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Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

FTS sees railcar shortage for frack sand over next 12 months

FTS International Inc., a hydraulic fracturing company partly owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), sees a shortage continuing through the year for railcars needed to haul fracking sand to wells.  More »
Newbery Crater project drilling manager Fred Wilson stands near a drilling rig at the Newberry Crater geothermal project as he describes the work near LaPine, Ore.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Project to pour water into volcano to make power

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.  More »
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Exporting natural gas could be a good thing. If you want to cut your electricity use, you should think about buying a new TV. Chesapeake analysts are wary of high debt and falling prices of natural gas.  More »
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The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Exporting natural gas could boost jobs, profits — and your bills

Debate is brewing over whether to keep the nation’s glut of natural gas at home for cheap energy or export it at five times the price, possibly creating jobs and boosting the domestic economy.  More »
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Justice Department opposes spill lawyer fees

The fees a judge awarded lawyers fighting BP discourage people from settling oil spill claims out of court, the Justice Department says.  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Shale gas drilling regulation better left to the state, scientist says

Regulation of shale gas drilling should be done on a state rather than a federal level, an energy expert said at a scientific conference on Friday.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

EPA seeking peer reviewers for Pavillion fracturing study

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking experts to peer review its already-controversial draft study that suggests a likely link between hydraulic fracturing of wells in Pavillion, Wyo., and groundwater contamination.  More »
Demonstrators for and against the Keystone XL pipeline gather in Lincoln, Neb., before a public hearing on the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Keystone XL foes say supporters putting out misinformation

The Natural Resources Defense Council criticized what it has called misinformation by the controversial project’s supporters as a deadline for the Obama administration’s permitting decision looms.  More »
Carl Icahn (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

CVR gets stock boost from Icahn tie

CVR Energy Inc., the refining company formerly owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., rose the most in five months after announcing that entities associated with billionaire Carl Icahn invested in the company.  More »
Albert Chao, CEO of Westlake Chemical Corp., says his company endured the recession by taking a focused and conservative approach to its business. Photo: Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran / HC

Westlake Chemical wants to buy Georgia Gulf

Houston’s Westlake Chemical made public its offer to acquire Georgia Gulf, based in Atlanta, for $1.1 billion.  More »
Pioneering oilman and developer George Mitchell won an award Thursday at the annual conference of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He was honored for contributing to a boom in natural gas production. (Photo: Gary Fountain)

Shell leader expects Arctic offshore drilling this year

Shell Oil Co. expects to clear remaining regulatory hurdles and begin drilling later this year in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, company President Marvin Odum said at a scientific conference on Thursday.  More »
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)

Energy industry has lowest unemployment rates, highest salary hikes

Americans searching for jobs last year had a rough time in 2011. Those looking energy fared better.  More »