Tag: energy

NRC staff proposes earthquake hazard review

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission should require power-plant owners to re-evaluate “without delay” their readiness to withstand earthquakes and floods, the agency’s staff said.  More »

Study: Natural gas won’t slow down climate change

Relying more on natural gas and less on coal would do “little” to slow down global warming despite far less carbon dioxide being released, a new study found.  More »

Republicans take aim at Solyndra

Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker, might be the new Republican punching bag.  More »

Oil worker rescued from the Gulf dies in the hospital

A Bangladeshi oil worker has died in the hospital after being rescued from three days drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico’s state oil company said today.  More »

OPEC cuts oil demand forecast on growth concerns

OPEC sharply revised down its forecast today for world oil demand for this year and expected consumption would remain weak in 2012, citing waning economic growth in key industrialized nations and a weak U.S. driving season.  More »

At least 75 Kenyans dead after pipeline explosion

A local official says at least 75 bodies have been recovered after an explosion of a gasoline pipeline running through a slum in Kenya’s capital.  More »

Iran’s first nuclear plant goes online

Iran’s first nuclear power plant stepped up operations today after more than a decade of delays, pumping out electricity at up to 40 percent capacity and marking a major step forward in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.  More »

U.S. rushing to meet offshore drilling date

The Obama administration has less than 10 months to finish assembling its plan for selling offshore drilling leases over the next five years, and some oil industry leaders are worried the government is barely on track to meet a July 1 deadline for issuing the document.  More »

1 dead in explosion at French nuclear waste plant

French nuclear safety body says an explosion has rocked nuclear plant in southern France.  More »

Ethanol 15 might impact sportsmen, older cars

I was trying to summarize the nightmare Pete Landry was describing, and suggested this: Come fall, Louisiana’s 320,000 boaters will begin unwittingly filling their tanks with the new 15 percent ethanol fuel blends (E-15), resulting in millions of dollars in unnecessary damage, not to mention broken dreams.  More »

Steffy: ‘Texas tea now the lesser of two oils’

This is a tale of two oils. Houston-based Swift Energy pumps crude from its oil fields in Louisana and gets a price that’s within a few dollars of what producers receive in most of the world. As of Thursday, that was about $114 a barrel.  More »

Norwegian giant in it for the long haul with Texas shale venture

Helge Lund, CEO of Norway’s Statoil, likes to say his company is more than just a financial investor in shale gas fields in the U.S., and he made that abundantly clear one morning last week.  More »