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Environmental groups sue power plant near Houston

Three environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing the Lower Colorado River Authority of violating the Clean Air Act for nearly a decade at its coal-fired power plant 90 miles west of Houston. The groups allege that the Austin-based uti…  More »
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Appliance rebate money still available

Consumers who are considering buying an energy-efficient appliance have only two shopping days left to make a purchase and apply for a rebate, the Texas comptroller’s office said Monday. There’s still almost $1 million in the pot for qualified purchases.  More »

Houston man killed in Valero rig accident in Louisiana

NORCO, La. — A contract worker at Valero Energy Corp,’s refinery in southeastern Louisiana has died following an accident at the plant. State police say 30-year-old Victor Rodriguez, of Houston, died late Sunday at a hospital following the accident. …  More »
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Oil settles above $105 a barrel

Oil prices continued to set new post-recession highs today as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi pounded rebels near a key oil port in Libya. It’s unclear how long the country’s oil exports will be cut off, and traders prepared for a worst-case scenario in which world supplies would be under pressure for months.  More »
A fire burns on board the GI 102A oil production platform 50 miles south of Grand Isle, March 6, 2011. The Coast Guard responded with multiple sea and air assests to the reports of the fire -- rescuing the two individuals who were on board the platform at the time. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

2 treated after fire at platform 50 miles off Grand Isle, La.

Two men were taken to a hospital after an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Sunday morning, officials said. The fire broke out on the GI 102A oil production rig owned by Arena that is about 50 miles off Grand Isle at about 8 a.m. Sunday, …  More »
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Oil lobbyists focus new attention on regulators

With Republicans in control of the House and partisan gridlock limiting chances for major energy legislation, oil lobbyists are following the lead of the Democratic administration by turning to federal agencies in the executive branch that can deploy regulations with fewer congressional restraints.  More »
Mining trucks carry loads of oil-laden sand at the Albian Sands oils sands project in Ft. McMurray, Alberta. (AP file photo/Jeff McIntosh)

Mideast strife may be an oil boon for Canada

American oil and gas advocates have championed Canada’s oil sands projects for years, but now oil supply worries tied to turmoil in North Africa are coinciding conveniently with a recently revamped push for the heavy crude source to our north.  More »
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Middle East, $100 oil on the agenda for CERAWeek

Middle East turmoil. The return of $100 oil. The still uncertain outlook for offshore drilling after the BP spill. They’ll all be on the agenda at CERAWeek 2011, which brings some of the biggest names in energy, technology, academia and politics to Houston this week to discuss the future of energy.  More »
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Competing interests add fire to fuel debate

There’s a new power struggle on Capitol Hill, and it isn’t between Republicans and Democrats. Instead, it’s a battle among producers of all sorts of energy – wind, solar, oil and gas – as they scramble to get a sliver of shrinking federal subsidies and make sure they benefit from policies that could drive up demand.  More »

The Well energy briefs

Pegasus International in Aberdeen has been awarded a contract to provide consultancy services to ONGC for the development of the Deepwater Vashishta and S1 fields off the east coast of India. The natural gas fields will be developed using a number …  More »

Disagreement over end of BOP testing

NEW ORLEANS — There may have been a fundamental safety design problem with the pods that controlled the massive device that failed to stop the Gulf oil spill, U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators said Friday as they asked that more testing be don…  More »

BP Atlantis platform cleared on safety issue

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators on Friday rapped BP for poor record-keeping at its huge Atlantis oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico but said the problems did not jeopardize workers at the site. After an 11-month probe, the Bureau of Oce…  More »