Fire at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond as seen from Tiburon, Calif., on Monday Aug. 6,  2012.

EPA says Chevron violated law at California refinery

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The blaze sent thousands of people to hospitals seeking medical attention.

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Judge holds Anadarko’s Kerr-McGee liable

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The company may have to pay as much as $14 billion related to environmental cleanup and health claims.
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Cars, trucks hit record gas mileage last year

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The EPA is estimating that the average mileage of 2013 cars will rise another 0.4 mpg to 24.
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Texas proposes to take over GHG permitting under Clean Air Act PSD program

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Last week the TCEQ issued a proposed rule to allow it to regulate greenhouse gas sources under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.  No surprise here.  Texas business asked the state legislature to “authorize” the TCEQ to do this because it is more streamlined to have one permitting authority, and because of […]
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Court looks at EPA rule on cross-state pollution

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The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, shown in Houston discussing a plan to run airport shuttles on natural gas, told a Washington audience on Dec. 10, 2013, that fossil fuels will remain a key part of the nation's energy supply. (Photo: Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Parker: We need tough decisions on climate

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Local, state and federal governments need to make tough decisions to help blunt the effects of climate change, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday.
Sapphire Energy's algae farm in Columbus, N.M.(Sapphire Energy)

Green oil? Phillips 66 strikes a deal to develop it

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A small San Diego company is teaming up with the largest U.S. oil refiner to bring an algae-based crude closer to market.
(Houston Chronicle file photo)

Nine states tighten carbon dioxide pollution rules

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Massachusetts and eight other states are part of the nation’s first multi-state “cap-and-trade” program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
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Proposed ethane cracker faces tough review

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A proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County likely would have to comply with a state regulation aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial facilities.
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Environmentalists, unions seek to fix gas leaks

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Unions and environmentalists unite in call to fix leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment, a national effort that could cost $82 billion.