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This undated file photo from the US Department of Energy Internet site shows the Bryan Mound storage facility in Brazoria County, Texas. Bryan Mound is one of four Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) sites in the US that are used as a first line of defense against an interruption in petroleum supplies. The US government said 07 August, 2006 that it would take a "serious look" at requests from refiners to tap the nation's emergency oil stockpile after BP said it was shutting down a critical Alaskan pipeline. (U.S. Department of Energy/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Secretary: Strategic Petroleum Reserve needs ‘modernization’

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The Strategic Petroleum Reserve needs some changes, in light of shifts in the location and type of domestic oil production, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday.
Spectators look at a Cameron Evo 20K BOP, a blowout preventer, at Cameron's booth at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference  in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Industry takes the lead in improving emergency well control devices

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Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spotlighted shortcomings in the blowout preventers intended to safeguard offshore wells, government regulators are still drafting long-promised regulations meant to boost the reliability of those critical emergency devices.
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Cold weather prompts call for power conservation in Texas

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The state’s main grid operator is asking consumers to reduce electricity use to ensure adequate power as temperatures fall overnight.
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Power demand in Texas hits winter record amid sub-freezing temperatures

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The Texas grid met cold-weather demand a day after freezing temperatures and power plant problems nearly forced rolling blackouts, and grid operators discontinued a conservation alert.
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Texas under power conservation alert amid freezing temperatures

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has cancelled its earlier announced Energy Emergency Alert, saying that conditions have improved and that rolling blackouts are no longer a serious threat.
The blowout preventer stack (right) and lower marine riser stack (left) from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Feds to release new rules for offshore emergency equipment this year

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The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator said he hopes to unveil new requirements for blowout preventers by Dec. 31, nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster revealed vulnerabilities in the emergency devices.
Tugboats Aiviq and Nanuq, seen from a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules, tow the Kulluk drilling unit 116 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Usher.)

Drilling rig set to weather fierce storm in small Alaska port

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Facing 63-mph winds and 28-foot seas on Monday, two tugboats were towing Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig to safe harbor to weather the fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska.
The Nanuq is shown in Valdez, Alaska earlier this year. (Photo: Shell)

Coast Guard evacuates 18 from drilling rig

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The Coast Guard and Shell are still working to rescue an offshore drilling rig and a tugboat stranded in high seas about 50 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska.
People line up at a gas station waiting to fill up in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Feds waive Jones Act amid fuel shortages in Northeast

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In a bid to get oil flowing to the storm-ravaged Northeast, where motorists have been waiting in hours-long lines to pump gasoline, the Obama administration on Friday relaxed a rule that normally blocks foreign tankers from carrying crude.
Dan Smallwood, former COO of the Marine Well Containment Company, shows off the company's capping stack on April 15, 2011 in Houston. (Eric Kayne/For the Houston Chronicle)

Feds deem emergency well containment drill a success

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The first-ever full-scale test of how the oil industry and federal regulators would respond to a runaway offshore well completed Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, with government officials deeming the week-long drill a success.