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Industry adds more voices to gas debate

No longer content to be passive observers of the debate, some of the largest oil companies in the U.S. have begun mounting their own, more forceful defense against criticism of the boom in natural gas development.
Bill Soplu, of Kaktovik, Alaska, demonstrates the use of one of several simulators used to help train employees for work on large vessels at the Edison Chouest Offshore shipbuilding facility in Larose, La. Photo: Misty Leigh McElroy / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Shell hopes to break the ice on Arctic drilling

A ship taking shape along the balmy Gulf Coast will have to sail a long way to do what it does best.
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How do you get power plants to show up on a hot day? Jack up prices

State power officials are considering doubling the maximum allowable price for power during peak usage as a way to convince companies to build more power plants.
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Oil drops below $78 on weak demand

Oil prices extended losses today, falling to near $78 a barrel, as Europe’s debt crisis roiled markets and falling personal incomes in the U.S. suggested slack demand for fuel.

Business groups want multiyear highway funding extension to prevent “billions” in delayed projects


Congress should pass a multiyear bill that authorizes collection of the federal gas tax and funds highway and mass-transit programs at current levels or higher to prevent job losses in the hundreds of thousands and contract delays in the billions of dollars, business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has long criticized the federal funding formula as unfair because states often get less back on transportation projects than they pay in the form of gas taxes. Earlier this year she proposed allowing states to opt out of the federal highway program and instead get a rebate on federal gas taxes from in-state sales.

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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (left) talks to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a  signing ceremony in Russia in 2011. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Exxon confident it can book Russian Arctic oil reserves

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will be able to book oil and gas reserves it finds in an Arctic and Black Sea venture with OAO Rosneft even though its Russian state-run partner owns the licenses.
A cyber security analyst works in the "watch and warning center" during the first tour of the government’s secretive cyber defense lab in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Homeland Security Department's Control System Security Program facilities are intended to protect the nation's power grid, water and communications systems. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)   Summary

Cyber attacks on U.S. utilities, industries rise

U.S. utilities and industries face a rising number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official said during the government’s first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the nation’s power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.
Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison. left, and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stover, right, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

FBI probing Solyndra for possible fraud

Solyndra LLC, the solar-panel maker that filed for bankruptcy protection two months after executives extolled its prospects, is being investigated by the FBI for accounting fraud, an agency official said.
A huge fireball and black smoke rise from the Royal Dutch Shell's Pulau Bukom offshore petroleum complex in Singapore on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. This is the second explosion to occur, the first happened Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Straits Times, Joyce Fang)

Fire out at Shell refinery in Singapore

A fire that engulfed parts of Royal Dutch Shell’s 500,000 barrel-a-day oil refinery in Singapore for two days has been extinguished, the company said.
A smokestack at a gas production facility in the Pinedale Anticline gas field is silhouetted against the Wind River Range and town of Pinedale, background, in western Wyoming. Gas development has contributed to severe winter ozone pollution in the area. Wyoming leaders praise but environmentalists criticize an Obama administration decision not to lower the national pollution limit for ozone.(AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

Groups plan EPA lawsuit over severe Wyo. ozone

Environmentalists said they served formal notice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in preparation for a lawsuit over severe wintertime ozone pollution linked to gas drilling in western Wyoming.