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A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Senate passes overhaul of oil tax structure

A divided state Senate late Wednesday passed an overhaul of Alaska’s oil tax structure, amid fears it will blow a hole in the state budget and give too much to oil companies with no guarantees.
(Image: Flickr/pawpaw67)

Tribe: Nevada coal plant falsified pollution data

Representatives of an Indian tribe fighting to force the closure of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas said Wednesday they uncovered evidence that from 2006 to 2011, the state’s dominant electric utility submitted “phony” reports to the state about pollution levels near the plant, and avoided any penalty when the problem was discovered.
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)

NY appeals court to consider local fracking bans

A state appeals court was to hear two cases that pit the right of towns to control land use through zoning against the drilling industry and landowners who say state law trumps local authority when it comes to oil and gas development in New York.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer accused of deleting voicemails

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company’s response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico faces new allegations that he also deleted voicemails from his phone.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Sides agree on tough Northeast fracturing standards

If the project succeeds, it could have far-reaching implications for both the industry and environmental groups.
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

NRC orders nuclear sites to upgrade vents

U.S. nuclear power plants must upgrade ventilation systems at 31 reactors with designs similar to those that melted down two years ago in Japan, under a Nuclear Regulatory Commission order that stops short of requiring filtered vents, as some safety advocates and NRC’s staff had urged.
Categories: Nuclear
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

3rd NY town wins in court over fracking ban

A third upstate New York town has won a court challenge to its ban on natural gas drilling as two previous cases are about to be argued before a state appeals court.
The sun sets on a drilling rig in Frio County, Texas.  (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Next big oil boom could come in northwestern NM

Executives from some of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies said Monday that the next big oil boom could take place in northwestern New Mexico.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Los Angeles aims to go coal-free

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is taking steps to wean its dependence on coal by the middle of next decade.
Categories: Coal, Electricity
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

Power partially restored at nuclear plant in Japan

Power has been restored to two fuel storage pools at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which was severely damaged in the 2011 tsunami. But concerns linger about the fragility of the facility, which still runs on makeshift equipment.