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Americans back range of energy policies, with partisan splits

A majority of Americans support a range of energy and environmental policies from more oil drilling to federal funding for renewables to regulations that curb pollution, albeit with significant partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll.  More »
The Cushing, Okla. pipeline hub.

Oneok plans oil pipeline to Cushing from Bakken

Construction of the 1,300-mile Bakken Crude Express pipeline will start as soon as 2013 and the system may be operating in early 2015.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Environmentalists attack API on drilling pollution

More than a dozen environmental groups lobbied the White House today to impose robust new rules limiting air pollution from hydraulically fractured wells and reject what they said was an oil and gas industry “misinformation” campaign against the proposed mandates.  More »
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Petrobras workers walk on platform 51 "Majuro" in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

U.S., Brazil zero in on drilling, biofuels in bilateral meeting

President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged Monday to further boost cooperation between their nations on energy matters ranging from oil and gas development to renewable power.  More »
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Salazar: Interior secretary is ‘best job’ in Cabinet

Ken Salazar stressed how much he loves his role heading the Interior Department, apparently signaling his interest in sticking around should President Barack Obama win reelection in November.  More »
Natural gas is flared near a crude oil well site in North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Gas flaring permits surge in Texas

The number of permits issued to burn off natural gas quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, according to data from the Texas Railroad Commission.  More »
A photo of a proposed wilderness area in Southern Utah. Anadarko Petroleum Company's plan to drill new natural gas wells in an area of the Uintah basin has been praised by some environmentalists for its incorporation of feedback from concerned parties. (Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance)

Anadarko drilling plan praised by environmentalists

A plan for Anadarko Petroleum Company to drill on public land and part of a proposed wilderness area in Utah was praised by environmentalists for its concessions and interest in protecting the area.  More »
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W.Va. gas firm dismissed from drilling lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a defendant from a lawsuit that a Marion County man filed against two companies he believes plan to use his property to drain natural gas from his neighbors’ reserves.  More »
The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Total’s North Sea leak draws comparisons with BP

Oil giant Total has moved to reassure investors and environmental activists over the past week that the financial and environmental damage from its gas leak in the North Sea would be limited, a task made more difficult by comparisons to BP’s handling of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Spring: A time for flowers, high gasoline prices

Ahh, spring. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and gasoline gets more expensive.  More »
Iran Nuclear plant

Iran agrees to restart nuclear talks with U.S., allies

The U.S. and its European allies will press Iran for tangible action to curb its nuclear program when talks restart later this week after a 15-month hiatus.  More »
Talisman Energy Inc. explores for shale gas in the middle of muddy fields in Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Shale gas exploration raises hope, fear in Poland

A slender shale gas rig rising from the midst of plowed fields and farm houses in Poland has inspired both hope for a local community’s prosperity and fears it will ruin bucolic village life.  More »