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Rising gas prices spur politicians to make bold claims

Soaring gasoline prices tempt politicians in a way that many can’t resist.  More »
Demonstrators for the Keystone XL pipeline, right, and a demonstrator against the pipeline meet outside Pershing Auditorium near the state Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. before a hearing on the pipeline. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Keystone XL pipeline may raise U.S. gas prices

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project backers including Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum say will create cheaper U.S. gasoline, instead risks raising prices as much as 20 cents a gallon in the Midwest, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.  More »
A sign warning off trespassers sits the shore off Shamrock Island, near Aransas Pass, Texas. Shell Oil is paying $500,000 for the first phase of a $2.3 million project to restore the island, a nesting habitat for more than 20,000 birds. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Shell, environmental group team up to save island

An eroding Texas island where more than 20,000 birds nest in scraggly trees and on a narrow patch of sand will be built back up thanks to a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Texas and Shell Oil.  More »
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Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
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Brazil judge denies injunction against Chevron

A Brazilian judge has turned down a request by federal prosecutors to halt all activities in Brazil of San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., according to court records posted online Wednesday.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: I pressed Obama on Keystone XL

Republican leaders of the House and Senate said they had a “positive” lunch with President Obama over a wide range of policies on Wednesday, including energy. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he also used the opportunity to press the president on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
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Nigeria president visits village near rig fire

Nigeria’s president attempted to calm anger in villages Monday near a Chevron Corp. offshore natural gas rig that has been engulfed in a raging fire for weeks, though no official could say when the inferno will be extinguished.  More »
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Kinder Morgan’s El Paso deal may proceed, judge rules

El Paso shareholders are scheduled to vote on the offer March 6.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Shell seeks to prevent late challenge to Chukchi spill plan

Shell Oil Co. has requested a legal review of its own oil-spill response plan for drilling in the Chukchi Sea, an unconventional move the company said is aimed at preventing a last-minute challenge from environmental groups that could once again delay its ambitions.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP photo)

Murkowski: Obama partially right on gas-price solutions

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski today said she agreed with President Obama that no short-term fixes exist for rising gasoline prices. But she suggested Obama’s rhetoric for more oil-and-gas production as part of an “all-of-the-above” strategy hasn’t matched his actions.  More »
Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery is on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The company plans to pull out of the refining business altogether, which could help put the Northeast region in a precarious position. Photo: MIKE MERGEN / HC

EPA says no climate rules for refineries in 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency probably won’t finalize rules setting the first-ever U.S. standards on greenhouse-gas emissions for oil refineries until early 2013, an agency spokeswoman said.  More »
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BP settlement talks hit a roadblock

Settlement talks have collapsed between BP and lawyers representing business owners and individuals affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, sources familiar with the negotiations told the Chronicle.  More »
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Fracking rules to include safety certification, Salazar says

The Obama administration will require energy companies to certify that they are not endangering local water supplies when using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas and oil, the Interior Department said.  More »
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Texas court rules on groundwater property rights

As drought conditions in much of Texas continue, a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling has further defined the rights and limitations private property protections for groundwater in a landmark decision.  More »
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No relief in sight at Houston gas pumps

If you’re planning a driving trip soon, it’s going to cost you more – perhaps a lot more – than it did last year.  More »
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Gov: Senate bill doesn’t address oil decline

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said the Senate’s work-in-progress proposal to cut oil taxes offers “no hope” for more investment and does nothing to stop the decline in oil production.  More »