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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)

General makes national security case for Keystone XL

As House Republicans insist they will not back down from a plan to push a speedy decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, one of President Barack Obama’s former top advisers makes the case that the project is essential for U.S. national security.  More »
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Shell moves closer to Westward Ho pipeline project

The Westward Ho should allow refineries to access the growing supply of domestic and foreign crude oil coming through St. James, the company said. The new pipeline would also complement new storage and logistics infrastructure that are currently being built in the St. James and Clovelly, La. areas.  More »
This image taken Nov. 17, 2011, and released by Chevron, shows an aerial view of vessels in the cleanup of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.  (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil lawsuit against Chevron may scare investors

A business analyst says the nearly $11 billion lawsuit filed by Brazilian prosecutors against San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. because of an offshore oil leak could scare away foreign capital needed to develop Brazil’s huge offshore oil deposits.  More »

A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

Congress passes wrong version of pipeline bill

Just when it seems Republicans and Democrats are getting along, both parties had a small gaffe — a Rick Perry moment, if you may.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Arctic drillers must be able to drill relief well

Canada’s National Energy Board is maintaining its policy that any oil company drilling off Canada’s Arctic coast must be able to drill a relief well in the same season to minimize environmental risks.  More »
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Canada oil pipeline into US gets extension support

TransCanada Corp. said it has received customer support to undertake an extension of its stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline pending regulatory approval in the U.S.  More »
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to reporters after members of the National Governors Association met with US President Barack Obama at  the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Schwarzenegger says Solyndra debate ‘narrow minded’

In a rare public appearance since leaving office, former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the debate over bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra narrow-minded in a world moving ever-faster toward renewable energy.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Official: Test results encouraging from shale

Energy companies are reporting encouraging test results from the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale across the span of central Louisiana, the state’s natural resources chief says.  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)

New report predicts fewer drilling jobs in Ohio

A study led by an Ohio State University professor predicts oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio will create far fewer jobs than the industry has forecast.  More »
The blowout preventer stack, right,  and lower marine riser stack, left, from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which was examined as evidence for federal investigations, are seen at the NASA Michaud Assembly facility in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP settles with maker of failed blowout preventer

BP PLC says it will be paid $250 million by the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to halt oil spewing from BP’s busted well in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Canada tells arctic drillers that they must be able to drill same-season relief well. Exxon’s cost might be rising with fracking fears, and Kinder’s betting big on a fracking boom.  More »
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Oil rising on signs of improving US economy

Oil prices rose above $94 a barrel today in Asia amid signs the U.S. economy is slowly improving, which could boost demand for crude.  More »
This underwater image taken and released by Brazil's Environment and Natural Resources Institute, IBAMA, shows an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron oil company at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Nov. 11, 2011. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil prosecutor says seeking ‘permanent’ ban on Chevron

A Brazilian lawsuit that seeks to halt Transocean Ltd. (RIG) and Chevron Corp. (CVX) operations after an oil spill would reduce the country’s offshore drilling at a time when it wants to double output in ten years.  More »

Fog halts 92 ships at Houston, Sabine ship channels in Texas

About 92 vessels are waiting to pass through the Houston and Sabine ship channels in Texas after fog hampered visibility, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and a pilots group.  More »
A Texas power plant operates natural gas and coal-fired units. (AP Photo)

Much at stake with final EPA power-plant rule

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to finalize a proposed rule to sharply cut mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, political pressure on the Obama administration from both sides of the issue has intensified.  More »