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A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

EPA seeks experts to review Wyo. pollution study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominees for a peer review panel that will be asked to take a close look at an EPA draft report that theorizes a link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater pollution in a Wyoming gas field.  More »
Bobby Petty, with the "Veterans for Keystone XL," speaks in support of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would connect Canadian tar sands to Port Arthur refineries. (Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

IEA’s Birol on Keystone pipeline, oil stockpiles

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, talks about President Barack Obama’s decision to reject a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. Birol, speaking with Bloomberg’s Lananh Nguyen in London, also discusses Iran’s threat to disrupt traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Neb. governor disappointed with Keystone decision

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman expressed concern that a federal decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline could create legal problems for the state.  More »

In Omaha, Neb., a protester raises signs opposing the Keystone XL pipeline in September 2010. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Baucus says tax cuts, oil pipeline top priorities

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said cutting taxes and securing approval for a massive oil pipeline are top congressional priorities this year and the Montana Democrat expressed optimism that deals can be reached despite the recent bitter partisan stalemates.  More »
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 »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

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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. (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 »