News bites: Firms weigh suing DOE over natural-gas exports

Companies frustrated with the pace of Energy Department reviews of applications for natural gas exports might sue the agency to initiate action, Reuters reports.

Energy firms are increasingly exploring faraway lands such as the Arctic, Africa, Australia and the Middle East as United States production booms, the Houston Chronicle reports.

An InsideClimate News report finds lack of federal regulations and scientific study make it difficult to know what kind of health damage oil spills might cause.

TransCanada Corp. has contended the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline would be the safest in the world — but it's opting not to use high-tech oil spill sensors, Bloomberg notes.

Offshore oil firms are using remote controls to manage their operations from land, according to Reuters. Energy firms say the tactic boosts efficiency and cuts costs, but unions say it weakens safety.