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Keystone pipeline decision delayed, likely till after elections

Today at 5:28 a.m.

— The Obama administration is indefinitely delaying a decision on approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, likely putting off any action until after the November midterm elections.

  • Kansas oil production jumps; natural gas continues decline

    Oil production in Kansas took another leap in 2013, rising 7.2 percent from the year before, while natural gas production in the state continued its long slide, according to final figures compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey.

  • Kansas ranks among top states for development of wind energy

    The wind energy industry expected a lull in 2013 – and they got one – but that won’t happen again this year.

  • Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

    Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

  • SandRidge to let its oil leases expire on much of its acreage in Kansas

    A lot of land will hit the oil-lease market this year.

  • BP Manager Allegedly Learned Scale of Spill, Dumped Stock

    Federal securities investigators say that the man that BP initially put in charge of cleaning up the oil from its massive 2010 Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico used nonpublic information to safely dump $1 million of his family’s company stock before the share price nosedived.

  • Builders, Westar ask state for extension on utility deposits

    Unless state utility regulators intervene, developers stand to lose about $1.4 million in deposits for electric lines built to projects that haven’t been completed because of the slowdown in construction during the recession.

  • Kansas to see growth in wind energy

    The wind energy industry in Kansas will see strong growth this year, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

  • Siemens lands wind turbine contract for north Texas project

    Siemens Energy has landed an order for 79 2.3-megawatt turbines that will be installed at the 182-megawatt Panhandle 2 wind farm northeast of Amarillo, Texas, the company announced Wednesday.

  • American oil companies want export ban lifted

    American oil companies have not been allowed to export crude for 40 years, but the industry wants to change that, even though the U.S. still consumes far more oil than it produces.

  • Missouri project to turn hog manure into energy

    Developers of a renewable biogas project in remote north-central Missouri are hoping to turn hog manure into energy.

  • KCC approves rate freeze, rebates for Kansas Gas customers as part of Oneok breakup

    State utility regulators on Thursday approved a reorganization of natural gas giant Oneok Inc. that includes a three-year rate freeze and some small rebates to Kansas Gas Service customers.

  • Consumers could benefit from gas company split

    Kansas Gas Service customers will get a freeze in base rates until 2017 and some small rebates over the next three years, if regulators approve a plan by Oklahoma gas giant Oneok Inc. to spin off its utility operations.

  • Deal with China provides funds for Texas firm to drill at Kansas sites

    Houston-based Petro River Oil said Monday that it plans to start drilling in Harvey and Butler counties now that it has closed a deal for $6.5 million from China-based Petrol Lakes Holding Limited.

  • Conservative legislators decry wind power mandate for utilities

    Some conservative leaders in the Kansas Legislature say wind power has been a huge burden on Kansas utility ratepayers, and the state needs to stop forcing utilities to buy it.

  • Former general links ethanol, national security at Pratt Energy speech

    Former Gen. Wesley Clark, co-chairman of the national ethanol group Growth Energy, flew into town Monday to speak at the newly reopened Pratt Energy ethanol plant.

  • Kansas oil boom has produced mixed results for southern counties

    Mike Lanie cruised along SW 80th Road, a dirt road in the gently rolling farm land a few miles from the Oklahoma border, showing off the source of Harper County’s developing prosperity.

  • EPA may back off ethanol plan

    The federal government on Friday proposed backing away from its ambitious effort to keep building the nation’s ethanol industry, opting to drop the amount of ethanol petroleum companies must buy in 2014 to close to current levels.

  • El Dorado oil storage terminal sold

    Rimrock Midstream has purchased Enbridge Energy Partners’ El Dorado Storage Terminal.

  • Westar wind farm first in wave to beat tax credit deadline

    Westar Energy announced Wednesday that it has signed a contract with Apex Clean Energy to buy 200 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm Apex will build in Oklahoma south of Arkansas City.

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