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Refineries along the Ship Channel are just part of Houston's pollution picture. Photo: Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle

Houston faces penalties over 1970s smog limits

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The EPA concluded Tuesday that Houston has failed to meet 30-year-old limits on smog-forming pollution, a decision that could lead to hefty fines for as many as 300 oil refineries, chemical plants and other large industrial facilities.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

With trial pending, BP asks judge to cull experts

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With a trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill looming, BP PLC is asking a federal judge to block two plaintiffs’ experts from testifying about an alleged disregard for safety throughout the energy company that those experts say led to the nation’s largest offshore oil spill.
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell seen raising dividend for first time since 2009

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, will write off about $200 million because of an unsuccessful well off the coast of Tanzania, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
(Photo: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Conoco Phillips appeals worker’s $15.2M verdict

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A Jones County man waited too long to file a lawsuit over exposure his exposure to workplace asbestos, attorneys told the Mississippi Supreme Court.
The Douglas Channel, the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project at Kitamaat, British Columbia, Canada. Rio Tinto Alcans smelter is at left and the town of Kitamaat at upper right. The fear of oil spills is especially acute in this pristine corner of northwest British Columbia, with its snowcapped mountains and deep ocean inlets. People here still remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, and oil is still leaking from the Queen of the North, a ferry that sank off nearby Hartley Bay six years ago. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Canadian natural-gas producers to disclose fracking fluids

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Canadian natural-gas producers have voluntarily adopted standards to disclose fluids used in hydraulic fracturing amid investigations into the risks posed by the drilling technique in Canada and the U.S.
(Photo: Brian Snelson)

Experts: US ill-prepared for oil spill off Cuba

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The U.S. is not ready to handle an oil spill if drilling off the Cuban coast should go awry but can be better prepared with monitoring systems and other basic steps, experts told government officials.
Lisa Richlin stands in front of her home along Route 220 near Laporte, Pa., while talking about the number of accidents there. Richlin is in court with Central New York Oil and Gas Company LLC on trying to get them to move a proposed entrance road for building the MARC 1 pipeline from a couple hundred yards north of her home along Route 220 to a site a couple hundred yards south of her home. (AP Photo/Jimmy May)

Landowners fight eminent domain in Pa. gas field

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When federal regulators approved a 39-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Pennsylvania’s pristine Endless Mountains, they cited the operator’s assurances that it would make sparing use of eminent domain as it negotiated with more than 150 property owners along the pipeline’s route.
Petrobras workers walk on platform 51 "Majuro" in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

Africa seen mirroring Brazil in Atlantic coast drilling

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The world’s next great oil finds may be buried under a layer of salt more than two miles beneath the seabed off Africa’s Atlantic coast.
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Kan. seeks to beef up budget to deal with fracking

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The Kansas Corporation Commission, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in the state, says it doesn’t have the necessary staff to inspect the growing number of oil and gas drilling sites involving horizontal fracturing, or fracking.
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Pa. tax legislation could attract Shell refinery

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New legislation in Pennsylvania could help the state compete with Ohio and West Virginia for a huge petrochemical refinery by offering millions of dollars in tax breaks for big businesses.