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Obama calls for offshore drilling in Southeast

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday outlined a politically fraught plan for allowing oil and gas drilling offshore along parts of the Atlantic coast while imposing new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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Two from Fort Worth appointed by Gov. Abbott to university boards

Steve Hicks, a University of Texas System regent who has been a vocal opponent of regents who have criticized the system’s flagship campus in Austin, was reappointed to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. 

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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Energy announce $18B merger

Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas and Regency Energy Partners LP have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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Oil above $97 on expectations US supplies fell

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The price of oil surged above $97 a barrel Wednesday on expectations U.S. crude stockpiles fell.

Benchmark U.S. crude for January delivery was up $1.16, or 1.2 percent, to $97.20 a barrel at midafternoon Kuala Lumpur time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $2.22 to $96.04 on Tuesday after TransCanada said the southern leg of its Keystone XL pipeline should be operational early next month.

The pipeline would move oil out of Cushing, Okla., the physical delivery point for futures on U.S. benchmark oil, to Port Arthur, Texas. That should lead to greater demand for the oil, which costs less than the crudes imported into the Gulf region.

Analysts said the U.S. energy department is expected to report Wednesday a fall in crude supplies after 10 consecutive weeks of gains, which might point to stronger demand.

U.S. stockpiles data for the week ended Nov. 29 is expected to show a decline of 1.25 million barrels in crude oil stocks and an increase of 2 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.

Investors are also looking to a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna on Wednesday for an update on production levels. OPEC is expected to keep intact its daily output target of 30 million barrels a day, although the group may come under pressure to reduce production if some supply sources currently experiencing disruptions return to normal.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose 24 cents at $112.86 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline gained 2 cents to $2.744 a gallon.

— Heating oil was up 0.7 cent at $3.073 a gallon.

— Natural gas added 1.3 cents to $3.989 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

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