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Surging coal exports boost Kinder, bother Democrats

U.S. coal exports nearly doubled between 2009 and 2011, according to a report released today by Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee.  More »
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Anadarko doesn’t reach settlement with U.S., trial to resume

A trial began May 15, with Anadarko facing testimony from more than 50 witnesses, and was scheduled to run until at least the end of July. On June 28, David Zott, a lawyer for the U.S. and Tronox, said the plaintiffs had presented their last witness, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper asked Anadarko how it would begin its defense.  More »
A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. A pair of bombs struck two oil pipelines on Friday in southern Iraq, causing a temporary cut in production at the country's largest oil field, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Chevron to drill in Iraq starting next year

Chevron said today it will enter Iraq and begin drilling for oil there next year after purchasing major interests in two areas of its Kurdistan region.  More »
Port Arthur police cars were parked at the driveway to Port Arthur's CES facility on S. Gulfway Drive after the plant was shut down Tuesday morning to be investigated by federal agencies. Amy Moore/The Enterprise / Beaumont

Former president of Port Arthur environmental company charged with conspiracy

The former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services is named in a 13-count federal indictment, charged with conspiracy to illegally transport hazardous materials, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  More »

Greenpeace unveils billboard that spoofs Shell ad

Environmentalists who oppose Shell’s planned exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters have taken their campaign to Interstate 10.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Crude drop threatens gain in drilling

A decline of as much as 30 percent in crude prices from this year’s high has slowed a record expansion of U.S. oil drilling that began in 2009 when producers turned away from natural gas and toward more profitable liquids.  More »

BP, Kinder Morgan announced service agreement

BP announced plans to team up with Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which will provide the oil giant with condensate processing services and storage space for more than 750,000 barrels.  More »
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Woman pulls gun to keep smart meter out

A Harris County woman used a gun to persuade a CenterPoint Energy worker from installing an electric smart meter on her home, according to KHOU-TV story.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Power grid in sea reaches for new depths

Offshore operators racing to extract more oil from under deep waters have a vision of one day running wells remotely from land, reducing the need for multibillion dollar offshore production platforms.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

House sets showdown with Obama administration on drilling ban

House Republicans are demanding that Obama administration officials testify about how they justified a five-month ban on deep-water drilling imposed in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., says the administration has “stonewalled” the House Natural Resources Committee investigation into a 2010 Interior Department report that recommended a drilling ban in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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Eagle Ford boom strains health care, schools

The Eagle Ford Shale is transforming South Texas, but the oil boom is straining health care, education and social services.  More »
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Shell said to be in Anadarko talks for Mozambique gas

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) has started discussions with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) over a bid for the U.S. producer’s gas assets in Mozambique, where energy companies are looking to tap the largest discoveries in a decade, according to people familiar with the situation.  More »