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An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Colo. oil, gas panel OKs groundwater sampling rule

Colorado oil and natural gas regulators approved rules making the state the first to require energy companies to do groundwater sampling both before and after they drill.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Requirement for Wyo. oil-gas leader could be eased

Wyoming lawmakers will consider whether to loosen a job requirement for the state’s next oil and gas supervisor.  More »
The $62 billion purchase of TNK-BP by Russia's state-owned Rosneft was the biggest oil and gas deal of 2012, a Houston firm reports.

Sealing deals: Energy M&A activity set a record in 2012

The $254 billion in energy industry deals last year beat the previous record of $212 billion in 2010, according to a new report.  More »
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Shell's Kulluk drilling rig, shown under tow in January 2013 after running aground in Alaska, must go to Asia for repairs.

Inspectors set to look at rescued Shell drilling rig

A massive campaign to free a grounded Arctic drilling rig that employed more than a dozen ships and some 730 people cleared a big hurdle Monday, as salvagers pulled the vessel to safe harbor in Alaska.  More »
The tanker Overseas Reymar travels in the San Francisco bay from Yerba Buena Island, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Oil tanker Overseas Reymar hits San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

The oil tanker Overseas Reymar struck “a glancing blow” to a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after unloading crude at a Royal Dutch Shell refinery the day before.  More »
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Chesapeake’s board to change salaries, structure

Chesapeake Energy Corp’s embattled board of directors is pursuing a set of changes in response to widespread criticisms, including to its compensation and rewards system for executives like CEO Aubrey McClendon, the company said Monday.  More »
The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Motiva Port Arthur Halts Crude Unit Start as Clamp Fails

Motiva Enterprises LLC shut down the 325,000-barrel-a-day crude unit at the Port Arthur refinery days after trying to restart it when a clamp that was modified to fix an earlier leak failed.  More »
Drivers fill up at an Exxon Mobil gasoline station. (Eric Thayer / 2008 Getty Images)

California company gets keys to Exxon tower

Shorenstein Properties is planning a major redevelopment of ExxonMobil’s downtown Houston. Exxon is moving to a new campus south of The Woodlands.  More »
Pipefitter Scott Zarembski, originally from Detroit, has prospered by working in the oil industry in the Canadian city of Edmonton. Canadian employers and officials have been recruiting U.S. workers to fill a skilled labor shortage. Jason Franson / Los Angeles Times/MCT

Skilled tradespeople head north to Alberta oil sands

American tradespeople are heading to Alberta’s booming oil sands, drawn by better wages and steady jobs for for electricians, carpenters, pipefitters and other skilled workers.  More »
A member of the Tar Sands Blockade is arrested after protesting in front of a Houston office for TransCanada, owner of the Keystone XL pipeline in January. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone XL activists arrested outside TransCanada Houston office

See video of the Keystone XL pipeline protest outside of one of TransCanada’s Houston offices, where two activists were arrested Monday morning.  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)

Shell & Coast Guard are towing rig

Salvage teams have pulled Shell’s grounded drilling rig within 9 miles of a safe, protected bay, after successfully attaching a tow line to the vessel and freeing it from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast overnight.  More »
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire addresses an audience celebrating progress on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2012. (Gov. Chris Gregoire/Flickr)

Obama to nominate Washington governor as EPA chief, source says

A senior source in Washington’s congressional delegation says outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire will be nominated to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  More »