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Surging coal exports boost Kinder, bother Democrats

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U.S. coal exports nearly doubled between 2009 and 2011, according to a report released today by Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Categories: Coal
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Greenpeace unveils billboard that spoofs Shell ad

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Environmentalists who oppose Shell’s planned exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters have taken their campaign to Interstate 10.
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BP, Kinder Morgan announced service agreement

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BP announced plans to team up with Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which will provide the oil giant with condensate processing services and storage space for more than 750,000 barrels.
Categories: Deals
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Woman pulls gun to keep smart meter out

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A Harris County woman used a gun to persuade a CenterPoint Energy worker from installing an electric smart meter on her home, according to KHOU-TV story.
Categories: Electricity
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Kinder Morgan profits fall, distributions grow

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Second-quarter profit fell 33 percent decline as Kinder Morgan prepared to sell off assets to meet regulatory requirements for its El Paso acquisition.
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Reuters says Chesapeake employees could get $100 million perk

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A group of 1,600 Chesapeake employees – mainly those in the mid-level position – could get between millions in cash if the company changes hands as part of an employee perk written into contracts, according to a Reuters report.
Categories: General
Selena Gomez arrives on the red carpet at the 22nd Annual MuchMusic Video Awards at the MuchMusic HQ on June 19, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

Teen pop star Selena Gomez a future employee of the EPA?

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Selena Gomez working for the Environmental Protection Agency might seem like a nightmare for some, but it’s a dream for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Categories: Environment
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Where does your money go at the gas pump?

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Who should get the blame for high gas prices? Study shows where your gas money goes, and it might surprise you.
Categories: Crude oil
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Basin. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Moody’s downgrades Linn Energy outlook based on aggressive acquisitions

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Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Linn Energy’ rating outlook from stable to negative because of acquisitions that have raised the Houston E&P company’s debt.
Categories: Natural gas
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Drillships work near the Tahiti field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

Power grid in sea reaches for new depths

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Offshore operators racing to extract more oil from under deep waters have a vision of one day running wells remotely from land, reducing the need for multibillion dollar offshore production platforms.