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Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, England bringing a halt to work at the Cuadrilla Resources site Wednesday  Nov. 2 , 2011.  Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in northwestern England, said Wednesday that independent experts concluded that the tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations, and were unlikely to happen again. The company said local geology would limit any future seismic events to around magnitude 3 on the Richter scale. The tremor on April 1 measured 2.3 on the Richter scale.  Local campaigners have mounted a "Frack Off" campaign to oppose the drilling technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.  (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

Shell CEO says limited potential for shale gas in Europe

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) chief Peter Voser said the potential for shale gas development in Europe is limited by the region’s regulations and its dense population.  More »
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Enbridge plans dive to investigate possible Gulf pipeline leak

Enbridge Inc. (ENB) is planning a dive to investigate a possible leak on its Stingray natural-gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Workers wearing anti-OPEC shirts listen during a State Department hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Port Arthur, Texas, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. If constructed, the planned pipeline would connect oil sands developments in Canada with refineries in Port Arthur and Houston. Hundreds attended the event to show support of the jobs that the pipeline's construction would bring to the area. (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Guiseppe Barranco)

TransCanada exec says Asian markets an option

A Canadian executive overseeing a plan to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas says Canadian oil producers will look to Asian markets if the U.S. government fails to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.  More »
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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. chief to EPA: Let science be guide in Dimock

Pennsylvania’s environmental chief said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has only a “rudimentary” understanding of the contamination in Dimock, the northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were fouled by a gas driller.  More »
Actress Daryl Hannah, center, and others, take part in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington to protest the Keystone oil pipeline.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pressure builds on Obama with looming Keystone deadline

A looming deadline for a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is ratcheting up political pressure on President Barack Obama, who will anger key supporters regardless of his decision.  More »
An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (Photo: ERCOT/Tom Reel)

Texas electricity use on the rise in 2011

Blazing temperatures helped push up electricity use in Texas by 5 percent in 2011, according to a study by the state’s grid operator.  More »
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Tesoro plans to sell Hawaii refinery. Ford unveils new plug-in. U.K. scientist says fracking won’t cause earthquakes.  More »
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Enterprise extends commitment period for Pennsylvania-Texas pipeline

Enterprise Product Partners is looking for more commitments from shippers for its proposed 1,230-mile Appalachia to Texas pipeline, known as the ATEX Express.  More »
Marathon gas station sign (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Marathon Petroleum expects net loss for fourth quarter

The refining company, which split from Marathon Oil last year, said rising crude oil prices hurt its profits in the final months of 2011.  More »
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Oil rises on China’s growth in imports

Prices rose after China said oil imports grew 6 percent in December, when compared to a year earlier  More »
Kinder Morgan reported fourth-quarter profits were up, thanks to the country's surging energy production. (photo Kinder Morgan)

Natural gas production drives price down

Increased production of natural gas has driven prices to their lowest in a decade, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil production exceeds 500,000 barrels daily

North Dakota oil drillers have surpassed a milestone of half a million barrels of oil a day.  More »