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A pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Sustainability key to US energy future, expert says

As global energy demand rises, the United States must do a better job making its oil boom sustainable in places like the Bakken Shale, where fractured wells recover just 4 percent of the underground resource, a Rice University official said Wednesday.  More »
(Mathew Sumner/San Francisco Chronicle)

Drilling suspended after waves strike rig

Anadarko Petroleum suspended drilling while it evaluates the status of a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig hit by heavy waves Tuesday morning.  More »
A BP Plc company logo stands illuminated on a sign on the forecourt of a gas station in London. (Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

BP says oil spill cleanup on the Gulf shoreline is complete

BP says it has completed operations to cleanse Gulf of Mexico shorelines of oil that spilled after Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2013.  More »
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A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

BP puts Texas Panhandle assets on market

BP is taking bids on its rights to about 280,000 gross acres of natural gas-rich properties in the Texas Panhandle, a spokesman said late Tuesday.  More »
(Rice University photo)

Texas crude production hits highest level since 1980

An index that measures oil and gas activity in Texas reached a record level last month, bolstered by rising production and wellhead prices.  More »
Police scuffle with protesters demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Monday, March 10, 2014, as they block a door to the federal building in Philadelphia. The protestors say the pipeline would contribute to global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone foes make drastic last-ditch effort

“We’re trying to create as much pressure as we can on President Obama,” one environmentalist said. “We want to personalize this. This isn’t just the faceless masses.”  More »
Charles "Chuck" Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Houston oil company announces next CEO

Noble Energy President David Stover will succeed CEO Charles Davidson.  More »
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

Cleanup to begin at site of Pennsylvania derailment

Cleanup is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the site of a train derailment in northeastern Pennsylvania.  More »
Rail tanker cars in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

EIA: Natural gas will slash diesel’s dominance as rail fuel

Liquefied natural gas will likely eat into diesel’s market share in fueling freight locomotives over coming decades, largely because U.S. natural gas will remain cheap as domestic production surges, the Energy Information Administration projects.  More »
Fitz Acheson, welding market segment engineer for Climax, demonstrates the company's BB5000 line boring machine during the grand opening of its new Houston facility near Hobby Airport. The tool is compact to work in spaces too restrictive for most boring machines, according to Climax.

Equipment company expands to Houston (photos)

Oregon-based Climax Portable Machine & Welding Systems has opened its first Houston facility, the company’s latest move to capitalize on the region’s energy boom.  More »
The Luminant Lake Hubbard natural gas power plant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., stands in Dallas, Texas. Matt Nager/Bloomberg

Energy Future Holdings misses filing deadline

The decision not to submit the report could be another step toward bankruptcy.  More »
Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Feds announce plan to auction 21 million Gulf acres

The rights to drill in 21.4 million acres of the western Gulf of Mexico will be put on the auction block this August, the Obama administration said Tuesday.  More »
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