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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 »
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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 »

BP settlement talks hit a roadblock

Settlement talks have collapsed between BP and lawyers representing business owners and individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, sources familiar with the negotiations told the Chronicle.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fracking rules to include safety certification, Salazar says

The Obama administration will require energy companies to certify that they are not endangering local water supplies when using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas and oil, the Interior Department said.  More »
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Texas court rules on groundwater property rights

As drought conditions in much of Texas continue, a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling has further defined the rights and limitations private property protections for groundwater in a landmark decision.  More »

No relief in sight at Houston gas pumps

If you’re planning a driving trip soon, it’s going to cost you more – perhaps a lot more – than it did last year.  More »
(Kevin Fujii / Houston Chronicle)

Gov: Senate bill doesn’t address oil decline

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said the Senate’s work-in-progress proposal to cut oil taxes offers “no hope” for more investment and does nothing to stop the decline in oil production.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell asks U.S. Supreme Court to bar human-rights suit

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the company can’t be sued by Nigerians seeking damages for torture and murders committed by their government in the early 1990s.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Study tags 65,000 jobs, $4.9B boost to Ohio shale

An academic team enlisted by Ohio’s business sector released a study Tuesday that finds oil and gas drilling will mean more than 65,000 jobs and an almost $4.9 billion investment in the state’s economy by 2014.  More »
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

SandRidge chief ward shuns shale as investors pay price

SandRidge Energy Inc. (SD), the U.S. explorer that pumps oil from aged fields while competitors drill in younger shale plays, has become the most-leveraged independent producer as it ramps up crude production.  More »