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China has been seen as a prime export market for U.S. coal. (AP photo)

Environmental group says more coal ash pollutants

An environmental group today added 20 sites to its list of almost 140 nationally where it contends coal ash appears to have contaminated groundwater or soil at unsafe levels.  More »
A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado approves fracking disclosure rules

Colorado regulators have approved new rules requiring energy companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing but allowing them to protect trade secrets and to provide 48 hours notice before pumping chemicals underground.  More »
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Oil surges on speculation of supply disruption, U.S. stimulus

Crude advanced as much as 3.6 percent after the state-run Fars news agency reported the military maneuvers will be “soon,” citing Parvis Sorouri, a member of the parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee. The Strait of Hormuz is a bottleneck for oil exports from the Persian Gulf. The Fed is scheduled to release a statement on monitory policy later today.  More »

A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Air Liquide to build nitrogen facility in North Dakota

The facility will capitalize on North Dakota’s booming oil business in the Bakken Shale.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Suit filed to block oil lease sale

Environmental groups are attempting to block the first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the western Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.  More »
Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline protest the project in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House set to vote on Keystone XL today

The House is slated to force a showdown with the White House over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline today, by voting on legislation that would speed up the project’s approval and renew a payroll tax cut the Obama administration favors.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

API blasts EPA report on hydraulic fracturing

The oil and gas industry’s biggest trade group is criticizing a government report that linked hydraulic fracturing with possible groundwater contamination in Wyoming.  More »
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Top Republican to float bill adding flexibility provision to EPA power-plant rule

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she plans to introduce a bill to give some power plants more time to comply with a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule for reducing mercury and other toxic air emissions. She says she’s concerned the rule would pose a threat to electric grid reliability, a claim the EPA has long denied.  More »
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Honey, I shrunk the Hummer

The Hummer is back, but it won’t remind you much of the gas guzzling monster SUV. It’s more like the “Honey, I shrunk the kids” version.  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Schlumberger, Halliburton maybe eyeing Heckmann Corp.

The need to reduce the environmental risk from shale-oil drilling is boosting the allure of Heckmann Corp. (HEK) and Poseidon Concepts Corp. as takeover targets.  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)

Investors press natural-gas drillers to cut risks from fracking

Natural-gas producers must do more to reduce environmental harm from hydraulic fracturing and disclose U.S. drilling risks, according to groups representing investors with more than $130 billion in assets.  More »
An oil clean-up vessels processes leaked oil on the sea surface around the C platform of the Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, China on July 11, 2011. (Photo: Associated Press)

Chinese fishermen file suit against ConocoPhillips

A group of more than 100 Chinese fishermen filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from ConocoPhillips China, blaming oil spills from some of its offshore wells for damage to their sea cucumber catches.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale (Photo: Just Beneath the Surface)

Criticized by some, Marcellus bill clears panels

The Senate Judiciary and Finance committees endorsed new rules Monday for West Virginia’s share of the Marcellus shale field, amid criticism of the proposal’s attempt to regulate drilling in the vast natural gas reserve.  More »
Bobby Petty, with the "Veterans for Keystone XL," speaks in support of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would connect Canadian tar sands to Port Arthur refineries. (Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

GOP embraces showdown over oil pipeline, tax cuts

Sensing a political opening, congressional Republicans are moving toward a high-stakes showdown with President Barack Obama over a plan to link fast-tracked approval of an oil pipeline to a measure renewing a payroll tax cut.  More »
United Arab Emirates  energy minister Mohamed bin Dhaen Al Hamli is surrounded by journalists as he arrives a hotel for a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

OPEC likely to keep output at present levels

Ministers from the OPEC oil cartel are expected to agree to a common position when they meet Wednesday, in sharp contrast to their last meeting in June which broke up in acrimony.  More »