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This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

Canada to boost efforts to monitor oil sands pollution

Canada and the province of Alberta will expand monitoring and increase air and water testing at oil-sands operations as the projects attract record investment and greater environmental scrutiny.  More »
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Draft fracking rule has ‘good elements,’ environmentalist says

The U.S. Interior Department’s proposed guidelines for natural gas fracking on public lands don’t specify how drillers will disclose the chemicals they use.  More »
Shell used the Noble Discoverer to explore in the Chukchi Sea in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell hopeful for Arctic drilling

It’s the billion-dollar question in Alaska for 2012: Will this be the year Shell Oil begins large-scale offshore exploratory drilling in Arctic waters?  More »
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Obama, GOP spin recent energy stats

You wouldn’t know it from the Republicans, but these are boom times for American energy.  More »
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GOP lawmakers seek vote on Pa. gas drilling bill

A final framework is at hand on sweeping legislation to impose an impact fee and update safety regulations on Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry, top Republican state lawmakers say.  More »

Chevron rig burns off Nigeria as damage hits shore

The burning inferno of what used to be a Chevron Corp. natural gas rig still stains the night’s sky orange more than two weeks after the rig caught fire, and no one can say when it will end as swarms of dead fish surface.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Gulf Coast business still suffering from offshore drilling slowdown

The group found that federal regulators have approved about three deepwater drilling permits per month since the moratorium ended, down from six permit approvals per month prior to the spill.  More »
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Gulf Coast business still suffering from drilling slowdown. White House hands over more Solyndra docs. Gasland director says he’s been blacklisted.  More »
A woman walks on a snow-covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Fresh heavy snow has triggered traffic chaos in Belgrade and other Serbian cities, further complicating relief efforts as Eastern Europe's harshest cold snap in decades spreads to the north of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

EU prepares for potential gas crisis

The European Union is bracing for another potential energy crisis in the dead of winter as Russian gas supplies to some member states have suddenly dwindled by up to 30 percent.  More »
Oil sands operations near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. (AP file photo/Canadian Press, Eamon Mac Mahon)

BLM proposes scaling back oil shale, tar sands development

The Bureau of Land Management on Friday proposed scaling back a George W. Bush-era plan to lease Western lands for development of oil shale and tar sands.  More »
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Oil prices rise after U.S. hiring expands

The positive U.S. jobs data added to evidence that the world’s largest economy — and biggest user of gasoline — is growing stronger.  More »
THE Texas Department of Transportation and City of Tyler street workers repair a sinkhole Friday. The sinkhole on Front Street, also known as State Highway 31, forced the shutdown of one lane of traffic. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tom Worner)

House panels finish work on highway bill that expands drilling

A series of House committee wrapped up their work on legislation that would reauthorize surface-transportation programs for five years at current spending levels, as well as expand oil-and-gas drilling and use the royalties to cover some of the costs.  More »