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Alaska pipeline is back on TAPS until this weekend

Oil will likely keep flowing on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System until this weekend, when workers are expected to install a bypass around a leaking section at a pump station. (Photo: A likeness of the pipeline adorns a gate on Pump Station 3 of TAPS. Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)  More »
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Texas loses third bid to block EPA from regulating emissions

The first federal rules on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases took effect this month. Texas is the only state refusing to implement them — a position that prompted the EPA’s attempted takeover of greenhouse gas permits for power plants and other large industrial sources. (Houston Chronicle file photo/Carlos Antonio Rios)  More »
Tugs move the Noble Frontier Driller into port at Signal East Shipyard in Pascagoula Misss., on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. The Nobel Frontier was one of dozens of deepwater rigs that were forced into port because of the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium. (AP file photo)

Noble Corp. rejoins S&P 500

The move could open the door for other U.S. oil and gas firms that have recently reincorporated in Switzerland to return to the closely watched stock index. (AP file photo)  More »
Former BP COO Doug Suttles and Coast Guard Capt. Edwin Stanton (AP)

BP’s Suttles to retire, internal memo says

The 22-year company veteran will be chiefly remembered as BP’s point person for delivering daily doses of bad news to the public after the Macondo blowout that killed 11 workers and launched the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  More »
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Drilling activity was up in 2010, despite Gulf moratorium

The post-Macondo drilling ban didn’t stop 2010 drilling activity from topping the year before, with 12 percent more wells drilled. Of course, that’s because more drilling tends to happen onshore than offshore. (Photo: Daniel Foster/Flickr)  More »
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Propane, ethane gains deepen natural gas glut

Rising prices for natural gas byproducts such as propane, which touched an 11-month high this week, are encouraging energy companies to boost gas output even after the market’s biggest annual slide since 2008. Photo: Micah Drushal/Flickr  More »
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More wind and coal, less nat gas in Texas power mix

Power usage was up in 2010 on Texas’ main power grid, but natural gas is playing a smaller role than in years past as it’s replaced by wind and coal. (Photo: Xinhua/Liu Xiao)  More »
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Change afoot for Texas oil regulator. Alaska pipeline restarts. Spill report points to BP boss. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »
The Trans Alaska Pipeline winds Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, on the Tundra of the North Slope of Alaska.  The pipeline turned 30-years old this year.  This photo accompanies a Tom Fowler business story. ( Kevin Fujii / Chronicle )

Alaska oil pipeline restarts, repairs still underway

Despite incomplete repairs, the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline has started flowing again in order to prevent further damage to equipment, officials said. (Photo: Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)  More »
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Alaska pipeline operator seeks approval to restart as repairs continue

Alyeska warns key crude pipeline could go down for a “more extended period of time and affect other North Slope facilities” if regulators deny request for temporary restart. (Photo: Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)  More »
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Cute kids promote nat gas in YouTube video

Yes, there are a few fart jokes. But the kiddos interviewed by Spectra Energy also seem to know a lot about the fossil fuel. (Image: Spectra Energy)  More »
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Alaska oil spill response gets online upgrade

Alaska regulators have created a new website for information on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline spill that has brought that system to a halt. (Photo: Alyseska Pipeline Services Co.)  More »