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NY court decision bolsters anti-fracking movement

A New York court decision has bolstered a movement among towns determined to prevent the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders.  More »
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Energy exec. says ex-Okla. senator was not bribed

An energy company executive told a 12-member jury Wednesday the company hired the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate for his legal services and that payments he received were not a bribe.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
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Chevron cited in Kern County oil field death

State investigators say Chevron Corp. failed to put certain safety procedures in writing before a 54-year-old employee fell into a sinkhole and died on a company oil field in Kern County.  More »

Local youths look at an oil rig  in Nigeria's oil-rich delta region. (AP file photo/George Osodi)

Shell bid starts race for African gas fields

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s $1.6 billion bid for Cove Energy Plc (COV) starts a race to develop natural-gas fields off Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coast that may hold more than Norway’s entire reserves.  More »
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Obama urged to resist calls to use oil reserves amid Iran risks

President Barack Obama should resist calls to combat rising gas prices with oil from U.S. reserves, which must be available in the event Iran blocks a pathway for a fifth of the crude heading to market, Republicans say.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

BP, Anadarko ruled liable for pollution law violations

“BP and Anadarko are liable for civil penalties under the act because they are both owners of the offshore facility from which oil discharged,” Judge Carl Barbier said.  More »
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Obama corporate-tax plan would boost clean energy

The corporate tax plan President Obama outlined on Wednesday would roll back oil-and-gas industry tax breaks while promoting more development of renewable energy such as wind and solar.  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)

Gas prices again fueling energy policy debate

Gasoline prices have once again risen to the forefront of energy policy debate, resulting in a political back-and-forth among lawmakers, interest groups and the Obama administration.  More »
A visitor passes a production map of the United States for one of the exhibitors at the Winter NAPE Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo: Brett Coomer / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

NAPE conference focuses criticism on Obama

The annual NAPE Conference provided a forum for the oil and gas industry to target administration policies that critics say have limited domestic fossil fuel production.  More »
Hart Energy Executive Vice President and Board member, Frederick L. Potter.

Hart Energy executive dies after battle with cancer

Energy industry publisher Hart Energy announced that Frederick L. Potter, the Houston firm’s executive vice president and a board member, died after a two year battle with cancer.  More »
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High court rules for power company over Mont. dams

The Supreme Court sided with a power company Wednesday in a dispute with Montana over who owns the riverbeds beneath 10 dams sitting on three Montana rivers.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon Mobil signs 20-year field leases in Nigeria

Nigeria’s state-run oil company says Exxon Mobil Corp. has signed 20-year leases on three major oil fields in the West African nation.  More »
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BP growing wind farm in West Texas

West Texas isn’t all drilling rigs, oil wells and pump jacks. The region is rapidly raising its profile as a global powerhouse for wind energy.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

How new fracking disclosure laws stack up

President Obama vowed in his State of the Union speech to make oil companies provide more disclosure of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, and last week, the Houston Chronicle obtained a draft proposal of the new federal rules. As Fuelfix reported at the time:  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)

Okla. panel wants to limit refunds for drillers

After pledging to Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry that it would make good on tax breaks temporarily set aside during a fiscal crisis, some legislators believe the state should repay developers only about 50 cents on the dollar.  More »