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Enterprise Products Mont Belvieu complex (Dave Rossman/For the Houston Chronicle)

New gas liquids pipeline to link Colorado, Panhandle

The planned Front Range Pipeline will run from Colorado to Skellytown in the Texas Panhandle, connecting with a network that goes to processing facilities on the Gulf Coast.  More »
The Keystone XL pipeline was planned to be built near the sandhills in north central Nebraska, shown here. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska lawmakers approve Keystone XL bill

Nebraska lawmakers approved a $2 million plan to study a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline, which was fiercely opposed in the state because a previously proposed route took it near a major aquifer.  More »
Exxon Mobil's refinery along the Ship Channel in Baytown (Houston Chronicle file photo)

Iraq suggest Exxon deals with Kurds could stand

Iraq’s top energy official says the country may be open to letting Exxon Mobil keep some of its disputed oil deals in the self-ruled Kurdish region if they and similar contracts meet Baghdad’s approval.  More »
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Report: Wind industry brought 6,816 MW online in 2011

Texas is still a national leader in wind energy, but Kansas is building more wind projects this year and Iowa claimed more jobs tied to the sector in 2011 than the Lone Star State, according to a new assessment by an industry trade group.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices slip as analysts say peak nears

Gasoline prices slipped across the nation as analysts say the rising price of gasoline could be near the end.  More »
Shell's Gulf of Mexico Mars platform, seen here being repaired after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Shell.

Shell reports no signs of leaks as Gulf sheen breaks up

The U.S. Coast Guard is checking reports of a 10-mile sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil Co.  More »
Workboats operate near the Transocean Development Driller II at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Dave Martin)

Transocean challenges jurisdiction in spill probe

A lawyer for Transocean tried to cut off the last of several investigations into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster Wednesday, arguing in Houston federal court that one agency did not have jurisdiction to dig into the company’s operations.  More »
Construction has begun on a new office tower along the energy corridor, developed by Trammell Crow Co. and designed by Kirksey Architects. (TCC)

20-story tower planned for Energy Corridor

A high-end office development is being planned in the Energy Corridor, potentially adding 1.5 million square feet of space to this part of west Houston, where oil and gas companies dominate the corporate landscape.  More »
Environmental clean water protester John Nicholson holds a sign and wears a respirator as he participates in a protest outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's chambers following a rally in the state capitol against gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the price of natural gas has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, a remarkable decline for a commodity that not long ago was believed to be in short supply. Natural gas production has boomed across the country as energy companies employ a new drilling technique to tap previously untouched reserves. The process has raised concerns about water safety, and has been temporarily banned in New York and New Jersey. But where it has been allowed, it has led to increases in drilling, job growth and production. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

Docs say drilling law hurts health

Public health advocates and doctors on the front lines of Pennsylvania’s natural gas-drilling boom are attacking the state’s new Marcellus Shale law, likening one of its provisions to a gag order and complaining that vital research money into health effects was stripped at the last minute.  More »
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu answers questions during a news conference in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Regulation needed for gas fracking technology, Chu says

Government must have a role in overseeing new technologies for developing oil and natural gas to prevent damage to natural resources, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.  More »
Dennis Hoffman of Landmark Aviation pulls a fuel nozzle while fueling a Delta flight from Minneapolis at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, March 16, 2012. Commercial airfares are expected to remain high this year because of fuel prices. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page)

Delta said to seek fuel savings with ConocoPhillips refinery

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), whose daily 2011 fuel bill was $32 million, may buy a ConocoPhillips (COP) refinery to help save 10 percent on a significant portion of its fuel needs, a person familiar with the matter said.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Brazil judge denies ban of Chevron, Transocean operations

A Brazilian federal judge denied a request from a prosecutor seeking to ban Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd (RIG). from operating in the country after two oil spills.  More »