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The setting sun silhouettes electric transmission lines.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

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 »
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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 »
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Tax credit moves wind industry to ramp up construction plans

Several wind manufacturers already are reporting projects ready for construction in 2013, just days after Congress extended the renewable energy production tax credit, an industry group said Friday.  More »
Barry Smitherman, right, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (AP file photo/Harry Cabluck)

Smitherman named to national committee

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman will lead a national committee dealing with issues involving natural gas.  More »
Shell's drilling rig Kulluk ran aground off a small island near Kodiak Island Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013. Opponents criticized the growing race to explore the Arctic for energy resources. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Lawmaker: Did Shell move rig for financial reasons?

A top Democratic lawmaker is questioning whether financial concerns drove Shell to send the Kulluk drilling rig on its ill-fated two-week trek across the predictably stormy Gulf of Alaska in late December.  More »