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Republicans grill Interior Department watchdog in drilling ban probe

Congressional Republicans grilled the Interior Department’s top internal investigator and suggested her involvement in a government offshore safety panel undermined her independence.  More »
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) As Denton considers fracking ban, the state's oil and gas regulator weighs in, calling the attempt "extremely misguided."

Late night talkers take tough stance on fracking

Hydraulic fracturing isn’t finding any friends on late night talk shows – or at least not recently.  More »
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Experts: Ohio gov’s $1T oil, gas price tag wrong

Geology experts tell The Associated Press that Gov. John Kasich’s claim that a single energy company could recover $1 trillion worth of oil and gas from Ohio shale is an exorbitant overestimate.  More »
Al Armendariz will have a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee grill him Wednesday about his comments and record as EPA head of an area overseeing energy-rich states. Photo: AP GraphicsBank

Former Texas EPA official talks about state’s biggest problem

Former EPA regional chief Al Armendariz, who resigned amid a flap over his suggestion that the agency should “crucify” violators, spoke with the Texas Tribune about EPA’s relationship with the energy industry and Texas environmental regulators.  More »
The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Apache reports 73 percent drop in Q2 earnings

Houston-based Apache Corporation, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, reported a 73 percent drop in second quarter earnings over the same time last year, hard hit by the recent drop in oil and gas prices.  More »
Discoverer Seven Seas, a Transocean rig.

Transocean’s results show improving operations, execs say

Transocean executives said Thursday they had improved operations and signed lucrative new contracts for work as the company continues to rebound from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill  More »
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In Texas, a push to save power at peak times

Last summer, when temperatures soared above 100 day after day, Robert Rhea’s thermostat took on a life of its own.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Pennsylvania man uses high-tech filter system to keep methane at bay

Pennsylvania resident Michael Leighton had Chesapeake Energy install a high-tech filter system in his Bradford County home to prevent methane gas from seeping into his water well.  More »
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Steffy: More questions about wholesale electric market

A new report makes the latest developments in Texas’ deregulated electricity market look more and more like a scene from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”  More »
A massive fire from a PG&E pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E ignored gaps in data, engineer says

A key Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas engineer testified that he repeatedly told his bosses the company was relying on flawed data to vouch for the safety of its gas transmission lines before the San Bruno disaster, but that the utility took no steps to fix the problem.  More »
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Phillips 66 profits from refining U.S. crude

Newly independent refining corporation Phillips 66 is tying its success to North America’s growing bounty of crude, employing a bevy of transportation methods to free its refineries from higher-priced oil imports.  More »
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. (San Antonio Express News/John Davenport)

Texas using health care reform ruling to fight EPA

Texas may have new courtroom ammunition in its fight over federal regulation of greenhouse gases: the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on health care reform.  More »