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A new industry-commissioned study finds the pipeline industry has been an economic boon for Texas.

Report: Pipeline industry creating windfall for Texas

The pipeline industry was an economic boon for Texas in 2013 fueled by an oil and gas boom that’s driving demand for more pipelines, a new report found.  More »
Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

EPA says Duke done dredging coal ash from N.C. river

Environmental watchdog groups pointed out Thursday that Duke recovered less than 10 percent of the coal ash it spilled.  More »
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Oil rises past $103 on geopolitical turmoil

The jitters about potential disruptions came on the heels of a surprisingly large decline in supplies in the U.S.  More »
A visitor looks at Toyota Motor's new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) on display at the company's showroom in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, a technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.  More »
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Sales of premium and mid-grade gasoline have yet to resume at all 500 Greater Houston stations.

Some Chevron, Texaco stations still aren’t selling premium

Two weeks after Chevron suspended sales of premium and mid-grade gasoline at Houston-area pumps, some of the 500 stations still aren’t selling it.  More »
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

U.S. sanctions hit Russian energy, other companies

Among the companies hit were OAO Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company,  More »
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Oil price rises on inventory draw, China growth

U.S. crude for August delivery rose $1.24 to close at $101.20 a barrel  More »
Rich Kinder of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in control room at office at Company's offices. (Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, Houston Chronicle)

Natural gas transportation needs boost Kinder Morgan revenue

Houston pipeline giant Kinder Morgan said it increased payouts to investors by 5 percent in the second quarter as surging natural gas production created demand for the company’s transportation infrastructure.  More »
A pumpjack operates at the Inglewood oil field in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

The residents of Los Angeles’ Wilmington area were among about a dozen speakers to address an EPA panel hearing.  More »
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Canada extends review of Kinder’s $5 billion pipeline expansion

The Trans Mountain project would bring additional output from Alberta’s oil sands to Canada’s Pacific Coast.  More »
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BP workers can sue over retirement losses tied to spill, court says

The plan managers “knew or should have known, based on a variety of sources, that BP shares were not a prudent investment,” the workers alleged in their complaints.  More »
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Oil falls below $100 for first time since May

Prices have been falling in recent weeks as worries about supply disruptions from Iraq eased and on the prospect of more supplies from Libya.  More »