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Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

Pa. town with tainted wells getting new EPA water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will deliver fresh water to four homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were tainted by a gas driller. The agency also said it will begin testing the water supplies of dozens more homes as it ramps up its investigation more than three years after homeowners say the water supply was ruined.  More »
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Chevron rig fire on 5th day off Nigeria’s coast

Chevron Corp. says it is still trying to extinguish a five-day old fire on its rig off Nigeria’s coast after presuming two foreign workers dead.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fracking market to grow 19% to $37 billion worldwide

The worldwide market for hydraulic fracturing will grow 19 percent this year to a record $37 billion, one-third the pace of expansion in 2011 after tumbling natural-gas prices discouraged exploration for the fuel, said Spears & Associates Inc.  More »

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Who says there aren’t jobs out there? Lawmakers seek to undo pipeline denial. And natural gas prices could be on the rise with exports.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 2011. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

State Department official to testify on Keystone XL permit denial

The hearing will come a week after the Obama administration denied a permit for Keystone XL, saying a congressionally imposed Feb. 21 decision deadline didn’t give enough time to study alternative routes.  More »
Oil sticks to the grass near the home of Robert Castleberry along side the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., Tuesday July 5, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel, Montana ruptured and spilled oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Exxon Mobil reaches settlement on Montana spill

The oil company will pay $300,000 in cash and spend $1.3 million on future environmental projects.  More »
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Oil drifts lower, stays above $100 a barrel

A stronger economy means demand for energy products should improve.  More »
The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

Canada optimistic Keystone XL pipeline will be approved

President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily block a pipeline from Alberta to Texas went over badly in Canada, but Canadian officials are hopeful it eventually will be approved. Meanwhile, Canada will push harder for a pipeline to the Pacific Coast, where oil could be shipped to China.  More »
The mobile offshore drilling unit Development Driller III at the Deepwater Horizon site on May 7, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

U.S. says BP, Transocean and Anadarko should be liable for spill before trial

BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. should be found liable before trial for violations of federal pollution laws stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawyers for the U.S. argued at a hearing in federal court in New Orleans.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Corbett will sign drilling emergency-response bill

Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sign newly passed legislation designed to provide an emergency response plan and accurate GPS coordinates for each Marcellus Shale well site in Pennsylvania.  More »
(AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Huge oil rig arrives to explore in Cuban waters

A massive oil rig has arrived in Cuban waters and is set to begin exploring for undersea crude.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Feds: Exporting natural gas will cause heating, electric bills to rise

As companies seek approval to export some of the United States’ glut of natural gas, a federal report released today says exports would cause natural gas prices to rise as much as 9 percent for U.S. consumers.  More »
Harvested corn grain is unloaded from an auger.  (AP file photo/Seth Perlman)

Lawmakers want coal- and gas-based ethanol in fuel mandate

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including three Texans, has introduced legislation that would allow natural gas- and coal-based ethanol to compete alongside the corn-based variety for a U.S. renewable-fuels mandate.  More »
Actress Daryl Hannah, center, and others, take part in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington to protest the Keystone oil pipeline.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Opinion: Wrong decision on Keystone XL pipeline

President Barack Obama has made a shockingly shortsighted decision by rejecting a go-ahead for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. By doing so, Obama has openly proclaimed the primacy of his own re-election over the nation’s long-term energy and economic security.  More »
Mohammad Rezaie changes the gas prices at his Union 76 gas station in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  The price of oil is flirting with $100 per barrel for the first time since the summer, as fears fade that Europe's debt crisis will spread and trigger another recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Gasoline price rise slowed this week

After two weeks of multi-cent jumps, gasoline prices rose by just a penny in Texas.  More »