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Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Drilling review process to speed up

The Obama administration will announce plans Tuesday to speed up the review process for oil and gas companies seeking to drill on U.S. lands. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is set to tout the change as he finishes a two-day tour of booming oil and gas exploration in North Dakota.  More »
A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

EPA moves closer to OK of 15 percent ethanol gasoline

Most ethanol fuel sold for passenger cars and pickups today is 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas.  More »
CO2 emissions

Carbon capture main technology challenge for industry

Finding cost-effective methods to store captured carbon will be one of the main technology challenges ahead for the oil and gas industry, Shell’s chief scientist said at a chemical engineering conference.  More »
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Antelope graze not far from gas drilling rigs in western Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin. (Photo: Mead Gruver, Associated Press)

EPA pushes off air rules for oil and natural gas

The Environmental Protection Agency will delay promulgating its long-awaited air standards for the oil and natural gas for two weeks, citing the need for more time to review public comments, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

GM adds week to Volt plant’s usual summer closure

General Motors Co. will suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt for an extra week this summer as it tries to control the electric car’s inventory.  More »
NRG's Parish power plant in Fort Bend County was designed to use lower-sulfur Powder River Basin coal in anticipation of more stringent air quality regulations. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

It may not be king, but coal still wields power

These would seem to be dark days for coal.  More »
Spectra's Egan Hub facility near Lake Charles, LA.

Permit sought to build La. gas export terminal

Energy Transfer Equity LP said Monday it has filed for permission from federal regulators to build its proposed natural gas export terminal at Lake Charles.  More »
Atlantic bottlenose dolphin affected by oil spill

Agency stops seismic tests; worries about dolphins

With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana’s coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from doing seismic tests known to disturb marine mammals.  More »

Chevron Phillips to build large chemical plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company announced plans today to build the world’s largest plant by capacity for a key component of plastic resin in Baytown.  More »
One of EnCana's SAGD oilsands operations located near Christina Lake.

Encana seeks partner for North American oil, liquids fields

Encana Corp., Canada’s biggest natural-gas producer, is seeking partners to help fund drilling on 1.58 million acres of oil and gas-liquids fields in the U.S. and Canada.  More »
Dow Chemical's petrochemical complex in Freeport is one of the largest in the world. (Dow Chemical)

Dow Chemical plans to lay off 900

The Dow Chemical Co. plans to lay off about 900 people in response to weak demand for its products in Europe.  More »
(Photo: Associated Press)

Democratic group targets Romney ties to oil

A Democratic outside group backing President Barack Obama’s re-election bid is trying to tie Republican Mitt Romney to the oil industry, responding to an ad assailing Obama’s energy record.  More »

KKR, Premier agree to buy shale properties from WPX Energy

KKR & Co. (KKR), which teamed up two years ago with Premier Natural Resources LLC to buy oil and gas assets in North America, agreed to acquire properties in the Barnett shale and Arkoma basin from WPX Energy Inc. for $306 million.  More »
eagle ford

Life on the Shale

A few years ago, Frankie Gonzalez was working marginal jobs and running with the wrong crowd in his small South Texas hometown of San Diego. Now he’s among the many oil field workers cashing in on the gusher known as the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

BP workers can’t sue retirement plan over spill, judge says

BP employees can’t sue managers of the company’s retirement savings plan because of losses stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a judge has ruled.  More »