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West Texas crude at 7-month low

September crude dropped 2 percent while October decreased 1 percent.  More »
Cleanup is underway near the Beckjord Power Plant, in New Richmond, Ohio, after an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann)

Fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Duke Energy said the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.  More »
A surge in natural gas motor fuels helped boost Texas sales tax revenue in the first half of 2014, the state reported. (Craig Hartley/Bloomberg)

Texas sees surge in tax revenue from natural gas motor fuels

As more consumers embrace natural gas vehicles, Texas is seeing a surge in sales tax revenue, more than double what the state was expecting to collect by mid-year.  More »
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A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.  More »
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Texas price gap widens as oil production rises

A backlog of Permian Basin oil sent the price of crude in Midland $19 below the U.S. benchmark during Tuesday trading morning and $21 dollars below by the end of the day, the widest gap on records that stretch back to 1991.  More »
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $55 million to 31 projects, including two overseen by Texas research firms, to improve improve vehicle fuel efficiencies. ( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Texas research groups to study clean vehicle technology

Two Texas research groups landed government grants to study new technologies that improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs as part of the Obama administration’s promotion of clean vehicles.  More »
A male sage grouse performs  his "strut." (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

Conservationists: Collaboration can protect grouse and drilling

The best way to protect the greater sage grouse while keeping drill bits turning in Western states is for environmentalists and oil companies to work together on safeguarding the bird’s habitat, conservationists said Monday.  More »
Gov. Tom Corbett. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

Environmentalists say Pa. health registry needed

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department’s handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.  More »
This Nov. 6, 2011 file photo shows pieces of a chimney that toppled and went through the roof after an earthquake in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Less shake from artificial quakes

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.  More »
A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.  More »
A Peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory on top of an armoured vehicle on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants 20 kilometres east of Mosul, on Monday.  Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive Monday against jihadists after retaking Iraq's largest dam, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement. AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Crude oil falls 1 percent to $96.41

Kurdish and Iraqi forces seized control of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic State militants.  More »
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EIA to cast new data into oil export debate

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is on track next month to issue two highly anticipated reports that will shape the debate over exporting crude, including an analysis of how the price of oil around the globe affects gasoline costs inside the United States.  More »
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