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An oil-soaked bird struggles against the oil-slicked side of the HOS Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, in this May 9, 2010 file photo. A high-stakes trial to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the spill began Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge rejects BP request to block payment on some Gulf spill claims

A federal judge Friday threw out BP’s request for an injunction to block payment of what BP alleges are fictitious business economic loss claims by plaintiffs who weren’t harmed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon CEO on death: ‘It makes a big impression on you’

In an exclusive interview with FuelFix, the Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson says his personal experience with death at the company has shaped his efforts to improve safety.  More »
Brian Liu, a University of Houston student, starts up a vehicle he and his teammates plan to enter in the Shell Eco-Marathon. The marathon is a contest evaluating fuel efficiency and innovative design. Team Gladius' vehicle runs on bio-diesel called B-100 from Shell. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Eco-marathon tests life in the slow — but eco-friendly — lane

The Shell Eco-marathon, three days of futuristic car craziness, has attracted teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Guatemala to compete on design and energy efficiency. The event starts Friday at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.  More »

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Under pressure, Nabors adds a new board member

Nabors Industries has agreed to add two independent directors to its board under pressure from its largest shareholder.  More »
Texas attorney Brent Coon lost a dispute over a forged signature on a contract with a man he said he represented in the Gulf oil spill case. (Dave Ryan/The Enterprise)

Texas lawyer used forged signature in Gulf spill case, judge rules

A federal judge scolded a Texas lawyer in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill case, ruling Friday the attorney used a contract with a forged signature to assert that he represented a fisherman and was entitled to a cut of that man’s share of last year’s multibillion settlement with BP.  More »
In this image made off Japan's NTV/NNN Japan television footage, smoke ascends from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's Unit 3 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan on Monday, March 14. The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked Japan's stricken nuclear plant Monday, sending a massive column of smoke into the air and wounding 11 workers. (AP Photo/NTV/NNN Japan)

Power restored to Japan nuke plant cooling system

Power was restored Friday to a cooling system at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in Japan that failed for the second time in a month after an outage caused by construction work to keep out rats suspected of setting off the earlier blackout.  More »
A bicyclist walks by Langdell Hall, the Harvard Law Library, on the campus of the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Harvard under pressure to divest from fossil fuels

The world’s richest universities are facing a quandary. Students are demanding that over the next five years schools purge their endowments of investments in 200 publicly traded companies with the largest reserves of oil, gas and coal.  More »
Carl Icahn (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Transocean purchases cost shareholders billions, Icahn says

Transocean Ltd. (RIG)’s management “destroyed approximately $11 billion of shareholder value” by buying Global Santa Fe and Aker, billionaire investor Carl Icahn said.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Opponents against Alaska oil tax overhaul rally

Opponents of a proposed oil tax overhaul rallied across the state, including on the steps of the state Capitol, Thursday, while a rewritten tax bill advanced in the Alaska House.  More »
A drilling rig works the Marcellus shale in Houston, Pa.  (AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Penn State launches ‘world’s premier’ energy center

Pennsylvania State University is gunning to become the global beacon for natural gas research and learning, seeking to fill what the school says is a gap in study into the booming domestic fuel.  More »
Man walks by solar panels in China (AP photo)

Japan to become largest solar market after China

Japan will probably become the largest solar market in the world after China this year, boosted by an incentive program that offers above-market rates for energy from renewable sources, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a research note.  More »
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Central Texas power plant to double in size

Officials say a natural gas-fueled power plant in Central Texas will double in size and supply power to approximately 1.5 million homes.  More »
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Pipeline pitched to ship Bakken oil across Wyo.

Hiland Crude has proposed to build a nearly 500-mile pipeline that would feed oil from North Dakota’s booming Bakken oil field into another pipeline in eastern Wyoming.  More »
A member of ExxonMobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (Courtney Spradlin /AP/Log Cabin Democrat)

Arkansas sets deadline for Exxon spill documents

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set an April 10 deadline for ExxonMobil to produce documents connected to the company’s oil spill in Mayflower.  More »
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Texas gasoline prices down 2 cents

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price per gallon settled at $3.51.  More »