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An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas in 2011. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Eagle Ford deals with downside of dramatic growth

The buzzword for Day One of the Eagle Ford Consortium’s inaugural conference: overwhelmed.  More »
The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

Bill Clinton says Keystone XL should be built on new route

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline should be built using an alternate route around the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills of Nebraska, former President Bill Clinton said.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas in North Brunswick, N.J. (AP file photo/Mike Derer)

Rising gas prices spur politicians to make bold claims

Soaring gasoline prices tempt politicians in a way that many can’t resist.  More »
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Demonstrators for the Keystone XL pipeline, right, and a demonstrator against the pipeline meet outside Pershing Auditorium near the state Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. before a hearing on the pipeline. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Keystone XL pipeline may raise U.S. gas prices

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project backers including Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum say will create cheaper U.S. gasoline, instead risks raising prices as much as 20 cents a gallon in the Midwest, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.  More »
A sign warning off trespassers sits the shore off Shamrock Island, near Aransas Pass, Texas. Shell Oil is paying $500,000 for the first phase of a $2.3 million project to restore the island, a nesting habitat for more than 20,000 birds. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Shell, environmental group team up to save island

An eroding Texas island where more than 20,000 birds nest in scraggly trees and on a narrow patch of sand will be built back up thanks to a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Texas and Shell Oil.  More »
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Brazil judge denies injunction against Chevron

A Brazilian judge has turned down a request by federal prosecutors to halt all activities in Brazil of San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., according to court records posted online Wednesday.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: I pressed Obama on Keystone XL

Republican leaders of the House and Senate said they had a “positive” lunch with President Obama over a wide range of policies on Wednesday, including energy. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he also used the opportunity to press the president on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Nigeria president visits village near rig fire

Nigeria’s president attempted to calm anger in villages Monday near a Chevron Corp. offshore natural gas rig that has been engulfed in a raging fire for weeks, though no official could say when the inferno will be extinguished.  More »
(AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Kinder Morgan’s El Paso deal may proceed, judge rules

El Paso shareholders are scheduled to vote on the offer March 6.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Shell seeks to prevent late challenge to Chukchi spill plan

Shell Oil Co. has requested a legal review of its own oil-spill response plan for drilling in the Chukchi Sea, an unconventional move the company said is aimed at preventing a last-minute challenge from environmental groups that could once again delay its ambitions.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP photo)

Murkowski: Obama partially right on gas-price solutions

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski today said she agreed with President Obama that no short-term fixes exist for rising gasoline prices. But she suggested Obama’s rhetoric for more oil-and-gas production as part of an “all-of-the-above” strategy hasn’t matched his actions.  More »
Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery is on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The company plans to pull out of the refining business altogether, which could help put the Northeast region in a precarious position. Photo: MIKE MERGEN / HC

EPA says no climate rules for refineries in 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency probably won’t finalize rules setting the first-ever U.S. standards on greenhouse-gas emissions for oil refineries until early 2013, an agency spokeswoman said.  More »