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Petrobras production hurt by ‘global bottleneck’ for rigs

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, will finish 2011 at the lower range of its production target after a “global bottleneck” delayed rig deliveries, said its chief executive officer.
Workers put together panels at the Blue Wing solar project (Photo: CPS Energy)

Solyndra investigation likely to hurt green jobs, not Obama

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President Barack Obama is fighting for his “green energy” initiatives as Republicans in Congress criticize the programs after solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC collapsed.
Cheryl Landes, from Seattle, takes pictures of the Coeur d'Alene River from a dock near the Cataldo Mission in Cataldo, Idaho as a boom stretches across the water's surface. The barrier was put in place after a drop in pressure was detected for an oil pipeline that traverses the area. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

ConocoPhillips explores pipeline problem in N. Idaho

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Officials for ConocoPhillips are investigating if a northern Idaho section of the oil company’s gasoline pipeline has sprung a small leak, and they have imposed some precautionary measures to minimize the risk to public health.
Steam rises from stacks at the ConocoPhillips refinery  in Rodeo, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Texas not satisfied with EPA changes to cross-state rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency, facing intense opposition from some states and industry, on Thursday softened a new rule that requires aging power plants to sharply cut emissions that cause smog and soot in neighboring states.
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Proposed coal plant changes cooling plans

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Operators of a proposed coal-fired power plant in Matagorda County announced Thursday that they will drop their request for a 40-year water contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority, opting instead for a more expensive but less water-intensive technology.
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Texas firm pays $500K in auction for SD oil, gas leases

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The South Dakota Office of School and Public Lands has auctioned off a tranche of oil and gas leases worth more than $500,000.
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EPA softens stance on cross-state air pollution rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency, facing intense opposition from some states and industry, softened today a new rule that requires again power plants to sharply cut emissions that cause smog and soot in neighboring states.
A power plant on the Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir near Hallsburg, Texas. The plant was owned by Luminant but taken offline in 2010. (Photo: Flickr/srv0)

New power plant could be built in Bay City

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An executive for a company planning to build a coal-fired power plant in Southeast Texas says the company will change how it would cool the plant, allowing it to operate with trillions of less gallons of water annually.
NuStar Energy LP has invested millions of dollars to transform the only refinery in San Antonio’s city limits, which was once owned by AGE Refining. Photo: Photo By Robin Jerstad/Special T / SA

NuStar Energy invests millions in San Antonio refinery

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NuStar Energy LP is five months into its plan to transform the only refinery in San Antonio’s city limits and its officers say they’ve made significant advances in upgrades and safety at the plant.
NRG Energy's SR Bertron Power Plant in Deer Park, Texas. (Photo: NRG Energy)

Texas agency considers giving water to coal plant

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A private Texas landowner wants to sell some 391 million gallons of water annually to a proposed coal-fired power plant on the Texas Gulf Coast, a move that would help pave the way for the facility to be built.