  More »
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama officials face tough questions on oil drilling, land access

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and a top deputy are grilled before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on issues ranging from oil drilling on federal lands to how endangered species listings could affect energy development.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

GE inks contract with Pemex for deep-water Gulf of Mexico projects

GE Oil & Gas has a contract worth $84 million agreement with Pemex Exploration and Production to supply and to install subsea wellheads for Pemex’s deep-water and ultra-deepwater drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
A polar bear in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (AP file photo/Subhankar Banerjee)

Lawsuit filed to block bridge to Alaska reserve

An Army Corps of Engineers permit granting ConocoPhillips permission to build a bridge across the Colville River to reach oil leases within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska was challenged in federal court Wednesday by an environmental group.  More »
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Reliance to spend $26 billion over 3 years to expand businesses

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL)’s billionaire Chairman Mukesh Ambani plans to spend 1.5 trillion rupees ($26 billion) over the next three years to expand business ranging from gas production to telecommunications.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

NC House panel OKs more cautious ‘fracking’ bill

North Carolina would take a more cautious approach to allowing oil and gas drilling under legislation that won approval in a state House committee.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Schools addressing students’ fossil fears without divesting

Divesting university endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies may be technically and financially difficult, and schools considering doing so in response to student campaigns may want to consider alternatives, investment professionals say.  More »
Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

French fracking ban should be eased to assess shale reserves

France’s ban on hydraulic fracturing should be eased to estimate the size of its shale oil and gas reserves, according to a parliamentary report.  More »
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Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains

The Sierra Club is suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe in federal court in Seattle over coal dust that blows off trains into Washington rivers and Puget Sound.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Class action recommended in Va. coal-gas claim

A federal magistrate judge recommended class-action status Wednesday for thousands of landowners in southwest Virginia who contend two energy companies cheated them out of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments for natural gas they extracted from their properties.  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Canada oil output will double by 2030, if pipelines built

Canada’s crude output will more than double to 6.7 million barrels a day by 2030, provided new pipelines such as Keystone XL are built to transport growing oil-sands production, an industry group representing the country’s petroleum producers said.  More »
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U.S. crude output exceeds imports for first time in 16 years

U.S. domestic crude-oil production exceeded imports last week for the first time in 16 years, a government report showed today.  More »