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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.
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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.

Joe Barton says Solyndra “poster child” of Obama’s “failing energy policies”


Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis (AP photo)

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, dubbed the bankrupt California solar panel company that received a loan guarantee from the Obama administration as the “poster child of the administration’s failing energy policies ..

A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Responders must train for hybrid, electric car rescues

With all-electric and hybrid vehicles, or cars with both combustion engines and battery packs, becoming more prevalent, fire departments across the country have instituted new courses to instruct personnel on the potential hazards they may encounter at a motor vehicle accident.
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Report highlights need to clean Gulf

Coastal states must work together to restore key elements of the Gulf of Mexico that have made it a backbone of the U.S. economy before the ecosystem becomes so weak and polluted that it is no longer habitable for animals or people, according to a preliminary report released today.
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Anadarko plans to sell all Brazil oil blocks, ANP says

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest U.S. independent oil and natural-gas company by market value, plans to sell all its blocks in Brazil, a director at the nation’s crude regulator said.
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President Barack Obama to step up power line projects

The Obama administration wants to speed up permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12 states, as it moves to create jobs and modernize the nation’s power grid.