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An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Eni SpA pipeline attacked in Nigeria’s oil delta

Gunmen attacked a pipeline early Friday morning belonging to Eni SpA in Nigeria’s oil-rich and restive southern delta, the Italian oil firm said, as the main militant group in the region claimed responsibility for the assault.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Groups appeal Arctic offshore lease sale decision

Alaska Native and environmental groups challenged a U.S. District Court decision that concluded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had adequately considered the environmental effects.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas prices stay at 10-year low

Natural gas prices have been falling since last June.  More »
API President Jack Gerard speaks in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Industry asks for more time to comply with drilling pollution mandates

The oil industry’s leading trade group today implored federal regulators for more time to comply with a looming rule that will pare air pollution from hydraulic fracturing and natural gas wells.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Earthquake outbreak “almost certainly” manmade, scientists say

A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” manmade, and may coincide with wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a new study.  More »
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Activists to stage protest for SEC energy rules

Human-rights and anti-poverty activists plan to urge regulators to finalize long-delayed rules requiring certain publicly listed oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to host governments.  More »
Enterprise Products Mont Belvieu complex (Dave Rossman/For the Houston Chronicle)

New gas liquids pipeline to link Colorado, Panhandle

The planned Front Range Pipeline will run from Colorado to Skellytown in the Texas Panhandle, connecting with a network that goes to processing facilities on the Gulf Coast.  More »
The Keystone XL pipeline was planned to be built near the sandhills in north central Nebraska, shown here. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska lawmakers approve Keystone XL bill

Nebraska lawmakers approved a $2 million plan to study a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline, which was fiercely opposed in the state because a previously proposed route took it near a major aquifer.  More »
Exxon Mobil's refinery along the Ship Channel in Baytown (Houston Chronicle file photo)

Iraq suggest Exxon deals with Kurds could stand

Iraq’s top energy official says the country may be open to letting Exxon Mobil keep some of its disputed oil deals in the self-ruled Kurdish region if they and similar contracts meet Baghdad’s approval.  More »
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Report: Wind industry brought 6,816 MW online in 2011

Texas is still a national leader in wind energy, but Kansas is building more wind projects this year and Iowa claimed more jobs tied to the sector in 2011 than the Lone Star State, according to a new assessment by an industry trade group.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices slip as analysts say peak nears

Gasoline prices slipped across the nation as analysts say the rising price of gasoline could be near the end.  More »
Shell's Gulf of Mexico Mars platform, seen here being repaired after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Shell.

Shell reports no signs of leaks as Gulf sheen breaks up

The U.S. Coast Guard is checking reports of a 10-mile sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil Co.  More »
Workboats operate near the Transocean Development Driller II at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Dave Martin)

Transocean challenges jurisdiction in spill probe

A lawyer for Transocean tried to cut off the last of several investigations into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster Wednesday, arguing in Houston federal court that one agency did not have jurisdiction to dig into the company’s operations.  More »
Construction has begun on a new office tower along the energy corridor, developed by Trammell Crow Co. and designed by Kirksey Architects. (TCC)

20-story tower planned for Energy Corridor

A high-end office development is being planned in the Energy Corridor, potentially adding 1.5 million square feet of space to this part of west Houston, where oil and gas companies dominate the corporate landscape.  More »
Environmental clean water protester John Nicholson holds a sign and wears a respirator as he participates in a protest outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's chambers following a rally in the state capitol against gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the price of natural gas has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, a remarkable decline for a commodity that not long ago was believed to be in short supply. Natural gas production has boomed across the country as energy companies employ a new drilling technique to tap previously untouched reserves. The process has raised concerns about water safety, and has been temporarily banned in New York and New Jersey. But where it has been allowed, it has led to increases in drilling, job growth and production. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

Docs say drilling law hurts health

Public health advocates and doctors on the front lines of Pennsylvania’s natural gas-drilling boom are attacking the state’s new Marcellus Shale law, likening one of its provisions to a gag order and complaining that vital research money into health effects was stripped at the last minute.  More »