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Oil falls below $98 on European concerns

Oil prices are reflecting “concerns over a eurozone debt crisis that may already be forcing a recession that could significantly inhibit oil demand,” oil trader analyst Jim Ritterbusch said.  More »
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Wind boosters: 37K jobs on line if tax credit expires

As many as 37,000 jobs tied to the U.S. wind industry could be lost if Congress doesn’t renew a renewable energy tax credit before it expires next year, according to a report issued today.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, P.A., holds a jug of his well water outside of The Forum in Binghamton, NY, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 during the final public meeting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyís hydraulic fracturing study. Sautner lives 976-feet from a Cabot Oil natural gas drill. He was not allowed to take the receptacle into the meeting. (AP Photo/Press & Sun-Bulletin, Rebecca Catlett)

Companies warned shareholders, but not landowners of risks

The Environmental Working Group said companies drilling in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast routinely described to shareholders the potential risks of natural gas drilling in their Securities and Exchange Commission filings — but didn’t give the same warnings to landowners.  More »

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El Paso says no estimate for return of Ruby gas line in Utah

El Paso Corp. has no estimate for when its Ruby interstate natural-gas pipeline will return to service after a Dec. 10 fire on a segment in northern Utah, said Richard Wheatley, a company spokesman in Houston.  More »
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Neb. gov supports efforts to speed up Keystone XL

Gov. Dave Heineman says he supports efforts to accelerate the federal approval process for a controversial crude oil pipeline through Nebraska.  More »
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Energy efficiency programs save customers cash

Natural gas-powered utilities are taking credit for shaving $62 off the electricity bills for customers enrolled in their energy efficiency programs.  More »
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Texas coal plant cuts deal with environmentalists

A coal-fired power plant set to open next year in Texas has agreed to cut mercury and smog-causing emissions and invest in clean energy projects as part of a legal settlement with environmental groups.  More »
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Rick Perry mistakenly calls Solyndra a country

Rick Perry mistakenly called Solyndra, the failed California solar-panel maker, a country during a campaign speech in Iowa, according to CNN.  More »
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See how you do on an energy news quiz

Think your are an energy whiz? See how you do on the National Geographic energy quiz.  More »

Sinopec to spend $1 billion to increase Australian LNG stake

China Petrochemical Corp., Asia’s biggest refiner, agreed to invest an estimated $1 billion to increase its stake in an Australian liquefied natural gas project led by ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy Ltd.  More »
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Natural-gas prices will move away from oil link, BP says

Natural-gas prices will move away from being linked to crude oil over the next three decades as the world becomes increasingly dependent on liquefied natural gas, BP Plc’s chief economist and vice president said.  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)

Colo. regulators to deliberate on fracking Tuesday

Colorado regulators are close to deliberating on proposed new regulations for hydraulic fracturing.  More »
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Steffy: Energy issues among the list of Congress’ unfinished business

As this session of Congress winds to a close, it will probably be remembered more for what it didn’t do than what it did. That’s especially true when it comes to energy issues.  More »
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Holiday spirits are bright with either kind of light

As holiday festivities prompt decking of halls and stringing of lights, energy-conscious merry-makers may wonder just how much electricity it takes to be so jolly.  More »
Larry Maffitt, owner of Kuzman's Bar stands inside his establishment across the street from the new Vallourec seamless pipe mill which is being built in Girard, Ohio.  The $650 million V&M Star plant, located along a desolate stretch that once was a showcase for American industry, will open by year's end and produce seamless steel pipes for drilling in shale formations.  It has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multi-state region might jump-start a revival of Rust Belt manufacturing. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Gas drilling surges in Ohio; brings jobs, worries

After a childhood spent moving around, Patti Gorcheff vowed that she’d never uproot her daughter. But she says wastewater disposal in her area from an oil and gas drilling frenzy that’s hit Ohio and other states has forced her to change her mind.  More »