China fires official in oil giant corruption probe

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.  More »

Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen’s hopes

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.  More »

W.Va. lawmakers weigh natural gas trust fund

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.  More »

Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

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.  More »

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

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.  More »

Myanmar as economic miracle hinges on natural gas bounty

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.  More »

OTC Guide to Houston’s restaurants and entertainment

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 […]  More »

2 Florida cities suing oil giant BP

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.  More »

When is the price of gasoline too high?

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.  More »

See how much energy interns make on average

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

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Texas disclosure laws give hazy view of fracking fluid

An environmental group is raising new questions about the frequency of trade secret exemptions used by natural gas drillers when disclosing chemicals used in fracking fluids in Texas.  More »

Shell considered making bid for BP

Shell Chief Executive Peter Voser told a German newspaper that the company had considered trying to acquire BP in the past two years, according to a Reuters report.  More »

Former UT professor heads major Gulf restoration project

A former University of Texas professor caught in an ethics scandal involving a flawed hydraulic fracturing study will be heading to the Gulf of Mexico to lead a major restoration project.  More »

Texas can brag about its gas prices

Everything might be bigger in Texas, except gasoline prices.  More »
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