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Hearing on nuclear plant spurs debate

The South Texas Project is an essential part of the Bay City area economy, said local leaders who support plans to extend licenses for the nuclear power plant.  More »

OPEC cuts oil output to 14-month low amid economic uncertainty

OPEC reduced its production to the lowest level in 14 months as budget wrangles in the U.S., uncertain impact of stimulus measures in Japan and Europe’s struggle to boost growth cloud outlook for fuel demand.  More »
A cross with the words "promises made," referring to promises made by BP and government officials responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, stands in a front yard in Grand Isle, La., on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Gulf disaster victims’ loved ones tell of grief

One has suffered nightmares. Another says she’s lost a piece of her heart. A third laments that companies put money ahead of safety. The sentiments come from victim impact statements filed with the court and released this week by relatives of workers killed in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.  More »
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Carl Icahn (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

Icahn’s stake put new pressure on Transocean

Carl Icahn’s new stake in Transocean Ltd. (RIG) may raise pressure on the world’s largest offshore driller to put some of its rigs into a tax-advantaged partnership as the billionaire seeks to boost his investment’s value.  More »
Wind turbines produce green energy in Nauen near Berlin, Germany. (Ferdinand Ostrop/AP)

Mitsubishi invests $770m in German offshore wind

Japan’s Mitsubishi is investing $770 million in developing German offshore wind farms.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Alaska gov proposing oil tax revamp

Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing an overhaul of Alaska’s oil tax structure, saying his new plan is simpler and aimed at making the state more competitive while encouraging new production.  More »
In a Nov. 26, 2012 photo, a road leads to a natural gas well near Weatherford, Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had evidence the gas company's drilling operation contaminated nearby families' drinking water with explosive methane, and possibly cancer-causing chemicals, but withdrew its enforcement action, leaving the families with no useable water supply, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. The EPA's decision to roll back its initial claim that hydraulic fracturing, or ?fracking,? operations had contaminated the water is the latest case in which the federal agency initially linked drilling to water contamination and then softened its position, drawing criticism from Republicans and industry officials who insisted they proved the agency was inefficient and too quick to draw conclusions. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

EPA changed course after oil company protested

When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family’s drinking water had begun “bubbling” like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: An oil company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.  More »

General Electric wins $500M contract with Brazilian oil giant

GE will supply equipment and services for Petrobras’ floating production and storage facilities in the Santos Basin, off the state of Sao Paulo.  More »
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaving

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave his post in March with a mixed legacy on energy development, having approved the nation’s first major wind and solar installations on federal lands, but drawing fire from energy companies for “sluggish” permitting of oil and gas projects on U.S. property.  More »
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Opening forebodes long, contentious trial over fuel additive

Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire and petroleum giants ExxonMobil and Citgo mocked their opponents’ evidence and disparaged their witnesses for a second day Tuesday as they prepared jurors for a long, contentious trial over the gasoline additive MTBE.  More »
An ethanol plant in Missouri  (AP file photo/Southeast Missourian, Aaron Eisenhauer)

Court rules against Big Oil in dispute over ethanol blend

Despite protests from the oil industry, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow a challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency decision encouraging more ethanol to be blended into gasoline.  More »
A Texas power plant operates natural gas and coal-fired units. (AP Photo)

Natural gas storage gives power plants flexibility

Natural gas storage for electric generation is helping to make the resource a flexible fuel for on-demand power production, speakers at a Houston conference said Tuesday.  More »