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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 »
A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil in Montana. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

The petition was filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics.  More »
The U.S. Air Force is set to certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models to burn fuels derived from waste oils and plants by 2013, three years ahead of target, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Kevin Geiss said. (Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Biofuels demand up for aviation, marine industries

Demand for biofuels in the aviation and marine industries has expanded rapidly in recent years, a new report finds.  More »
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) As Denton considers fracking ban, the state's oil and gas regulator weighs in, calling the attempt "extremely misguided."

Denton’s proposed fracking ban likely to go to voters

As Denton considers permanently banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the state’s oil and gas regulator has weighed into the fray, arguing the move would undercut one of the key pillars of the Texas economy.’  More »
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