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Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels.
The Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer is anchored at Bath Iron Works in Maine. Shipbuilders plan to bring military-grade jet fuel aboard the Navy's biggest destroyer in July 2014, in preparation for lighting off some of the world's largest marine turbines for the first time. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Stealthy warship getting jet fuel to prep for high-tech power system

Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard the Navy’s biggest destroyer in preparation for firing up some of the world’s largest marine turbines this summer.
An abandoned watchtower and lines of barbed wire are seen surrounding Iraq's largest oil refinery as smoke rises from a petroleum gas flare, in the city of Beiji, north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Iraq militants launch fresh raid on oil refinery

Sunni militants launched a dawn raid Wednesday on a key Iraqi oil refinery they have been trying to take for days but were repelled by security forces, a commander on the scene said.
Soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules in Juba, South Sudan. Gunfire hit three U.S. military CV-22 Osprey aircraft Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 trying to evacuate American citizens in Bor, the capital of the remote region of Jonglei state in South Sudan, that on Saturday became a battle ground between South Sudan's military and renegade troops. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Micah Theurich)

Rebels hold key oil capital in South Sudan

South Sudan’s central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state on Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world’s newest country.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appears at a news conference at the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. military is looking for ways to expand operations in the vast waters of the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes, and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits. Hagel says climate, energy and security issues revolving around the Arctic will continue to grow in importance. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

US eyes increase in Arctic operations

The U.S. wants to make sure it is not left behind as countries like Russia, China, Canada and Norway map out plans ranging from gas and oil exploration to research and military exercises.
Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi wave Egyptian national flags during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Apache comments on Egypt operations amid unrest

Continued violence in Egypt has not affected the operations of Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp, one of the biggest energy players in that country.
Ted McIntyre, CEO of Turbine Power Technology, stands by a turbine engine from a Chinook helicopter that is being refurbished for use in a hydraulic fracturing unit. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Redeployment: Battlefield engines take on oil field mission

Two companies believe they have the key to next generation of hydraulic fracturing — using retired military helicopter engines to build the pressure pump systems and running them completely on low-cost natural gas. View photos and videos of the unique technology.
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Fuel tanker reportedly hijacked off Nigeria coast

Pirates hijacked a fuel tanker off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich delta, taking Pakistani and Nigerian sailors hostage in the latest attack targeting the region, private security officials said Tuesday.
John Rynd is Chief Executive Officer and President of Houston-based Hercules Offshore.

Guest Commentary: Diminishing workforce poses big challenge for offshore firms

John Rynd, CEO and president of Houston-based Hercules Offshore, says the company is attacking the workforce shortage on multiple fronts, including trainee programs and military recruitment.
The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

Algeria hostage crisis ends; Katy man killed

Katy resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in the attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria. Another Houston-area man also was taken captive. His fate is unknown.