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Oil below $107 after US, Israel meet on Iran

Oil prices hovered below $107 a barrel today in Asia after U.S. and Israel leaders met to discuss growing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.  More »
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Politics take center stage at CERA energy conference

Election-year debates over domestic energy production have made fossil fuels and green energy key partisan issues, political players said at the CERA Week conference.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

CERA: Shale boom puts spotlight on fracturing

A panel offered up recommendations for responsible development of shale gas resources in a way that would protect human health and the environment.  More »
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James J. Mulva, chairman, president, and CEO of ConocoPhillips, speaking at CERAWeek 2010 at Hilton Americas Hotel Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Houston.  Melissa Phillip / Chronicle )

ConocoPhillips expects $10 billion of asset sales in 2012

Most of the sales will be related to exploration and production this year, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Mulva said.  More »

U.S. energy boom kicks off CERA Week

The annual CERA Week Conference drew energy industry leaders to downtown Houston to discuss key issues surrounding the domestic energy boom and environmental concerns.  More »
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Pump prices rise again, oil prices steady

OPIS chief oil analyst Tom Kloza said the average price could reach $4.25 per gallon by late March or April but the pace of the increase should slow.  More »

Democrats: Curb ‘excessive speculation’ to cut gas prices

Seventy Democratic lawmakers pressed the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday to take action to curb oil-futures speculation they say has contributed to the rising price of gasoline.  More »
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Enbridge to start shipments on Illinois pipeline this week

Enbridge Inc. plans to resume crude deliveries this week on an Illinois pipeline that shut over the weekend, allowing supply to reach Chicago-area refineries run by BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Citgo Petroleum Corp.  More »
Fire crews sprayed water on the blazing remnants of BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP file)

BP Gulf oil spill discussions continue, U.S. official says

Discussions between the U.S. Justice Department and companies involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are continuing after a $7.8 billion agreement between BP Plc and businesses and individuals harmed by the spill, Assistant Attorney General Tony West said today.  More »
Former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, of Texas A&M University, speaks during a CERAWeek panel on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Hilton-Americas hotel in Houston. (Photo: Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek conference to focus on energy policy

Energy policy will dominate the election-year program at the annual CERAWeek energy conference, which begins Monday at the Hilton Americas-Houston downtown.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

EPA heightens scrutiny of Pa.’s Marcellus Shale

Tugging on rubber gloves, a laboratory worker kneels before a gushing spigot behind Kim Grosso’s house and positions an empty bottle under the clear, cold stream. The process is repeated dozens of times as bottles are filled, marked and packed into coolers.  More »
A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

GM to sell pickups with option to burn CNG

General Motors Co. (GM), the world’s largest automaker, plans to begin taking orders in April on pickups that run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas, potentially reducing costs for users.  More »