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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to reporters during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Oil export advocate encouraged by discussions with administration

The leading Capitol Hill advocate for exporting U.S. crude said she is encouraged by the Obama administration’s focus on the issue, following a meeting with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she left the private session confident that “there are ongoing discussions within the (Commerce) department on this issue.”  More »
Some of the cars Google uses in its street view project now are equipped to sense natural gas leaks. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Google-gas: mapping cars search for pipeline leaks

Environmentalists have teamed up with Google to shine a spotlight on natural gas leaking from pipes buried under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island.  More »
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Schlumberger, Precision deal aims to increase drilling efficiencies

A Canadian driller is teaming up with Schlumberger to combine its walking rigs with the oil-field giant’s powerful rotary steering systems and other tools in a bid to literally cut corners in drilling shale reservoirs.  More »
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Council member George Campbell, left rear, talks with Mayor Chris Watts as council persons Anita Burgess and Dalton Gregory right, listen to Former Texas Railroad Commission executive director John Tintara, at podium, speak at a public hearing at City Hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Denton residents to vote on fracking ban in November

The Denton City Council voted down a petition 5-2 to ban new hydraulic fracturing after eight hours of testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Pump prices are on the move–and you’ll like the direction

Gasoline prices could fall an average of 10 to 20 cents per gallon in the coming weeks, following a decline in oil prices.  More »
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Canada extends review of Kinder’s $5 billion pipeline expansion

The Trans Mountain project would bring additional output from Alberta’s oil sands to Canada’s Pacific Coast.  More »
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BP workers can sue over retirement losses tied to spill, court says

The plan managers “knew or should have known, based on a variety of sources, that BP shares were not a prudent investment,” the workers alleged in their complaints.  More »
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Oil falls below $100 for first time since May

Prices have been falling in recent weeks as worries about supply disruptions from Iraq eased and on the prospect of more supplies from Libya.  More »
Rig hands thread together drilling pipe at a hydraulic fracturing site owned by EQT Corp. located atop the Marcellus shale rock formation in Washington Township, Pennsylvania. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Enhanced oil recovery techniques limited in shale

Energy companies currently leave about 95 percent of the crude in the ground at today’s unconventional oil wells, but they face major technological challenges in boosting recovery rates, a Schlumberger scientist said Tuesday.  More »
Pictured is a hydraulic fracturing operation in the Permian Basin that took place on Oct. 1, 2012. Apache is an active driller in the Permian Basin and during the quarter averaged 35 rigs drilling 201 wells of which 26 were horizontal. (Apache)

Coming soon to a country near you: The US frac phenomenon

The United States’ monopoly on pulling oil and gas out of ultra-dense rock formations is ending, as companies aim to replicate the success in other countries, energy analysts said Tuesday.  More »
A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil in Montana. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

The petition was filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics.  More »
The U.S. Air Force is set to certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models to burn fuels derived from waste oils and plants by 2013, three years ahead of target, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Kevin Geiss said. (Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Biofuels demand up for aviation, marine industries

Demand for biofuels in the aviation and marine industries has expanded rapidly in recent years, a new report finds.  More »
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