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An El Paso well in the Altamont field in Utah (Photo: El Paso Corp.)

Natural gas companies big winners on stock market

The stock market’s mundane year got a bump from two Houston-based natural gas companies.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Chesapeake Energy sued for canceling leases

More than 100 homeowners in Michigan sued Chesapeake Energy after an affiliated company terminated leases and failed to pay bonuses after a nearby test well came up dry, according to a Reuters investigation.  More »
Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Gas prices rise before the New Year

Gas prices rose in Houston after declining to near the sub-$3 per gallon mark last week.  More »

Cyprus' President Dimitris Christofias, second right, listens to a worker of Noble Energy at the offshore oil and gas rig belonging to Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. about 115 miles (185 kilometers) off the island's south coast. A field off Cyprus where U.S. firm Noble Energy is conducting exploratory drilling holds an estimated 5-8 trillion cubic feet (140-230 billion cubic meters) of natural gas, a significant find for the small island, the country's president announced Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Press and Information Office, HO, File)

Noble’s Cyprus gas find may be complicated by Turkey

Noble Energy Inc. (NBL)’s plans to develop as much as 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the coast of Cyprus may be complicated by a dispute with Turkey over development of the field.  More »
Workboats operate near the Transocean Development Driller II at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Dave Martin)

BP staff may face U.S. criminal charges after spill

U.S. prosecutors are preparing what would be the first criminal charges against BP Plc (BP/) staff after the worst U.S. oil spill last year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Chesapeake to sell gas pipelines to affiliate for $865 million

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the most active U.S. oil and natural-gas driller, agreed to sell a pipeline subsidiary to an affiliated partnership for $865 million.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

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Did Iran hurt themselves with threatening to shutdown the Strait of Hormuz? Libya’s December exports are up. New York sees economic lift from gas drilling.  More »
Wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

All eyes on German renewable energy efforts

This tiny village of 37 gray homes and farm buildings clustered along the main road in a wind-swept corner of rural eastern Germany seems an unlikely place for a revolution.  More »
Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

Iran may hurt self most by closing Strait of Hormuz

It would be relatively easy for Iran to make good on its threat to close the strategic waterway that carries oil tankers from the Persian Gulf — and it would probably hurt itself most by taking such action.  More »
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OSHA calls for $1 million in fines against piping supplier

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has handed down 30 citations to Piping Technology and Products Inc., the company’s third run-in with the federal agency since 2004.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Cyprus: Offshore gas find gets investor interest

A field off Cyprus where U.S. firm Noble Energy is conducting exploratory drilling holds an estimated 5-8 trillion cubic feet (140-230 billion cubic meters) of natural gas, a significant find for the small island, the country’s president announced today.  More »
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)

Calgary oil transforms Canada to energy superpower

Alberta Premier Alison Redford says oil is opening Canada’s fastest-growing province to the world for the first time.  More »
Steam rises from stacks at the ConocoPhillips refinery  in Rodeo, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds: More Gulf Coast fuel needed to supply Northeast

Plans to idle three major Pennsylvania refineries could leave the Northeast starved for gasoline and other fuels, according to a report released by the Energy Information Administration.  More »
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BP accidentally captures protesters in its latest nationwide ad

Protesters from The Alabama Oil Spill Aftermath Coalition sought news media attention when they demonstrated at this year’s National Shrimp Festival. But they landed in a BP television ad, instead.  More »
Cleanup worker Jeiner Foronda places fresh absorbent boom in the affected marshland of Terrebonne Parish, La., while cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle )

BP’s top U.S. officer is called to testify at Gulf oil-spill trial

BP Plc’s highest-ranking U.S. executive, BP America Inc. Chairman and President Lamar McKay, was subpoenaed to testify at the February trial that will determine liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »