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Cyprus Fate Hangs In The Balance As Bailout Deadline Looms

Hess selling a Russian business to Lukoil

The deal will be reviewed by Russian antitrust regulators.  More »
Thousands of birds die in collisions with wind turbines. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

New month brings unlikely energy news

A libertarian think tank proposes a “cat and trade” plan to address bird deaths by wind turbines, as the energy world is hit by unusual news at the beginning of the new quarter.  More »
(Photo: Brian Turner/Flickr)

GMX files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The Oklahoma City company filed in the Western District of Oklahoma.  More »
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A Kinder Morgan Energy Parterns oil terminal along the Houston Ship Channel (Photo: Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan providing storage facilities for new methanol plant

Pipeline-and-energy storage king Kinder Morgan announced on Monday plans a new long-term contract with Methanex Corporation to store the company’s methanol at its Geismar, La terminal.  More »
This undated aerial file photo shows the Dominion Liquified Natural Gas facility in Lusby, Md. Hoping to capitalize on a boom in natural gas production, a Virginia-based energy company is submitting a 12,000-page application to federal regulators to build a $3.4 billion plant in southern Maryland to export liquefied natural gas. Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources Inc. wants to expand its existing Cove Point plant in Lusby, Md., to produce liquefied natural gas for export.  (AP Photo/ Matt Houston, File)

Dominion moves ahead with Maryland gas export project

Some consumer advocates have opposed large-scale exportation of natural gas, saying it could increase prices for U.S. customers.  More »

Outdated software could cause offshore troubles

Computer systems that keep offshore drilling rigs running safely are among the most vulnerable to security threats because of old software that oil companies have been reluctant to update.  More »
The Memorial Bridge downriver closed to vehicle traffic in 2011 to allow for a replacement bridge to be built. (Jim Cole/AP)

Oil tanker hits bridge, span closed

A heavily traveled bridge that links Maine and New Hampshire was closed to traffic Monday after an oil tanker broke loose from a pier and struck the span, but there was no sign of a spill and no reports of injuries, officials said.  More »
Reliant Energy's "Sweet Deal" plan offers customers a free 13th month of electricity after a year-long term.

Electricity plans tout savings with gimmicks (video)

Direct Energy today launched the latest offer in what has become an increasingly competitive and gimmicky electricity market, including Reliant Energy’s “sweet deal” donut ad voiced by Matthew McConaughey.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water as the sky is reflected in sheen on Barataria Bay, off the coast of Louisiana, in this June, 7, 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/Charlie Riedel, File)

Gulf spill claims administrator says BP complaint lacks merit

The claims administrator overseeing the multi-billion dollar settlement reached last year between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says BP’s complaint that he is violating the terms of the deal should be thrown out because he has immunity from being sued and he is simply following court directives.  More »
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

‘We were on this before the oil spill,’ Salazar says

In a Q&A with FuelFix, outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reflects on his tenure in Washington, D.C., including a brush with Texas Gov. Rick Perry over the dunes lizard, reforming regulation of the offshore oil industry, and a Senate that actually got things done.  More »

Texas firm to build four rigs for Mexican oil giant

Texas drilling rig manufacturer Integrated Drilling Equipment Company Holdings has inked a deal to build four modular offshore platform rigs for a unit of Mexican national oil company Pemex for more than $350 million.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer can skip Gulf spill arraignment

A former BP engineer from Katy, Texas has filed a notice of his intent to plead not guilty to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and a judge has granted him permission not to show up at his scheduled arraignment this week.  More »