Energy company contributes $250K to Democrats

A company looking to buy a Baltimore-based energy group that would make it the nation’s largest competitive power supplier contributed $250,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, according to its IRS report.  More »

Pittsburgh council OKs drilling ban referendum

The Pittsburgh City Council has approved legislation to let voters in November consider making a ban on natural gas drilling part of the western Pennsylvania city’s home-rule charter.  More »

Total, others to face French oil-for-food trial

A French judicial official says oil giant Total, its chief executive and 17 other people will stand trial in a case of alleged corruption linked to the scandal-ridden United Nations oil-for-food program for Iraq.  More »

Oregon county becomes solar energy hot spot

Prineville and Crook County are fast becoming solar energy hot spots, with projects ranging from a government initiative involving 20 to 30 buildings to the Facebook data center that draw on a growing network of solar designers, installers and manufacturers based in Central Oregon.  More »

NASA going green with new solar-powered Jupiter probe

NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter can’t get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft.  More »

Archer Ltd. to buy Great White Energy

Oil services company Archer Limited said today it would buy Great White Energy Services in a deal valued at $742 million.  More »

EPA gives initial OK for Exxon’s Mont. spill plan

Exxon Mobil has received preliminary approval for its plan to clean up tens of thousands of gallons of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline that runs beneath Montana’s scenic Yellowstone River.  More »

Some oil spill payments going to child support

Disaster payments from the BP oil spill are being intercepted by the state from those who are behind in their child support.  More »

Philippine rebels demand stop to oil, gas projects

The Philippines’ largest Muslim guerrilla group has demanded the government halt any planned oil and gas explorations by foreign companies in vast southern areas they claim, warning Sunday that energy projects would complicate peace talks.  More »

Peabody, steelmaker bid rejected by Macarthur holders

Australian miner Macarthur Coal Ltd. on Monday rejected a $5.2 billion takeover bid by U.S energy giant Peabody Energy Corp. and steelmaker ArcelorMittal as “opportunistic,” but the bidders will take their offer directly to shareholders.  More »

Rough seas could expose tar mats along Ala. shore

The storm season could uncover more tar mats and oil globs along the Alabama shoreline.  More »

Chevron official talks about returning to the Gulf

Like many of its Big Oil peers, Chevron Corp. is rushing to get back to work in the Gulf of Mexico. Deepwater drilling was effectively shut down last year following BP’s massive spill, but the government is finally starting to approve permits again.  More »