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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)

High methane in Pennsylvania water deemed safe by EPA

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency of water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, found elevated levels of methane consistent with leakage from gas drilling nearby, according to scientists who reviewed the data.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Towns sue Pa. over Marcellus Shale law

A group including seven municipalities Thursday sued the state of Pennsylvania over its new law regulating the rapid growth of natural gas exploration, saying among other things that it unconstitutionally takes away the power to control property from towns and landowners for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

NY landowners plan to frack using liquid propane

An upstate New York landowners group may partner with a Canadian company that uses liquid propane instead of controversial water-based hydraulic fracturing to get natural gas flowing into wells.  More »
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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 )

Congress punts on setting aside BP fines for Gulf

Congress has passed a stopgap three-month transportation bill that does not include a provision to send 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Gulf states.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil rises above $103 after hitting 6-week low

Oil prices dwelled near six-week lows Friday in Asia amid signs Western powers plan to release strategic crude reserves soon.  More »
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at a public natural gas fueling station. (Photo: Honda)

Opinion: Industry study affirms natural gas vehicle ‘dream’

Given gasoline prices are getting close to record highs while natural gas prices plunder to further new 10-year lows, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are not surprisingly receiving a lot of attention in the media at the moment.  More »
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell wins court order against Greenpeace

Shell on Wednesday won a court order barring environmental activists from boarding or blocking the ships it will use to launch exploratory drilling in Arctic waters this summer.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Natural gas price drops to a 10-year low

Natural gas prices tumbled Thursday after a surprising jump in U.S. supplies.  More »
Of the six states where the mining sector – including businesses that extract oil and natural gas – comprised more than 10 percent of the state’s economy in 2013, five saw both better than average overall economic growth as well as growth within the mining sector, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (AP file photo/Reed Saxon)

Poll: Americans still prioritize economy over environment

A plurality of Americans continue to say they prioritize economic growth over protecting the environment, though the gap has closed in the past year, a new poll found.  More »
FMC Technologies' subsea equipment has helped fuel the company's growth. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

FMC Technologies signs $1.5 billion contract with Brazil’s Petrobras

Houston-based FMC Technologies has signed a $1.5 billion four-year agreement with Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras, to supply subsea equipment.  More »
Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

IEA ‘concerned’ by increasingly tight world oil market

The International Energy Agency “is concerned” by a strained world oil market that have sent crude oil prices higher and caused gas prices to surge, according to a statement released today.  More »
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Senate fails to advance repeal of major oil firms’ incentives

The Senate on Thursday failed to advance a measure that would repeal tax incentives for the nation’s biggest companies and use the money to pay for extending clean-energy tax credits.  More »
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama urges Senate to approve repeal of oil tax incentives

President Obama made a firm call Thursday for the Senate to approve a measure repealing some of the oil and gas industry’s tax incentives, just ahead of a high-profile vote in the upper chamber.  More »
Photo: Courtesy SolFocus

SolFocus to help Mexico build 1st big solar plant

With its relentless sunshine and open desert spaces, Mexico seems made for solar power.  More »
Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Gasoline inches closer to $4 mark in Houston

Gasoline prices continued their slow rise to the $4-mark in Houston today.  More »