Fuel Fix

An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

New Jersey senate committee again passes gas-fracking ban

The New Jersey Senate for a second time moved a bill out of committee that would prohibit fracking for natural gas in the most densely populated U.S. state.  More »
Steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Ga. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to vote Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 on Southern Company's application to begin full construction of the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

NRC approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades

The nation’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation won approval Thursday as federal regulators voted to grant a license for two new reactors in Georgia.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Pa. fines Chesapeake Energy $565K for violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a gas driller more than $500,000 for three separate violations.  More »
Oil Pipeline

Audit mostly clears State Dept. in Keystone XL review

The State Department’s internal watchdog has cleared the agency most wrongdoing in its review of the application for the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.  More »
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Romney mixes up Solyndra and Keystone XL during speech

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had a bit of a slip-up on Wednesday when he confused Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker, with the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.  More »
Ted Glick, policy director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, speaks against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Washington, D.C. in October. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Another day, another Keystone XL bill

A group of House lawmakers led by Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday, whose lead sponsor is Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and would bypass any Obama administration role in the Keystone XL pipeline by approving the project with congressional powers.  More »
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Another hot summer could prompt power outages

The private companies that generate electricity in Texas are not building enough new capacity to meet the state’s needs.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Santorum touts fracking during Okla. campaign stop

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is concentrating on local energy issues as he works his way through natural-gas rich Oklahoma.  More »

More players join shale party

Pipelines and foreign corporations spurred a surge in the value of mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry in 2011, marking a new phase in the burgeoning U.S. shale boom, according to a report released Wednesday.  More »
(AP file photo/Al Behrman)

Gasoline prices continue their march to $4

Gasoline prices continued to their steadily rise to $4 across the United States as an analyst warned that prices could spike 60 cents through the spring and reach $4 by Memorial Day.  More »
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Democrats: New EPA rule could create more jobs than Keystone XL

Democrats argued Wednesday that more jobs could be created as a result of a new Environmental Protection Agency rule than those created by the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
(AP Photo/Seth Casteel)

Opinion: Fracking’s toll on pets, livestock chills farmers

Smelling gas one morning, a southern Pennsylvania farmer almost passed out when he went outside to check on his bellowing cows.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP said to seek settlement of spill claims

BP Plc (BP/) is negotiating with U.S. officials to settle pollution claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that may leave the company liable for as much as $17.6 billion in fines, a person familiar with the talks said.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Erratic U.S. oversight of gas fracking cited by Democrats

Oversight of drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on federal land is “erratic and inconsistent” and in a decade led to about $300,000 in fines, according to report released by U.S. House Democrats.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Ohio AG seeks tougher drilling laws

Ohio’s top law enforcer is advocating increased environmental sanctions on polluters in the oil and gas industry and required disclosures of the chemicals used in the drilling technique called fracking that would be among the toughest in the nation.  More »