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Feds predict fewer oil disruptions than 2011 hurricane season

Storms will cut about 4.5 million barrels of crude and 9.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to EIA estimates.  More »
Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Republicans, Democrats at odds on energy issues

Republicans and Democrats seem to be living on different planets when it comes to how to meet U.S. energy needs.  More »
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Report: Crude price hit record in 2011

Despite a relatively normal year in terms of global energy supply and demand, the average global crude price rose above $100 per barrel for the first time on record, according to BP’s annual world energy report.  More »
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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)

Cuomo administration signals N.Y. fracking plan

Landowners along New York’s southern border who support natural gas drilling are cheered by reports that the Cuomo administration is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing on a limited basis only in towns that want it.  More »
This photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a sand dune lizard in Chaves County, N.M., The sand dune lizard is one of the creatures that the advocacy group WildEarth Guardians believes should be emergency listed under the Endangered Species Act. The group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department, claiming the agency failed to take action on hundreds of species that had been petitioned for listing. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michael T. Hill)

Conservation efforts help avoid lizard listing

The federal government will not place the dunes sagebrush lizard, a sand-dwelling reptile of the West Texas oil patch, on the lists of species requiring special protection, officials said Wednesday.  More »
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Texas company drops plans for SW Pa. gas pipeline

A Texas company has abandoned plans for a natural gas pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania, citing legal costs and falling natural gas production.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Price, technology driving U.S. oil production

Domestic oil production is on the rise but so is the political debate about who should take the credit.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Shale boom to fuel 1.5 million jobs by 2015, study says

The shale gas boom will account for about 1.4 million new jobs by 2015, employing hundreds of thousands of workers across 48 states, according to a study released today by research and analysis firm IHS Global Insight.  More »
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Cyber attacks on power grid could be costly and possible

Hackers could cause blackouts to the nation’s power grid by feeding the system incorrect load data that forces officials to mistakenly believe they need to conserve power supply, according to a new report.  More »
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World Health Organization unit says diesel fumes cause cancer

The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from “probable carcinogen” was an important shift.  More »
LyondellBasell announced plans to build a new chemical plant on the Gulf Coast. Its Channelview complex makes propylene oxide, styrene monomer and other derivatives.(Courtesy of LyondellBasell)

LyondellBassel wins federal grant for Houston project

LyondellBasell will use a $5.4 million federal grant to develop an energy-saving technology for ethane cracking, one of the first projects in its new Channelview R&D center.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Eagle Ford plant under way

Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum has begun construction of a natural-gas processing plant south of Cotulla that will add than 100 construction jobs in the area.  More »