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Natural gas is flared near a crude oil well site in North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Gas flaring permits surge in Texas

The number of permits issued to burn off natural gas quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, according to data from the Texas Railroad Commission.  More »
A photo of a proposed wilderness area in Southern Utah. Anadarko Petroleum Company's plan to drill new natural gas wells in an area of the Uintah basin has been praised by some environmentalists for its incorporation of feedback from concerned parties. (Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance)

Anadarko drilling plan praised by environmentalists

A plan for Anadarko Petroleum Company to drill on public land and part of a proposed wilderness area in Utah was praised by environmentalists for its concessions and interest in protecting the area.  More »
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W.Va. gas firm dismissed from drilling lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a defendant from a lawsuit that a Marion County man filed against two companies he believes plan to use his property to drain natural gas from his neighbors’ reserves.  More »
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The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. 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. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Total’s North Sea leak draws comparisons with BP

Oil giant Total has moved to reassure investors and environmental activists over the past week that the financial and environmental damage from its gas leak in the North Sea would be limited, a task made more difficult by comparisons to BP’s handling of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Spring: A time for flowers, high gasoline prices

Ahh, spring. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and gasoline gets more expensive.  More »
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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. Dry wells and government delays led Talisman Energy Inc. to scrap further efforts to tap natural gas deposits in Polish shale. (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 »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

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 »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

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 »