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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)

House passes bill linking tax cut, Keystone pipeline

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that sets up a showdown with the Obama administration over the Keystone XL oil pipeline by tying a plan to speed up the project’s approval to a tax- cut extension the president favors.  More »
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Household electric bills are on the rise. Encana fires back at EPA’s fracking report. And Cameron appeals BP Gulf spill trial plan.  More »
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., discusses offshore drilling with James Watson, the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (Photo courtesy Vitter's office)

Louisiana Republican optimistic after meeting with new drilling regulator

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has criticized the Obama administration’s handling of offshore drilling but said he was newly optimistic after meeting with the industry’s top regulator on Tuesday.  More »

Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Texas will require companies to disclose fracking fluids starting Feb. 1

The Texas Railroad Commission gave final approval Tuesday to a rule requiring oil and natural gas drillers to disclose chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.  More »
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IEA warns high oil prices threaten global economy

High oil prices threaten to worsen a global economic slowdown and crude producers should consider boosting output, the chief economist for the International Energy Agency said today.  More »
Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, speaks during a public session of the House ethics committee on Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP file photo/Susan Walsh)

Keystone XL bill puts some pro-pipeline Democrats in bind

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would tether the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline to a payroll tax cut, without the support of some congressional Democrats who back both plans.  More »
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Senate Democrats say “no anti-environmental riders”

Top Senate Democrats today flatly rejected Republicans’ attempts to attach provisions rolling back energy and environmental regulations to spending and tax bills.  More »
China has been seen as a prime export market for U.S. coal. (AP photo)

Environmental group says more coal ash pollutants

An environmental group today added 20 sites to its list of almost 140 nationally where it contends coal ash appears to have contaminated groundwater or soil at unsafe levels.  More »
A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado approves fracking disclosure rules

Colorado regulators have approved new rules requiring energy companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing but allowing them to protect trade secrets and to provide 48 hours notice before pumping chemicals underground.  More »
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Oil surges on speculation of supply disruption, U.S. stimulus

Crude advanced as much as 3.6 percent after the state-run Fars news agency reported the military maneuvers will be “soon,” citing Parvis Sorouri, a member of the parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee. The Strait of Hormuz is a bottleneck for oil exports from the Persian Gulf. The Fed is scheduled to release a statement on monitory policy later today.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Air Liquide to build nitrogen facility in North Dakota

The facility will capitalize on North Dakota’s booming oil business in the Bakken Shale.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Suit filed to block oil lease sale

Environmental groups are attempting to block the first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the western Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.  More »
Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline protest the project in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House set to vote on Keystone XL today

The House is slated to force a showdown with the White House over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline today, by voting on legislation that would speed up the project’s approval and renew a payroll tax cut the Obama administration favors.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

API blasts EPA report on hydraulic fracturing

The oil and gas industry’s biggest trade group is criticizing a government report that linked hydraulic fracturing with possible groundwater contamination in Wyoming.  More »
(Photo: Chris Keane)

Top Republican to float bill adding flexibility provision to EPA power-plant rule

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she plans to introduce a bill to give some power plants more time to comply with a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule for reducing mercury and other toxic air emissions. She says she’s concerned the rule would pose a threat to electric grid reliability, a claim the EPA has long denied.  More »