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Texas tree protesters to descend as Keystone XL moves on

Protesters who camped in trees to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas are set to descend in the coming days after a nearly three-month campaign.  More »
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Feds advance plan stressing ‘safety culture’ values offshore

Federal offshore drilling regulators on Wednesday advanced a policy statement meant to prod oil and gas companies to adopt a “safety culture” following lethal accidents in the Gulf of Mexico. The move comes as regulators draw scrutiny for not conducting audits of newly mandated safety programs and weeks after a fatal fire on a production platform 18 miles from Louisiana’s coast.  More »
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Texas judge questions his jurisdiction in pipeline dispute

A dispute over construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in Texas may be switching courts after a county judge on Wednesday questioned his jurisdiction over the case.  More »
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Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Steffy: California could edge out Texas in oil production

It may be the biggest insult since salsa made in New York City. Texas, long the nation’s oil capital, could get upstaged by California.  More »
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. is accelerating drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.

Cabot pushes ahead with natural gas production

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. says its natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale has reached 1 billion cubic feet per day.  More »
David E. Roberts, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Marathon Oil Corporation (credit: Marathon Oil)

Former Marathon executive receives $4.6 million in severance pay

Marathon Oil Company plans to pay its former chief operating officer $4.6 million in severance following his resignation last week, Marathon said in a December 14 letter.  More »
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Study: Texas leads nation in unconventional oil and gas jobs

Some 576,000 Texans were in jobs linked to unconventional oil and gas in 2012, and that is expected to rise to almost 930,000 by the end of the decade, the IHS Global Insight study released Wednesday says.  More »
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Officials say wider canal can boost natural gas exports

Transportation and port officials reiterated Tuesday that the nearly complete expansion of the Panama Canal will provide opportunities for growth in exports, but won’t immediately strain the state’s road, railroads and pipelines.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Texas disclosure laws give hazy view of fracking fluid

An environmental group is raising new questions about the frequency of trade secret exemptions used by natural gas drillers when disclosing chemicals used in fracking fluids in Texas.  More »
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

Nuke plant approaches key phase of license renewal

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday it will hold two meetings in January to gather public comment for a key report that could determine if the South Texas Project receives 20-year extensions on licenses to operate its two nuclear reactors.  More »
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Draft of fracking regulations released

California would require oil companies engaged in the controversial practice of fracking to pressure-test their wells first, notify the state in advance and make sure they aren’t working too close to a fault line under regulations proposed Tuesday.  More »
A drill rig near Buffalo, S.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

American oil growing most since first well signals independence

The U.S. expanded its oil production this year by the most since the first commercial well was drilled in 1859, upending a belief that Americans were increasingly hooked on foreign crude.  More »