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Texas firm pays $500K in auction for SD oil, gas leases

The South Dakota Office of School and Public Lands has auctioned off a tranche of oil and gas leases worth more than $500,000.
(Associated Press)

EPA softens stance on cross-state air pollution rule

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

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

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

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.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Gas prices continue to drop

Gas prices continued their slow decline this week.
Robert Lee, a lab technician at ConocoPhillips' Surmont oil sands project in Alberta, examines a vial of water and oil sediment. Looking on is Perry Berkenpas, vice president of oil sands operations for ConocoPhillips Canada. (Photo: The Houston Chronicle)

Oil sands CO2 to match conventional drilling in a decade

Carbon-dioxide emissions per barrel of oil produced from Alberta’s oil sands will probably fall to levels of conventional drilling in as little as a decade, Suncor Energy Inc. (SU)’s Chief Executive Officer Rick George said.
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Enbridge talking with Valero on East Coast pipeline reversal

Enbridge Inc., Canada’s largest pipeline owner, is in talks with Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners about reversing the flow of a pipeline to ship Canadian crude to the U.S. East Coast, said Chief Executive Officer Patrick Daniel.
In this image made off Japan's NTV/NNN Japan television footage, smoke ascends from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's Unit 3 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan on Monday, March 14. The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked Japan's stricken nuclear plant Monday, sending a massive column of smoke into the air and wounding 11 workers. (AP Photo/NTV/NNN Japan)

Nuclear agency urged to review spent fuel pools

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should take immediate steps to improve the safety of pools containing radioactive waste stored at U.S. nuclear plants, an internal report said.
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Residents sue Exxon for Yellowstone River oil spill

Several landowners whose property was damaged when an ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline spilled oil into the Yellowstone River have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for long-term harm to their property and businesses.