Natural-gas use by power plants helps keep smog down

In terms of making electricity, coal is still king in Ohio, but it is taking a beating from a cleaner rival. And the growing popularity of this other fuel -- natural gas -- has helped make the summer air easier on your lungs.



Texas oilman, fracking pioneer Mitchell dies at 94

George P. Mitchell leveraged a penchant for hard work, an appetite for risk and dogged persistence in the face of futility into a technological breakthrough that reshaped the global energy industry and made the wildcat oilman a billionaire.



America's Shale Surge in 15 Charts

Business Insider highlights 15 facts on America's shale surge that has allowed the U.S. to make gains in the global energy market.



Keystone Contradictions

As President Obama continues his income inequality tour, the contradictions multiply. In the latest example, the President disparaged the number of jobs that would be created by the Keystone XL pipeline even as laments the lack of opportunities for the middle class.



Dallas firm uses solar to power West Texas oil rigs

The sun can be harsh in West Texas but one Dallas entrepreneur is putting those rays to work powering oil wells.



Policy briefing: National interest and security implications of Keystone XL

The Hill and the American Petroleum Institute host a policy breakfast Tuesday, July 23, on the national interest and security implications of the Keystone XL pipeline.



Pro-hydrofracking business groups blast New York's 5-year-old moratorium

Business groups and a landowners group that support hydrofracking in New York are blasting the state's refusal to overturn a moratorium that turns five years old today.



Eagle Fords May Oil Production Rose 58% From Previous Year

Oil production in Texas's Eagle Ford shale formation rose 58 percent in May from the prior year. The nine fields that make up the majority of Eagle Ford yielded 581,923 barrels of crude a day, according to preliminary data released by the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling in the state. The fields produced 368,770 barrels daily in May 2012.



City to use gas impact fee revenue to fix 25 streets

More than $1 million in natural gas impact fees will be used to pave and repair 25 of Williamsport's streets this fall and next year, enabling the city to get twice as many projects done as in years before, city officials said.



Reassuring news on fracking front

Given the controversy over oil and gas drilling in Colorado and its impact on the environment, it's worth highlighting a new federal study that looked at one of the biggest bones of contention: the potential for groundwater contamination through hydraulic fracturing. The study's preliminary verdict is decidely good news.

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