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Drivers fill up at an Exxon Mobil gasoline station. (Eric Thayer / 2008 Getty Images)

ExxonMobil cites U.S. pollution rules in N.H. MTBE fight

ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) and Citgo Petroleum Corp. are the last holdouts in an $800 million lawsuit by New Hampshire alleging that oil companies knew a chemical added to gasoline would contaminate residents’ groundwater.  More »
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Oil industry beats Buffett in railroad investments surge

North American energy companies are starting to invest more in railroad terminals than the railroads themselves.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

New hotels in Alva fill up due to oil industry

Two new hotels nearly ready to open on the eastern side of Alva are a welcome sight to city officials who say the rural community needs housing for the oil-field industry.  More »
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U.S. regulators, Deutsche Bank in settlement talks in manipulation case

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in settlement talks with Deutsche Bank AG, which disputed $1.6 million in proposed penalties after the agency said a bank unit manipulated energy markets.  More »
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Eagle Ford drilling fuels income surge for all, despite recession

Counties in the Eagle Ford shale saw an average increase in per capita income of 13.62 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Texas as a whole saw an increase of 1.34 percent during that time period.  More »
Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono help deliver boxes of comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on its proposed natural gas drilling regulations recently in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Groups deliver comments on New York drilling

Adding star power to the opposition were Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon.  More »
One of EnCana's SAGD oilsands operations located near Christina Lake.

Encana CEO Eresman resigns

Encana Corp. Chief Executive Officer Randall Eresman resigned effective Friday and will be replaced by board member Clayton Woitas until a permanent successor can be named.  More »
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Commercial flight uses fuel produced from natural gas

Qatar Airways completed the first commercial flight this week using fuel produced from natural gas, the company said.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Judge approves Gulf oil spill medical benefits settlement

A federal judge Friday approved the medical benefits portion of a multibillion dollar class action settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that had been reached between the British oil giant and thousands of individuals and businesses who sued the company.  More »
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

BP seeks to cut Gulf oil spill exposure by up to $3.4B

BP could reduce its potential maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf oil spill by $3.4 billion if a judge grants a motion BP filed Friday relating to the amount of crude spilled.  More »
Oil field values are expected to grow 72 percent over the next five years, reflecting growing demand in Asia and South America. (AP Photo/Energy Department)

Seaway expands to reduce midwest glut as oil flows to Gulf

Enterprise Products Partners LP and Enbridge Inc. have completed an expansion of the Seaway pipeline that will increase the supply of crude oil from the U.S. Midwest to refineries along the Gulf Coast.  More »
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Gas exports will boost solar industry, exec says

CEO Arno Harris said Recurrent Energy’s new solar plants will sell power for as low as 7 cents a kilowatt-hour, nearly as cheap as natural gas-fired plants. He favors gas exports because they could lift the price of gas, making renewable energy more competitive.  More »