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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers seek to undo pipeline denial

Congressional supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline are exploring legislation that might circumvent the Obama administration’s denial of a permit for the project by letting Congress or an independent federal agency approve it.  More »
Gas prices posted at a station in Tempe, Ariz., on March 8, 2011 (AP Photo/Matt York)

Houston gas prices predicted to hit new high by Memorial Day

Gas prices have been steadily going up in Houston since the New Year, but according to Gasbuddy.com, the gasoline peak is still months away for drivers.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Judge pares down fees for attorneys in BP case

A federal judge has ruled that people pursuing their Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims against BP outside of federal court do not have to pay fees to hundreds of lawyers working on behalf of about 120,000 claimants fighting the oil giant in court.  More »
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A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

EPA seeks experts to review Wyo. pollution study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominees for a peer review panel that will be asked to take a close look at an EPA draft report that theorizes a link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater pollution in a Wyoming gas field.  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)

IEA’s Birol on Keystone pipeline, oil stockpiles

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, talks about President Barack Obama’s decision to reject a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. Birol, speaking with Bloomberg’s Lananh Nguyen in London, also discusses Iran’s threat to disrupt traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.  More »
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)

Neb. governor disappointed with Keystone decision

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman expressed concern that a federal decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline could create legal problems for the state.  More »
In Omaha, Neb., a protester raises signs opposing the Keystone XL pipeline in September 2010. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Baucus says tax cuts, oil pipeline top priorities

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said cutting taxes and securing approval for a massive oil pipeline are top congressional priorities this year and the Montana Democrat expressed optimism that deals can be reached despite the recent bitter partisan stalemates.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

Pa. town with tainted wells getting new EPA water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will deliver fresh water to four homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were tainted by a gas driller. The agency also said it will begin testing the water supplies of dozens more homes as it ramps up its investigation more than three years after homeowners say the water supply was ruined.  More »
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Chevron rig fire on 5th day off Nigeria’s coast

Chevron Corp. says it is still trying to extinguish a five-day old fire on its rig off Nigeria’s coast after presuming two foreign workers dead.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fracking market to grow 19% to $37 billion worldwide

The worldwide market for hydraulic fracturing will grow 19 percent this year to a record $37 billion, one-third the pace of expansion in 2011 after tumbling natural-gas prices discouraged exploration for the fuel, said Spears & Associates Inc.  More »
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Who says there aren’t jobs out there? Lawmakers seek to undo pipeline denial. And natural gas prices could be on the rise with exports.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 2011. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

State Department official to testify on Keystone XL permit denial

The hearing will come a week after the Obama administration denied a permit for Keystone XL, saying a congressionally imposed Feb. 21 decision deadline didn’t give enough time to study alternative routes.  More »