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Many of the Amish farms have shallow gas wells that have been on the property for decades, Jan. 28, 2013. Recent drilling targets deeper gas formations like the Marcellus and Utica shales. Energy companies are leasing land throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio where Amish families live. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Rush)

Ohio’s $500 billion oil dream fades as Utica turns gassy

U.S. drillers that set up rigs amid the rolling farmland of eastern Ohio on projections underground shale held $500 billion of oil are packing up and heading out of the Utica Shale, which isn’t living up to expectations set by top fields like the Eagle Ford in South Texas.  More »
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Report: Seismic research on East Coast could harm 140,000 whales & dolphins

Nearly 140,000 whales and dolphins could be injured if the Obama administration allows energy companies to conduct seismic research aimed at identifying oil and gas along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new report issued Tuesday.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Houston may sue BP for lost taxes after oil spill

Houston City Council on Wednesday will decide whether to sue BP for more than $23 million in connection with the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and resulting oil spill.  More »
Marvin Odum, Shell Oil Company president, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in 2009 in Houston. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s Odum:Optimistic on liquefied natural gas for transportation

In an exclusive interview with FuelFix, Shell Oil President Marvin Odum talks about the challenges and opportunities for liquefied natural gas, as the LNG17 conference gets underway in Houston.  More »

Two Exxon board members made more than $700,000 in 2012

Here’s how you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars off an oil company, without any oil industry experience: Become a member of Exxon Mobil Corp’s board of directors.  More »
Kevin Keenan, partner at Baker Botts

Guest Commentary: The shale gas revolution demands change on export policy

The Department of Energy has overseen an energy sector in the US which has stood solidly on an import footing. The US is now grappling, I believe, not with whether to export more gas but with how much more gas to export.  More »
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Freeport LNG may get U.S. export approval in months

Freeport LNG Development LP may get expanded approval from the U.S. Energy Department to export liquefied natural gas in the next quarter or two, the head of Baker Botts LLP’s LNG practice said.  More »
Towers are assembled for power lines in Central Texas. A proposal to pay companies to build excess generating capability, through what is called a forward capacity market, has caused concern for consumers.

Energy Future issues opening salvo as KKR, TPG seek stake

Energy Future Holdings Corp.’s pre- packaged bankruptcy proposal is the opening salvo in talks as KKR & Co. and TPG Capital LP, backers of the largest leveraged buyout, seek to salvage their failed utility takeover and force creditors to accept billions in losses.  More »
Workers watch as a section of damaged oil pipeline is removed from the ground in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Crews remove part of pipeline after Ark. oil spill

Crews on Monday removed a damaged piece of pipeline from which thousands of barrels of oil spilled in central Arkansas last month, as investigators try to determine what caused the rupture.  More »
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

Board calls for tougher rules on refineries

Federal investigators on Monday called on California to strengthen oversight of refineries after a probe into the cause of an intense fire at Chevron Corp.’s Richmond refinery found numerous company and regulatory lapses that, if reversed, could have averted the accident.  More »
BP Macondo well team leader John Guide testifies Oct. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

John Guide, a BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn’t have any safety concerns before the deadly blast.  More »
A sign tower reaches toward the sky at the entrance to Schlumberger's Sugar Land campus. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Schlumberger Eagle Ford deal to showcase cutting-edge technology

Schlumberger’s $90 million deal for a 50 percent stake in Forest Oil Corp.’s Eagle Ford shale play doesn’t signal a shift in strategy for the world’s largest oil field services firm, but rather appears to be an opportunity to showcase the company’s technology, an analyst said.  More »