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Activists engage in civil disobedience Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the White House in Washington, D.C., in hopes of pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

Activists threaten massive protests against Keystone

If the State Department determines Keystone XL is in the national interest, it will unleash the “biggest burst of peaceful civil disobedience in modern history,” said Becky Bond, the political director of activist group CREDO.  More »

Spring gasoline price spike ends early, as demand drops

It’s a traditional rite of spring, like cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. or dust storms in the Permian Basin. But this year’s gasoline price spike started early and appears to have ended early.  More »

Brain tumor claims Contango’s Kenneth Peak

Contango companies chairman Kenneth Peak has died after brain cancer diagnosis.  More »
(Photo: Gerard Van der Leun, Flickr)

Houstonians bullish on the future of energy stocks

The average Houstonian stock portfolio includes a 20 percent investment in energy stocks, according to a study released Monday morning.  More »
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Halliburton in settlement talks to resolve Gulf spill claims

Oil field services firm Halliburton said Monday it has entered into settlement discussions to resolve a substantial portion of private claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The news came as Halliburton reported an $18 million loss in the first quarter.  More »
Loren Steffy test drives a Tesla Roadser (Photo: Marcy Zlotnik)

Steffy: After 9 years, a fond farewell

In the old days of news­papers, when copy was still edited on paper, the symbol -30- was used to mark the end of the story.  More »

BP may delay Gulf of Mexico Mad Dog 2 field’s development

BP Plc (BP/), Europe’s second-largest oil company, said it’s reviewing plans to develop the Mad Dog 2 oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, citing market conditions and industry inflation.  More »
Smoke rises from Unit 3 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

IAEA: Japan nuke cleanup may take more than 40 yrs

A U.N. nuclear watchdog team said Japan may need longer than the projected 40 years to decommission its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant and urged its operator to improve plant stability.  More »
(Image: Aidan Jones/Flickr)

Somalia targets Shell, Eni for oil, gas output-sharing contracts

Somalia plans to sign 30 oil and gas production-sharing contracts this year, starting with companies that operated in the country before its government was toppled more than two decades ago, an official said.  More »
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

Natural gas site burns in Wyoming, no one hurt

A natural gas storage site in southwestern Wyoming exploded but no one was hurt, and firefighters waited most of the day Sunday to allow the flames to die down so they could investigate.  More »
(AP Photo / David Vincent)

Pa. wind energy soars in 2012, but total is small

Wind energy installations almost doubled in Pennsylvania last year, but the industry still provides only about 1 percent of the state’s electricity, far behind Iowa, Texas and others.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Ky. plant to make fertilizer from coal byproducts

Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators are visiting a Louisville power plant Monday morning to unveil a new recycling facility that will turn the byproducts of coal-burning into agricultural fertilizer.  More »