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In this Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, Gov. Mary Fallin talks with the media after meeting with members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity in Oklahoma City. With both the number and power of earthquakes increasing in Oklahoma, the Republican-controlled Legislature may be ready to take steps aimed at curbing the quakes scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma this year has already had more than 90 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater, which is generally when most people start to feel them.

Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers

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In this Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, Gov. Mary Fallin talks with the media after meeting with members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity in Oklahoma City. With both the number and power of earthquakes increasing in Oklahoma, the Republican-controlled Legislature may be ready to take steps aimed at curbing the quakes scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma this year has already had more than 90 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater, which is generally when most people start to feel them.
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Gasoline

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US oil spending could hit $165B on global conflicts, report says

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Oil and gas producers could boost their annual spending to $165 billion in the United States as conflicts in Iraq and elsewhere send crude prices higher, according to a report released by Barclays on Wednesday.

Deloitte: OPEC influence waning with shale surge

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Via Collin Eaton, FuelFix: Over the next five or six years, surging shale-oil production in the United States could cut deep into OPEC’s influence over global oil prices, a new report says. The shale bonanza already has proven it can sway international markets, by stabilizing prices as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ spare capacity tightened and Middle […]
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Militants fly their black flags over Iraq refinery

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Sunni militants hung their black banners on watchtowers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting insurgents have ever-increasing stranglehold on the vital facility.
An aerial view of the Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. Sempra Energy is the majority owner of Cameron LNG. (Photo: Cameron LNG)

Houston company wins federal approval for gas export project

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Sempra Energy subsidiary Cameron LNG, based in Houston, won federal approval Thursday to build a facility for exporting natural gas in southwest Louisiana, becoming only the second such U.S. project to secure all major necessary federal permits.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand guard in Kirkuk. (Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Half-price Kurd oil threatens Iraq breakup with Turkish help

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A tanker containing a million barrels of crude oil is floating around the Mediterranean, and its cargo is available at half-price. Yet if any country seizes the bargain, it may be pushing Iraq closer to disintegration.
Christopher Smith, assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, speaks during panel at the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Energy Department defends natural gas export plan

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A top Obama administration official on Thursday defended the Energy Department’s new plan for vetting proposed natural gas export projects that are viewed as closer to commercialization, saying it was intended to foster fairness and transparency.
A pumpjack operates at the Inglewood Oil field in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Deloitte: OPEC influence waning as US shale surges

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Over the next five or six years, surging shale-oil production in the United States could cut deep into the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ influence over global oil prices, a new report says.
Categories: Crude oil, Markets
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Prosecutors get time to decide on retrial for former BP engineer

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The judge ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.
Categories: Gulf oil spill
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Enbridge’s toughest Gateway Pipeline tests still to come

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Aboriginal and environmental groups are preparing legal challenges and blockades to halt construction of the pipeline.
Categories: Canada, Pipelines
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Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

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A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.
(Houston Chronicle file photo)

Poll: Majority supports Obama’s climate change rules on power plants

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More than two-thirds of U.S. adults support the Obama administration’s proposed restrictions on power plant emissions, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday.
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Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices

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Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.
Categories: Gasoline, Middle East