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Iran agrees to restart nuclear talks with U.S., allies

The U.S. and its European allies will press Iran for tangible action to curb its nuclear program when talks restart later this week after a 15-month hiatus.  More »
Talisman Energy Inc. explores for shale gas in the middle of muddy fields in Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Shale gas exploration raises hope, fear in Poland

A slender shale gas rig rising from the midst of plowed fields and farm houses in Poland has inspired both hope for a local community’s prosperity and fears it will ruin bucolic village life.  More »
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Books, films chronicle Marcellus Shale gas rush

Dairy farmers-turned-shale millionaires. Rural widows gypped by smooth-talking landmen. Revitalized communities. Exploding wells. Dreams realized and hopes dashed.  More »

Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. gasoline may have peaked at $3.96 a gallon

The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. filling stations increased 3.74 cents over the past two weeks and may have peaked, according to Trilby Lundberg, the president of Lundberg Survey Inc.  More »
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Shell may drill in southeast Turkey this year

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) may begin drilling for oil in Turkey’s southeast by the end of the year, Sabah newspaper reported, citing an interview with Shell Turkey Chief Executive Officer Ahmet Erdem.  More »
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Oil drops below $102 ahead of Iran nuclear talks

Oil prices fell below $102 a barrel Monday amid hopes that international talks between Tehran and the six major powers scheduled for this week may help avoid military action over Iran’s nuclear program.  More »
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Interior chief sees federal fracturing rule benefiting industry

Amid industry fears that looming regulations threaten technology that has revolutionized oil and gas production, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has a quick comeback: The change will be better for both industry and the environment.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, P.A., holds a jug of his well water outside of The Forum in Binghamton, NY, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 during the final public meeting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyís hydraulic fracturing study. Sautner lives 976-feet from a Cabot Oil natural gas drill. He was not allowed to take the receptacle into the meeting. (AP Photo/Press & Sun-Bulletin, Rebecca Catlett)

EPA says water OK at 20 wells in town

Featured in the documentary “Gasland,” the village of Dimock has been at the center of a fierce debate over drilling, in particular the process of hydraulic fracturing.  More »
Citizens respond to speakers during a community forum to discuss recent seismic activity related to deep wastewater injection wells, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Study ties oil, gas production to Midwest quakes

Outside experts were split in their opinions about the report, which is not yet published but is due to be presented at a meeting later this month.  More »
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Reliant will reveal firms with smart meter grants

Reliant Energy will disclose the names of companies receiving federal grants to develop its smart meter products, after the Department of Energy said the electricity retailer wasn’t complying with transparency rules. Reliant says it had an agreement with the federal agency to keep the recipients’ names private because the information was proprietary, but the Energy […]  More »
A delivery driver connects hoses on a gasoline tanker, prior to replenishing the tanks at a BP station in Pittsburgh. The nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon on Tuesday, March 6,2012. That ended a streak of price hikes that began on Feb. 8.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell to settle hot fuel suits

BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil agreed to settle lawsuits that accused the oil companies of profiting off of “hot fuel,” according to a Kansas City Star story.  More »
This is an undated handout photo issued by Total E&P UK Ltd of Total's Elgin PUQ (Process/Utilities/Quarters)  platform. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. (AP Photo  / TOTAL E&P UK Ltd)

Total says Elgin Well plugging deemed possible after visit

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, said an onsite team has determined that pumping mud to stop a leaking North Sea well at the Elgin offshore platform may be “achievable.”  More »
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Feds divide up oil spill responsibilities

The Coast Guard and the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced today that they have formally divvied up their responsibilities in case of any offshore oil spill.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Report: Texas oil and gas employment hits record

The number of workers on oil and gas payrolls grew 16 percent over the past year. But the industry is taking a hit on falling natural gas prices.  More »
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Should Americans count their blessings with gas prices?

Gasoline prices are steadily rising toward the $4-mark again this year, causing many Americans to complain about the higher prices at the pump.  More »