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Chevron rig fire on 5th day off Nigeria’s coast

Chevron Corp. says it is still trying to extinguish a five-day old fire on its rig off Nigeria’s coast after presuming two foreign workers dead.
The mobile offshore drilling unit Development Driller III at the Deepwater Horizon site on May 7, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

U.S. says BP, Transocean and Anadarko should be liable for spill before trial

BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. should be found liable before trial for violations of federal pollution laws stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawyers for the U.S. argued at a hearing in federal court in New Orleans.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Dueling NY studies over natural gas climate impact

Two groups of scientists at Cornell University are dueling over whether natural gas from shale is better or worse than coal when it comes to global climate change.
The Frontier Discoverer drilling rig in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (AP Photo/Shell Exploration & Production)

Shell teams up with Tullow to explore for oil in Atlantic

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, joined Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) to explore for oil and gas in new frontiers in the Atlantic Ocean.
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Group: Wyo. siding with industry on fracking issue

A group representing residents of a community where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has speculated that hydraulic fracturing may have contaminated their groundwater criticized Wyoming state officials for the first time, saying they’re siding with the petroleum industry at the expense of those who have to live with polluted water.
Spectra's Egan Hub facility near Lake Charles, LA.

Spectra expects to be involved in North American LNG exports

Spectra Energy Corp. (SE) will have “some involvement” in what it estimates will be three to six facilities built to export North American natural gas, Chief Executive Officer Gregory Ebel said.
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron orders three new rigs from Transocean for Thai drilling

Chevron Corp. (CVX), the second-largest U.S. energy company by market value, ordered three new shallow- water drilling rigs from Transocean Ltd. (RIG) that will be used in Thailand exploration projects starting in 2013.
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Post-moratorium high for Louisiana OCS active rigs

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle says 38 rigs were actively drilling in Louisiana Outer Continental Shelf waters in the most recent weekly count.

ConocoPhillips seeking partner for oil sands assets

Houston-based ConocoPhillips is searching for a partner to buy 50 percent of its Canadian oil sands assets, according to a Reuters story.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas

The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel.