SEC requiring coal firms to report safety problems

A lawyer suing the former Massey Energy Co. says investors might have made better decisions about putting money into the coal company had it been required to report safety violations to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before last year’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster that killed 29 miners.  More »

Fuel pipeline explodes in Colombia, killing 11

A fuel pipeline exploded in Colombia on Friday, killing at least 11 people, injuring more than 70 others, and destroying homes.  More »

Shell offshore Nigeria spill came amid tanker-loading

A faulty pipe from an offshore oil field run by Royal Dutch Shell PLC near Nigeria’s coast spewed crude oil into the ocean for as much as 25 hours as workers loaded a waiting tanker, the company acknowledged today.  More »

Russian oil rig sinking casts doubt on Arctic plan

The sinking of a floating oil rig that left more than 50 crew dead or missing is intensifying fears that Russian companies searching for oil in remote areas are unprepared for emergencies — and could cause a disastrous spill in the pristine waters of the Arctic.  More »

Chesapeake relocates prairie dog family from drill site

A small colony of the critters was living in a vacant field on a proposed natural gas drilling site near the city golf course and an area targeted for economic development known as Old Town.  More »

Secret Ms. Santa pays electric bills in Alaska

Michael Lundy was bracing for a bleak Christmas in Juneau after he lost his wallet and $550 that was to have gone toward rent and his utility bill, he said.  More »

NRC approves new nuclear reactor design

Federal regulators have approved a nuclear reactor designed by Westinghouse Electric Co. that could power the first nuclear plants built from scratch in this country in more than three decades.  More »

Houston company seeks drilling permits in Colo. Springs

The Gazette reports that Ultra Resources Inc. already plans to conduct exploratory drilling for gas and oil on three to four sites in unincorporated areas of El Paso County early next year.  More »

BP recovers refinery tank from Puget Sound

Workers have recovered a 475-ton steel tank that fell into the northern Puget Sound two weeks ago on the way to a BP refinery near Ferndale, Wash.  More »

BP: Rig partner liable for own punitive damages

BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Shell oil spill off Nigeria likely worst in decade

An oil spill near the coast of Nigeria is likely the worst to hit those waters in a decade, a government official said today, as slicks from the Royal Dutch Shell PLC spill approached the southern shoreline.  More »

Chevron calls for investigation of Ecuador ruling

Chevron Corp. urged Ecuador’s authorities to investigate the conduct of plaintiffs’ lawyers and a judge who handed down an $18 billion decision in an oil pollution case.  More »

Oil rising amid signs US crude demand improving

Oil prices rose above $99 a barrel today in Asia as signs of improving U.S. crude demand were offset by ongoing concerns about Europe’s debt crisis.  More »

DOJ approves Exelon deal, with conditions

The Justice Department has cleared the way for Exelon Corp.’s $7.9 billion purchase of Constellation Energy Group, Inc. to go forward, but said the companies must agree to sell three Maryland power plants first.  More »

Texas rejects Valero tax break bid

The Texas environmental agency has rejected a request by oil giant Valero for a large tax break and potential $92 million refund at six refineries that installed equipment designed to remove sulfur dioxide from crude oil.  More »