A wind turbine, named Fukushima Mirai, sits about 20 kilometers off the coast of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan is shown  . (AP Photo/Marubeni Corp.)

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.
Jim Brown, partner at Houston law firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown

Guest commentary: One-size-fits-all rules for offshore vessels are unrealistic

There is universal agreement on the desire to prevent another catastrophic explosion and spill. But there is the risk of doing harm by overreaching in regulating for a safer environment.

Environmentalists seek to stop Miss. offshore drilling rules

Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound.
President and co-founder, Nebolisa Egbunike speaks at a Subsea Engineering Society general meeting at the University of Houston, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Houston. The University of Houston has started a new subsea master's degree, and Egbunike, along with Michael Ogiefor founded the society to help students connect with industry. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

UH subsea society seeks to rise to the top

Two men from a University of Houston engineering program are not content to ride the wave of the school’s new subsea program — they are working hard to put it on the map as a dynamic new offering to the energy industry.
This 2007 file photo shows the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy leaving Seattle for a scientific mission in the Arctic that included breaking ice well north of Barrow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Nations jockey for Arctic position, US not in lead

Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic’s resources, which might be home to 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its untapped natural gas.
A NASA Global Hawk robotic jet is stored in a hangar at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday Dec. 30, 2013, that will develop test sites for drones, including one in Texas. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)

New drone testing sites could boost oil industry use (video)

A Federal Aviation Administration decision to permit testing of drones in Texas and at sites throughout the country will open the door to more use of unmanned aircraft by oil companies.
Greenpeace activist  Ruslan Yakushev of Ukraine behind bars speaks to a supporter in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.  A Russian court on Thursday jailed Yakushev who was part of the 30-member  team of environmental activists protesting near an oil platform last week. Two members of the group were detained Sept. 18 in their attempt to scale the Russian Arctic platform. The Coast Guard seized Greenpeace's ship the next day and towed it with the 30 activists aboard, to Murmansk. The activists are being investigated for piracy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russia dropping criminal charges against 30 Greenpeace protesters

Russia’s Investigative Committee is dropping criminal charges against all 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in September for a protest against Arctic oil drilling by state-run OAO Gazprom, the group said.
The sun begins to rise over Nantucket Sound in Mashpee, Mass., where the Cape Wind off-shore wind turbine power generation project won approval for construction. (AP Photo/Julia Cumes, File)

Siemens to supply $2.6B US offshore wind plant

Siemens AG, Europe’s biggest engineering company, agreed to supply turbines to the $2.6 billion Cape Wind project, the first offshore wind farm planned in the U.S.
The Empire State tanker is one of five that Kinder Morgan plans to purchase from American Petroleum Tankers, part of a $1 billion deal that also includes four newly built vessels from State Class Tankers. (American Petroleum Tankers)

Kinder Morgan to buy tanker businesses for $1B

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said Monday.
Shell's Perdido oil and natural gas platform  located  200 miles off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Budget deal opens door to drilling in new Gulf waters

Legislation that opens the door to oil and gas drilling in international Gulf waters has cleared Congress, just in time for Mexico’s energy reforms and a Jan. 17 deadline for the U.S. to sign off on the work.