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Obama, GOP face off on gas prices in weekly addresses

President Obama and the GOP chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee squared off over gasoline prices in dueling weekly addresses that rehashed the recent back-and-forth over rising costs at the pump.  More »
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The interplay between oil, gas drilling and conservation

A White House conference Friday on the Obama administration’s conservation efforts underscored the touchy ecological and environmental issues associated with oil and gas development, both onshore and offshore. One of them is the potential listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

BP, plaintiffs reach spill $7.8 billion settlement

A federal judge says BP and a committee representing plaintiffs suing over the 2010 Gulf oil spill reached an $8 billion agreement Friday night.  More »
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Court denies eminent domain rehearing

The Texas Supreme Court’s refused to rehear a pipeline case, giving landowners the ability to challenge a pipeline company’s right to eminent domain, but creating uncertainty in the state’s booming oil and gas industry.  More »

Eagle Ford Shale boom bigger than predicted

The Eagle Ford Shale is booming bigger than experts had predicted even last year, producing almost three times the barrels of oil and number of new wells expected.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

GM to suspend production of Chevrolet Volt

The Volt was rolled out with great fanfare in late 2010 but has since hit bumps in the road.  More »
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Pump prices rise but crude declines

The national average for gasoline hit $3.741 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.  More »
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Petrobras starts production in the Gulf of Mexico

The Brazilian oil company Petrobras has begun oil and gas production at its Cascade 4 well — the first production in the Gulf of Mexico using a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel more commonly deployed in more remote areas.  More »

Steffy: BP fights to keep its past from creeping into court

With the trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster looming, BP’s attorneys are moving strike any mention of the company’s long history of operating failures from court records.  More »
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Eagle Ford boom putting pressure on labor, housing

Here’s what it’s like to be at the center of a modern-day oil boom.  More »
Tasha Metz, a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M Galveston, places a Ridley Sea Turtle into it's crate, on Bolivar Penninsula, which was this season's first live Ridley Sea Turtle's found after laying her nest of eggs. (Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

Advocates worry seismic blasts will harm endangered turtles

After facing the dangers posed by shrimp nets, the BP oil spill and snaps of freezing weather, the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle could be facing a new menace, turtle advocates say.  More »
Frank Campo, owner of Campo Marina, pauses as he discusses the threats to the region and his livelihood from the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig at his Marina in Shell Beach, La., on May 1, 2010.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Steffy: Uncharted legal territory for BP ahead

A possible deal between BP and business owners and individuals harmed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster would call for BP to close the fund it’s been using to pay claims for the past two years and apply the balance to settle a mammoth legal case awaiting trial in New Orleans.  More »