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Heather Zichal said, “It’s hard to overstate how natural gas and our ability to access more of it than ever has become a game changer." (Photo: Heather Zichal)

Obama’s aide on climate change seeking oil, gas allies

Heather Zichal spent her early days in the Obama administration pushing a climate-change bill in Congress that oil and gas companies helped to derail.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Judge outlines new plan for Gulf oil spill trial

A federal judge has outlined a new structure for a trial of Gulf oil spill claims that wouldn’t be resolved by a proposed class-action settlement between BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, OK, to discuss his energy policy, on March, 22, 2012. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Nebraska high court won’t take up pipeline case

The Nebraska Supreme Court has refused to hear a direct challenge to the state’s new pipeline siting law.  More »
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Workers examine solar panels at a manufacturer of photovoltaic products in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. (AP Photo)

US again imposes clean-energy tariffs on China

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to impose stiff new tariffs on wind-energy towers made in China, the latest strike in an escalating trade war over clean energy.  More »
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Proposed ND oil pipeline could be scrapped

A Colorado company says its proposed $650 million pipeline that would move 150,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily to a hub in Minnesota is at risk of being scrapped.  More »
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Ad campaign uses dead presidents to make nat gas pitch

The ghosts of dead presidents will be coming soon to Houston movie theaters, courtesy of a new campaign by the American Clean Skies Foundation, a natural gas advocacy group.  More »
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Brazil prosecutors seek payment from Shell, BASF

Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant.  More »
Petroleos Mexicanos oil platforms in the Cantarell oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo: Pemex/Bloomberg)

Chevron, Baker Hughes to bid for Pemx rights

Chevron, Baker Hughes and Chile’s state-owned Enap Sipetrol SA plan to bid in an auction offered by Petroleos Mexicanos to develop offshore and onshore mature fields, the Mexican state company, known as Pemex, said today on its website.  More »

Chevron CEO tells critics they are wrong

Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson faced some of his company’s sharpest critics Wednesday during the oil giant’s annual shareholders meeting and politely told them they were wrong.  More »
Al Armendariz. Photo: Amy Gutierrez, Chronicle

President Bush’s EPA went after producers more often than Obama’s

The EPA went after producers more often in the years of Republican President George W. Bush, a former Texas oilman, than under President Barack Obama.  More »

Exxon Mobil boss hears shareholders’ praise and gripes

At Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholders’ meeting, CEO Rex Tillerson said the company is considering exporting North American natural gas.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil headed for biggest monthly drop since 2008

The price of oil is headed for its biggest monthly decline since December 2008.  More »
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TransCanada talks jobs, supplies at Beaumont workshop

A crude oil pipeline that will run 485 miles from Cushing, Okla., to Southeast Texas should be under construction by late summer and operational in late 2013.  More »
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Report: Wind power growth slows down

China has dominated the wind power market, installing 43 percent of the world’s new wind power capacity in 2011, according to a report by the Worldwatch Institute.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Oil glut seen in survey defying seaway reversal

U.S. crude inventories probably climbed to the highest level in almost 22 years as the reversal of the Seaway pipeline proved insufficient to alleviate a glut in the central part of the country, a Bloomberg survey showed.  More »