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Houston company sued over oil discharged in Gulf

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The Justice Department on Monday sued Houston-based ATP Oil & Gas Corp. accusing the bankrupt oil producer of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Venezuela devaluation to cost Halliburton $30M

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In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, Halliburton Co., a major provider of the pressure-pumping technique known as hydraulic fracturing, said it will take a charge in the first quarter related to Venezuela devaluing its currency.
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Billionaire fracking brothers top political donors

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Two billionaire brothers who made a fortune in the fracking industry were the top donors to successful 2012 legislative candidates in Montana, according to a new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
A Prairie chicken walks out from an acclamation pen at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Industry works to avoid listing of prairie grouse

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Oil, gas and wind energy producers are working to persuade federal wildlife officials not to enact protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a move that could force them to halt or significantly alter their operations to protect the species’ dwindling grassland habitat.
Harvested corn grain is unloaded from an auger.  (AP file photo/Seth Perlman)

Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide

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The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.
Categories: General
Many of the Amish farms have shallow gas wells that have been on the property for decades, Jan. 28, 2013. Recent drilling targets deeper gas formations like the Marcellus and Utica shales. Energy companies are leasing land throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio where Amish families live. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Rush)

Will shale boom change lifestyle of the Amish?

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Late last year, representatives from one of the world’s largest energy companies came to the home of Lydia and Sam Mast. The company was planning to drill a gas well on an adjacent property and needed to test the Masts’ water.
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Blast at Russia coal mine kills 18 people

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A blast at a coal mine in northern Russia on Monday killed 18 people, officials said Monday.
Categories: Coal
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Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

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Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology’s benefits for the environment — and the wallet.
Categories: Solar
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Investigation of coal exports to Asia launched

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The U.S. Department of Interior is investigating whether mining companies are skirting royalty rules as they increase exports of coal to Asia.
Commercial oil tanker AbQaiq readies itself to receive oil at Mina-Al-Bkar Oil terminal (MABOT), an off shore Iraqi oil installation.(U.S. Navy)

Energy exports boosting US trade position

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A brighter outlook for trade also illustrates how a boom in oil and gas production is reducing crude oil imports and making the U.S. a leader in the export of fuels. And it shows that higher domestic sales of fuel-efficient cars are lowering dependence on oil.