TransCanada will look at rail if Keystone XL rejected

The chief executive of TransCanada said Wednesday if the Obama administration doesn’t approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline his company will look to the more dangerous alternative of building build rail terminals in Alberta and Oklahoma.  More »

Senator criticizes federal timetable for new rail tanker rules

The Department of Transportation needs to speed up its timeline for finalizing new rules on the construction of rail tanker cars, Sen. John Hoeven said Wednesday.  More »

SolarCity turns to retail investors for cash

Solar panel installer SolarCity is turning to retail investors for cash. The company said Wednesday that it plans to sell securities directly to individuals and others interested in investing in its rooftop solar systems.  More »

Ford’s radical fuel-efficient F-150 is talk of auto show

The change is Ford’s response to small-business owners’ desire for a more fuel-efficient and nimble truck — and stricter government requirements on fuel economy.  More »

Are injection wells helping spark Texas quakes?

The widespread use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas and oil from shale formations has increased the need for disposal wells, which are used to send wastewater deep underground. And there is some evidence they can cause quakes.  More »

Lab study cuts fracking waste’s radioactivity

Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations.  More »

Aluminum Revolution: Ford introduces a new F-150

On Monday, Ford unveils a new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. The change is Ford’s response to small-business owners’ desire for a more fuel-efficient and nimble truck — and stricter government requirements on fuel economy.  More »

French oil giant Total joins shale hunt in Britain

The French oil conglomerate Total will explore for shale gas in Britain, joining a boom that has overhauled world energy markets.  More »

Crude oil falls below $92 a barrel on Iran deal

The price of oil fell below $92 a barrel Monday as Libyan production continued to ramp up and the possibility of increased crude exports from Iran raised the prospects of excess supply on global markets.  More »

Biofuels scam allegations against company widen to fraud

A company whose president was indicted last fall in an alleged biofuels scam prosecutors say cost the government and investors more than $100 million now faces a separate investigation by federal environmental regulators.  More »

Oil price falls to near $92

Oil prices fell Monday after a big jump in the previous trading session that was sparked by expectations the Fed might delay stimulus reduction.  More »

Maine offshore wind project looks to overcome hurdle

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies, called Maine Aqua Ventus, to build a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island.  More »