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A Mountain Ridge Drilling rig of Daugherty Petroleum -- which works 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- is pictured 26 October 2005 in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky.  Most of the 900 or so wells drilled in Kentucky this year won't produce more than a barrel or two of oil a day, but with prices topping USD 60 a barrel, those little wells are pulling in big profits, especially when they also pump natural gas.   AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES  (Photo: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Natural gas to boost U.S. trade, Lombard Odier says

The U.S. current account, the broadest measure of trade, will be in surplus within 10 years as the country produces more natural gas and crude oil, according to Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie.  More »
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Williams buys Marcellus gas pipeline system for $2.5 billion

Williams Partners LP (WPZ), the third- biggest U.S. pipeline partnership, agreed to buy a natural-gas pipeline system in the Marcellus Shale from closely held Caiman Energy LLC for $2.5 billion in cash and equity.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

Amite Co. expects good, bad from oil activity

At first glance, Amite County’s entry into the oil boom business could be a two-headed monster.  More »
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Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

ND studies to explore natural gas, electric growth

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission agreed Monday to help pay for studies on how to meet the ravenous electricity needs of the state’s oil industry and the pipeline network required to handle its burgeoning natural gas production.  More »
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DEP asks driller for help with methane in wells

State environmental officials are asking a natural gas driller to assist three northeastern Pennsylvania families whose water wells have become contaminated with methane gas.  More »
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Ohio wind project faces hurdles after court ruling

A wind project that would build at least 54 wind turbines in a southwest Ohio county faces hurdles despite a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling in its favor.  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Poll: Oil, gas and coal gain favor as alternatives slip

An increasing proportion of Americans favor further development of oil, natural gas and coal, but a majority of Americans still favor alternative energy, according to a new poll.  More »
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Valero to shutter Aruba refinery

Valero Energy Corp. is closing its refinery in Aruba and may turn it into a terminal and storage operation.  More »
Actor Alec Baldwin attends a gala in New York City March 12, 2012. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Alec Baldwin calls Oklahoma senator an “oil whore”

Television actor Alec Baldwin launched into a fiery attack against Republican Jim Inhofe on Twitter, accusing the Oklahoma Senator of being an “oil whore.”  More »
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Houston among the first cities to get electric Ford Focus

Houston and Austin will be among the first cities in the United States to get the new Ford Focus electric car, officials said.  More »
Joy Demark says she's saved in the neighborhood of $20 a month on her electricity bill by changing her habits. She says, for example, that she now runs her dishwasher only a few times a week, when it's stuffed. (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Skeptics say new meters not so smart

For a few homeowners, having a smart meter doesn’t seem like a bright idea.  More »
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Obama to Congress: Kill oil industry’s tax breaks

Pump prices on his mind, President Barack Obama says Congress should kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy.  More »