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Sean Lennon and actress Susan Sarandon visit to a fracking site in New Milford, Pa. Dozens of celebrities may be running afoul of the law as they unite under the banner of one group that is seeking to prevent a method of gas drilling in New York state. Artists Against Fracking opposes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and boasts members including Yoko Ono and actors Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NY fracking foes: will become lobby if necessary

Artists Against Fracking said neither the group nor supporters Yoko Ono or Sean Lennon have been told to register as lobbyists in their campaign against gas drilling in New York, but will if necessary to continue their work.  More »
A sign at the entrance to the Schlumberger campus in Sugar Land, Texas (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, file)

Schlumberger cuts Venezuela work over unpaid bills

PDVSA has slowed payments off and on for years.  More »
United States Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., is a Democratic hopeful for the U.S. Senate to fill the seat left vacant by the former senior Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry. (Steven Senne/AP)

Billionaire targets Senate candidate over Keystone XL

A California billionaire who supports environmental causes vowed to target Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in the state’s U.S. Senate race unless Lynch promises to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline project.  More »
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Members of Local No. 13-836 of the United Steelworkers union Gary Brinson (left) and Randall Hetzel picket the front gate of Firestone Polymers in Orange, Texas. The strike that began noon Monday after negotiations failed to resolve issues that included a wage increase and health insurance deductibles. (Guiseppe Barranco/Beaumont Enterprise)

Firestone Polymers union walks out on strike

A representative for the United Steelworkers said the union went on strike because Firestone Polymers wanted to triple the deductible for health insurance and refused to extend the current benefits by a year.  More »
Drilling in Frio County and elsewhere in the Eagle Ford Shale continues to speed up. Sanchez Energy purchased an additional 43,000 acres there Monday.

Sanchez Energy snags 43,000 acres in the Eagle Ford

Sanchez Energy Corp. has agreed to purchase 43,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale from Hess Corp. for $265 million.  More »
Rangeland Energy is planning a crude oil terminal in Southeast New Mexico, similar to the one it launched in North Dakota. (Rangeland photo)

Rangeland plans crude oil terminal in New Mexico

Rangeland Energy has agreed to purchase up to 770 acres in Southeast New Mexico for a large terminal facility to handle crude oil, sand, pipe and other products.  More »
Apache Corporation operates in the Gulf of Mexico. (Apache Corp.)

Apache looking at all options for $2 billion of asset sales

Apache Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. independent oil and natural gas producer by market value, said its entire portfolio is up for review as it pursues at least $2 billion in asset sales.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Feds rap offshore contractors for safety violations

Federal regulators this month issued a batch of safety violation notices to offshore drilling contractors, exercising an aggressive new interpretation of the Interior Department’s powers for the first time since the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »
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Ethanol credits are squeezing refiners

Refiners are paying more to meet a federal requirements to blend corn-based ethanol into gasoline, which could mean refiners’ margins will be squeezed and gasoline prices could rise, industry analysts say.  More »
Crewmen bend a piece of pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

As odds grow long, critics move to stop Keystone XL

An unusual coalition of environmentalists, property rights advocates and ranchers is attempting to find new ways to derail the Keystone XL pipeline, which seems to be headed for approval in a nation eager for jobs and energy development.  More »
A natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale. (AP file photo/Donna McWilliam)

Chesapeake sued for fixing prices, underpaying landowners

Chesapeake Energy Corp. allegedly manipulated prices and unlawfully passed on its drilling expenses to landowners, shortchanging them on royalty payments for drilling on their land, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Dallas.  More »
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR ships first production of wood chip-based diesel

The Pasadena, Texas company announced Monday that it’s production of diesel from pine wood chips at a plant in Columbus, Miss. has reached commercial scale.  More »