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Power-grid attack fuels debate over threat of snipers vs. hackers

U.S. energy regulators’ efforts to harden the power grid against snipers and terrorists are fueling a debate over whether they’re diverting resources from other threats, like cyber attacks.  More »

Company plans $2B Ethiopian power project on imploded volcano

Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said.  More »

Judge rejects BP bid to halt Gulf spill payments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier denied BP’s request without an explanation.  More »

Clinton Keystone dodge prompts donors to rethink support

Wealthy Democratic environmentalists are considering withholding support for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid unless she reassures them about their top priority: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

South Africa oil-stake demand risks derailing new industry

South Africa’s plans to muscle in on new oil and gas ventures threaten to derail a fledgling industry, undermining state efforts to safeguard energy security and curtail imports.  More »

Lukoil considers investments in Russian wind farms

OAO Lukoil may turn to Russia for future renewable energy projects as its units in Bulgaria and Romania are hurt by subsidy reductions.  More »

US Supreme Court seeks middle ground on shareholder suits

Hearing arguments Wednesday in Washington, the justices considered a bid by Halliburton Co. to overturn a 1988 decision that forms the legal basis for 80 percent of the group securities suits filed each year.  More »

Chevron wins US ruling calling Ecuador judgment fraud

Chevron Corp. won a U.S. judge’s ruling that a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment issued in Ecuador was procured by fraud, making it less likely that plaintiffs will collect the $9.5 billion award.  More »

BP must live with spill settlement terms, court rules

BP must resume paying millions of dollars in business-loss claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said.  More »

Natural gas advances a second day on frigid start to March

Natural gas advanced for a second day in New York on speculation that a frigid start to March will erode stockpiles of the heating fuel that already are at 10-year seasonal lows.  More »

Oil-sands cargos face tougher US rail-shipping rules

Train shipments of crude are under review across North America after a U.S. emergency order requiring new safety measures to prevent accidents.  More »

Federal law blocking cheap Texas fuel from reaching frozen East Coast

As freezing weather drained stockpiles of propane to their lowest seasonal level in two decades on the U.S. East Coast this month, shivering New Englanders couldn’t tap abundant supplies sailing out of Texas. The reason? The Jones Act.  More »
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