(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

Surging coal exports boost Kinder, bother Democrats

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

Environmentalists who oppose Shell’s planned exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters have taken their campaign to Interstate 10.
Categories: General

BP, Kinder Morgan announced service agreement

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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.