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Jiang Jiemin, chairman of PetroChina, left, is mobbed by journalists after attending an IPO ceremony for PetroChina at the Shanghai Stock Exchange in Shanghai. (AP Photo)

China fires official in oil giant corruption probe

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The head of the commission that oversees China’s major state-owned companies was fired Tuesday in a spreading corruption investigation that appears to be an effort by the country’s new leaders to tighten control over government industries.
Categories: Legal issues
Laboratory workers at Fukushima Prefecture Fisheries Research Center dissect fish caught earlier in the day by local fishermen, before conducting radiation tests in Iwaki, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Fourteen fishing boats at a port in Iwaki, including a trawler run by Choji Suzuki and his son Fumio, have been helping the prefecture to conduct once-a-week fishing expeditions in rotation to measure radiation levels of fish they catch in the waters off Fukushima. Fishermen in the area hope to resume test catches following favorable sampling results more than two years after the disaster, though for now fishing is suspended due to leaks of radiation-contaminated water from storage tanks at the nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen’s hopes

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Third-generation fisherman Fumio Suzuki sets out into the Pacific Ocean every seven weeks. Not to catch fish to sell, but to catch fish that can be tested for radiation.
Categories: Accidents, Nuclear
Two men work on an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

W.Va. lawmakers weigh natural gas trust fund

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Senate President Jeff Kessler is hoping the Legislature’s recent trip to North Dakota will build support for his plans to create a natural gas trust fund in West Virginia.
Categories: Natural gas
(LM Otero/AP)

Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

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Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants.
Categories: Legal issues
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

DEP to AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn’t spread

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A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.
A boat navigates the Yangon River past power lines hanging from a transmission tower near the Ahlone power plant in Yangon, Myanmar. (Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg)

Myanmar as economic miracle hinges on natural gas bounty

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Myanmar’s opening to foreign investment has been compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of an economic growth story to emulate Vietnam. How those views pan out will be largely decided by natural gas.
Categories: General
All-American: Akaushi beef burger with lettuce, tomato, aioli, bread and butter pickles and beer mustard, at the Burger Guys' downtown shop, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Houston. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

OTC Guide to Houston’s restaurants and entertainment

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Looking for ways to spend your free time during the OTC? Here are guides to some of Houston’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and sites, plus trails for running, which you’ll need to do to work off all those margaritas.       Food, Drinks & Entertainment   Best spots for barbecue Houston’s most memorable barbecue […]
Categories: General
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2 Florida cities suing oil giant BP

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Two cities along the Gulf of Mexico are suing oil giant BP over tens of millions of dollars in lost tax revenues from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Categories: General
Image from Crossroads GPS television advertisement linking President Barack Obama's energy policies with high gasoline prices.

When is the price of gasoline too high?

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Drivers appear to be altering their idea of “too high” when it comes to gasoline prices after years of seeing steady hikes at the pump.
Categories: Gasoline
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See how much energy interns make on average

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Energy companies are known for dishing out big salaries, but those high-dollar amounts aren’t limited to full-time employees, according to a Glassdoor.com survey. See which Houston company pays its interns more than $60,000 a year.
Categories: General