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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 »
GM's electric Chevy Volt  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Volt owner isn’t worried about battery concerns

Sam Shaw isn’t worried about the lithium-ion battery in his Chevrolet Volt or about concerns that a wreck could spark a devastating fire.  More »
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A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fracking political support unshaken by call for ban

Tremors in Ohio, murky drinking water in Pennsylvania and a call for a moratorium by doctors isn’t eroding political support for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration.  More »
Petrobras workers walk on platform 51 "Majuro" in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

Petrobras platform arrivals to accelerate reserve growth

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the state- controlled oil producer, will accelerate reserve growth over the next four years as it deploys more production equipment in deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the chief financial officer said.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

Pa. families asking EPA chief to send water

Families from a small northeastern Pennsylvania town are planning to confront the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over an abrupt change in plans.  More »
An oil pump works near Stanley, N.D. (AP file photo/James MacPherson)

SD judge asked to throw out oil refinery permit

Opponents of a proposed $10 billion oil refinery urged a judge Thursday to strike down a state permit that would allow the project to be built in southeastern South Dakota.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Measure takes ND oil taxes for wildlife projects

Conservation groups said they would campaign to put a North Dakota constitutional amendment on the ballot that would reserve tens of millions of dollars of state oil tax collections for water, wildlife and conservation projects.  More »
Shell used the Noble Discoverer to explore in the Chukchi Sea in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

EPA board rejects appeal of Shell Arctic permit

Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters has received a boost with the affirmation that its federal air permits for the Chukchi Sea were properly granted.  More »
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Global crude oil averaged more than $100 in 2011

Global crude oil prices averaged more than $100 per barrel in 2011, the first time an annual average has exceeded $100, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
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George Mitchell

Hydraulic fracturing pioneer Mitchell recalls early skepticism

Oilman George Mitchell was honored at the ninth annual conference of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.  More »