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The solar-powered Solar Impulse airplane flies over Ouarzazate Province in June 2012. (Solar Impulse)

Solar plane completes 2nd leg of trip in Texas

A solar-powered plane has landed in Texas, completing the second leg of a trip across the United States.
Categories: Solar
Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale (Photo: Just Beneath the Surface)

W.Va. to launch new oil, gas job training center

Two West Virginia colleges are teaming up to open a new training center for people who want to work in the oil and gas industry, complete with indoor and outdoor laboratories to simulate drilling operations.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Site plan approved for ND natural gas processor

An energy company has received approval to start construction of a new natural gas processing plant in northwestern North Dakota.
Categories: Natural gas
College students and supporters hold up signs at a rally to support fossil fuel divestment outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

College fossil-fuel divestment movement builds

The campaign targets companies that own most of the world’s coal, oil and natural gas reserves.
Categories: Environment
Japan Earthquake

Japan watchdog: Nuclear plant sits on active fault

Japan’s nuclear watchdog on Wednesday endorsed a panel’s conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the reactor’s restart virtually impossible.
Categories: Nuclear
In this March 29, 2013 photo, a worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," occurs after oil and gas wells are drilled and frequently in between drilling phases. The process uses millions of gallons of water mixed with smaller amounts of fine sand and chemicals to split open oil- and gas-bearing rock often located more than a mile underground. Fracking typically occurs in conjunction with other modern drilling techniques, such as directional drilling. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Ohio injection well operator fights state action

A northeast Ohio injection well operator whose owner faces federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act is seeking permission to resume operations.
Categories: Natural gas
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil falls below $93 as China manufacturing weakens

The price of oil fell below $93 per barrel Thursday after a survey showed manufacturing activity in China falling to its lowest level in seven months, a sign that the recovery in the world’s No. 2 economy is fading.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Obama opposes GOP bill on Keystone XL oil pipeline

A House vote is expected Wednesday.
Categories: Keystone XL
Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks at the Energy Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after being sworn in as Energy Secretary. Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Moniz sworn in as energy secretary

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s new energy secretary, said he will put on hold about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas until he reviews studies on what impact the exports would have on domestic natural gas supplies and prices.
A well-preserved shipwreck is seen about 200 miles off the coast of La., at a depth around 4,000 feet, in the  Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)

Study: Most shipwrecks a minor US pollution threat

While 87 ships sunk deep off America’s coasts have the potential to leak tens of millions of gallons of oil, a new federal report concludes that “the scope of the problem is much more manageable than initially feared.”