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The San Onofre nuclear power plant along Pacific Ocean coastline in San Onofre, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Troubled Calif. nuke plant inches toward restart

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After a year of gathering dust and negative headlines, the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant shows stirrings toward a possible restart, though big barriers remain, officials said.
Categories: Nuclear
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Ohio regulator blasts renewable energy on Twitter

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The utility regulator who led last week’s vote nixing a major Ohio solar project has used his Twitter account over the past year to steadily criticize solar, wind and renewable energy and to question global warming.
Categories: Electricity
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Lawyers trade accusations in fight over gas additive

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The $700 million case against Citgo and ExxonMobil, accusing the companies of contaminating more than 40,000 wells in New Hampshire with the fuel additive MTBE, launched Monday with attorneys exchanging charges of nefarious legal moves.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Federal judge delays ex-BP engineer’s trial

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Kurt Mix’s trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. moved it to June 10.
Categories: Gulf oil spill
A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Propane gaining ground as alternative vehicle fuel

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Around here, most people stare blankly when Bret Chandler starts talking about using propane as an alternate vehicle fuel.
Categories: General
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

New hotels in Alva fill up due to oil industry

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Two new hotels nearly ready to open on the eastern side of Alva are a welcome sight to city officials who say the rural community needs housing for the oil-field industry.
Categories: Crude oil
Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono help deliver boxes of comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on its proposed natural gas drilling regulations recently in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Groups deliver comments on New York drilling

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Adding star power to the opposition were Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon.
Oil workers at the West Qurna Phase 2 field in the Basra region of Iraq in 2010.  (AP file photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

Iraq threatens to seize oil shipments, sue dealers

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Iraq has threatened to seize oil exports made without its consent and sue companies dealing in what it sees as contraband crude just days after the country’s self-rule Kurdish region began unilaterally exporting oil.
Categories: Crude oil
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Poland to have shale gas law in 2013

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Poland’s Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski says a much-awaited law that will regulate shale gas production should be adopted this year, helping to develop the potentially lucrative sector.
Categories: Natural gas, Shale
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Groups collect cases of comments on NY gas regs

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration nears completion of regulations that could lift a 4 1/2-year-old ban on shale gas drilling in New York, opposition groups have ramped up efforts to persuade the governor to say no to fracking.