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Waves crash over the drilling unit Kulluk where it sat aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Jan. 1, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class/Jonathan Klingenberg.)

Coast Guard to take testimony on Shell’s Arctic grounding

The Coast Guard will kick off hearings Monday on how a Shell rig used for Arctic Ocean exploratory drilling ended up aground off a remote Alaska island.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Enbridge Energy cleans up 2,500-barrel crude leak at Cushing terminal

Oil leaked from a trunk line connected to a tank on the property, then flowed outside of a berm into a containment pond, according to a National Response Center filing.  More »
FILE--In this 2010 file photo, an oil well undergoes testing in the Lake Albertine region of western Uganda. Even before the first drops flow, Uganda's oil sector is beset by bribery allegations against officials, tax-related cases abroad that cost the government millions in legal fees, and the alleged interference of a president whose firm control of the sector worries transparency campaigners. (AP Photo/Monitor Publications Ltd, File)

Politics, bribery charges swirl around Uganda oil

Uganda, which has confirmed oil deposits of about 3.5 billion barrels, wants to extract at least 1.2 billion barrels over the next three decades. That figure could rise when more oil blocks are put up for exploration later this year, potentially making Uganda one of Africa’s top oil producers.  More »
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Texas House OKs utility-backed bill affecting rate cases

At issue is money that transmission companies collect from customers in advance to cover federal taxes on company profits.  More »
G. Steven Farris, chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corp. ( Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle )

Apache CEO compensation target reduced

The target bonus for Chief Executive Officer Steve Farris was reduced to 150 percent of base salary from 200 percent, the Houston-based company said in a regulatory filing Friday.  More »

Tesoro’s purchase of BP Carson refinery on track

Tesoro Corp. is on track to become California’s largest refiner, with the company saying Friday that the Federal Trade Commission cleared the way for its planned acquisition of BP’s refinery in Carson, Calif.  More »

Texas joins other Gulf states in suing BP for environmental damage due to 2010 oil spill

Texas on Friday joined other Gulf states suing BP for environmental damage caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Judge delays trial for ex-BP engineer charged in Gulf oil spill case

A federal judge Friday ordered a delay of nearly six months in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with obstruction of justice in connection stemming from his actions after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
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Feds predict Texas will get hot, Texans will run ACs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Texas may squeeze its electric generation reserve margins as temperatures rise this summer.  More »
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Reliability, regulation among top concerns for utilities

Utilities still spend most of their money on reliability investments, but environmental projects, energy efficiency and even computer security are edging up on the list.  More »
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Feds give Texas project license to broadly export LNG

The Obama administration on Friday gave Freeport LNG approval to broadly export domestically harvested natural gas, marking only the second time a U.S. company has won such a license. The export license ensures that the Texas-based project will be able to liquefy natural gas produced by BP to Japan, Taiwan and other countries that do not have free-trade agreements with the United States.  More »
Transocean's Discover Inspiration, an ultra-deepwater drillship, is shown working in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Transocean shareholders oust chairman,but reject Icahn dividend proposal

Transocean shareholders Friday rejected billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s proposal for a $4-a-share dividend, a spokesman says.  More »
Don Lindley , new president of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners'   Natural Gas Liquids Business Development division.

Kinder Morgan bulks up its natural gas liquids expertise

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has appointed Don Lindley as the new president of its Natural Gas Liquids Business Development division, the company announced Friday.  More »
Workers tend to a wellhead during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Feds’ fracturing rule signifies Obama’s approach to natural gas

You wouldn’t know it from the oil industry’s angry reaction, but the Obama administration’s latest plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands gives more ground to the private sector at the expense of environmentalists who pushed for tougher protections. Analysts said that’s a fresh sign that the Obama administration supports shale gas development and the payoff that comes from increased domestic energy production.  More »
Total's Pazflor Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel, or FPSO.

Total looks to boost number of discoveries

Total SA plans to drill more than 60 wells this year as the third-biggest European oil company seeks to increase the size of its discoveries and expand output.  More »