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A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake chasing ‘all-but-forgotten’ shale assets

Just a month after BP decided to take a $521 million hit to abandon its plans for the Utica Shale, Chesapeake Energy last week called the region its “newest world-class asset.”  More »
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Biden to attend fundraiser at home of anti-Keystone XL billionaire

Vice President Joe Biden is planning to headline a fundraiser for Democrats at the home of billionaire Tom Steyer.  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

See? Webster says you spell it with a K

Weighing in on a debate over how to spell the shortened term for the well stimulation process called “hydraulic fracturing,” Webster goes with “frack” and “fracking.”  More »
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Houston company ordered to pay fired welder in discrimination suit

A Houston federal court jury awarded $3 million to an African-American welder who said he was fired after complaining of racial discrimination at National Oilwell Varco.  More »
Logos sit on turbine units outside the GE Power and Water plant, operated by General Electric Co., in Veresgyhaz, Hungary, on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

GE’s $17 billion energy merger in jeopardy (photos)

General Electric Co. (GE), seeking approval from France’s government for its $17 billion Alstom SA (ALO) energy bid, is in early-stage talks with nuclear-plant maker Areva SA (AREVA) and other French companies about asset sales or partnerships, people familiar with the matter said.  More »
A crew works with an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle during a test by ConocoPhillips last year in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. (Insitu)

Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work (video)

Energy companies are testing drones to inspect hard-to-reach spaces like refinery flare stacks, offshore platforms and even wind turbine blades in an effort to save time and boost worker safety.  More »

Court won’t rehear BP spill settlement issue

BP said that it is considering its legal options.  More »
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Report: Horizontal rigs surging in Permian Basin

Half the increase in horizontal drilling over the last five months has happened in the Permian Basis, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.  More »
Gov. Rick Perry prepares for a presidential debate in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Scott Eells)

Perry blasts Obama energy policy

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing President Barack Obama of talking up the promise of U.S. “energy independence” while imposing policies that are “strangling the energy industry.”  More »
A plant that produces ethanol is next to a cornfield near Coon Rapids, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar

EPA officials say fewer gallons of ethanol are necessary because the fuel efficiency of cars improved more quickly than expected, helping lower fuel demand.  More »
Press materials are displayed on a table of the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014, before Attorney General Eric Holder was to speak at a news conference. Holder was announcing that a U.S. grand jury has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade secret theft, the first-of-its-kind criminal charges against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US energy firms among alleged targets in China hacking charges

The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.  More »
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Natural gas bets drop to five-month low on US supply

Faster-than-expected gains in U.S. natural-gas inventories are easing concern that a shortage is looming next winter, spurring speculators to cut bullish bets.  More »