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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)

Health impact studies taking hold, with challenges

While New York regulators have spent four years mulling the environmental impacts of shale gas development, the potential human health impacts have been given short shrift, according to health advocates.  More »
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Ohio geologists map estimate of Utica shale yields

Ohio geologists’ latest effort to map the best areas for Utica shale oil and gas production shows potential for an oil reservoir in central Ohio but now excludes areas near Cleveland and in southeast Ohio.  More »
Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad. (AP photo: Nabil al-Jourani)

Iraq march crude exports rise to highest since 1980

Iraq’s crude oil exports in March rose to the highest level since 1980, a year after former President Saddam Hussein came to power, an Oil Ministry spokesman said.  More »
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Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Fracking chemicals disclosures set off few alarms

Energy companies have disclosed some of the chemicals pumped into the ground to extract oil and gas at more than 1,700 locations across Texas in the first two months since the state began requiring the site-specific information.  More »
A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. A pair of bombs struck two oil pipelines on Friday in southern Iraq, causing a temporary cut in production at the country's largest oil field, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq’s Kurds halt oil exports over payment row

Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdish region has halted oil exports over a payment row with the central government in Baghdad, causing further deterioration in relations between the two administrations.  More »
Traders of crude oil and natural gas react during early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP file photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Oil near $103 amid signs China economy robust

Oil prices hovered near $103 a barrel Monday in Asia amid signs China’s economic growth remains strong.  More »
Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, before testifying on Capitol Hill in 2010. Also shown are Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  (Photo: Interior Department)

Offshore drilling regulator launches new gig

The former federal prosecutor who investigated allegations of mismanagement at the Houston crime lab and spearheaded an overhaul of government agencies that oversee offshore drilling now is putting up his shingle in Washington.  More »
Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Shell’s message: conserve and produce

Improving energy conservation and developing additional supplies are the key to relieving high crude prices that are driving up the cost of gasoline, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Friday.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

EPA pulls order forcing driller to provide water

The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling, and Range Resources have long insisted drilling did not cause the water contamination.  More »
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Feds, five states to push for Great Lakes wind farms

The Obama administration and five states announced an agreement Friday to speed up consideration of plans for offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Government auditors warn of Arctic drilling risks

Icy conditions, dark days and a lack of infrastructure could hinder efforts to clean up an oil spill in remote Arctic waters near Alaska, government auditors said in a new report Friday. The assessment by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, shed light on what the agency said were unique “environmental challenges” surrounding Shell Oil Co.’s planned drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas this summer.  More »
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Progress made on Alaska pipeline project

The Alaska governor confirmed the settlement with BP, Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips and other companies Friday.  More »