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Dueling NY studies over natural gas climate impact

Two groups of scientists at Cornell University are dueling over whether natural gas from shale is better or worse than coal when it comes to global climate change.  More »
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BP could pay U.S. $25 billion for Gulf spill. Kinder Morgan earnings are up. GOP wants Hillary Clinton to testify about Keystone.  More »
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Kinder Morgan, El Paso may sell $900 million line under pressure

Kinder Morgan (KMI) Inc. may reap more than $900 million if it has to sell natural-gas pipelines in the Rocky Mountains to secure federal approval of its $21 billion acquisition of El Paso Corp. (EP), scheduled to close in the second quarter.  More »
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Canada disappointed over pipeline rejection

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper says he told Barack Obama he was profoundly disappointed after the U.S. president called to tell him the administration rejected a plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.  More »
Jack  Gerard, CEO American Petroleum Institute during an editorial board interview on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Houston. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

API rips Obama administration’s decision to reject Keystone XL

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to formally reject the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a “clear lack of leadership.”  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Politicians, groups react harshly to Keystone news

Politicians and energy and environmental groups reacted quickly to the news that the Obama administration may formally reject the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
Bobby Petty, with the "Veterans for Keystone XL," speaks in support of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would connect Canadian tar sands to Port Arthur refineries. (Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

Obama to reject Keystone pipeline as political dance continues

Ah, election-year politics, where the issues matter far less than the theater. Enter the Keystone XL pipeline a conduit from Canada’s oil sands straight into an American political minefield.  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)

Supporters, opponents debate Keystone XL news

[View the story "Is Keystone XL decision a good one or a bad one?" on Storify]  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko’s campus to grow

It’s a big week for Anadarko Petroleum.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

Obama administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline

The Obama administration on Wednesday refused to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a congressionally imposed deadline left too little time to evaluate routes that would avoid an aquifer in Nebraska.  More »
OLD DO NOT USE  Jim Mulva, CEO of ConocoPhillips, talks with reporters in Houston. (Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle)

Mulva calls for greater access to federal land for drillers

ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva calls for an overhaul of government policies toward domestic oil and gas production, including greater access to federal land to drilling, in a speech at Rice University’s Baker Institute.  More »
BP CEO Bob Dudley (AP file photo/Alastair Grant)

BP sees growth of renewables, continuing role for fossil fuels

Consumption of renewable-energy sources will grow more quickly by 2030 than it will for any other energy source, while oil will grow slowly enough to lose market share, according to a new report by BP.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

OPEC crude output rose to most in more than 3 years, IEA says

OPEC’s December crude production rose to the highest level in more than three years and is set to climb further this month, the International Energy Agency said.  More »
The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co.'s expanded pipeline will carry oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: LyondellBasell)

Houston ranks among the top 15 cities by GDP

The Brooking Institution ranked the top 15 cities based on their gross domestic product in 2011, and with its strong energy and medical fields, it’s no surprise that Houston made the list.  More »
Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

North Dakota drillers need more fracking crews, state says

Energy companies exploring North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation for oil need more field crews amid a labor shortage that left hundreds of wells awaiting hydraulic fracturing, a state official said.  More »