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Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has found.  More »

Gasoline rises most in three months at U.S. pumps

Retail gasoline in the U.S. rose the most since February in the past week after crude costs increased and refinery outages on the West Coast disrupted supplies.  More »

BP plans to start drilling program off Australia in 2015-2016

BP Plc (BP/), Europe’s second-largest oil company, expects to start its proposed deep-water drilling campaign off southern Australia in late 2015 or early 2016 and to obtain a drilling rig before the end of this year.  More »
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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)

Pipelines spill three times as much oil as trains

Pipelines in North America spilled three times as much crude oil as trains for comparative distances over an eight-year period, the International Energy Agency said today in a study it based on U.S. Department of Transportation data.  More »
Clean up crews  work to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Exxon challenges $1.7M Yellowstone spill penalty

Exxon Mobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties proposed by federal safety regulators who faulted the oil company over a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  More »
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Mead unveils Wyo. energy policy 2 years in making

Gov. Matt Mead on Monday unveiled a state energy policy two years in the making that calls for maintaining Wyoming’s position as the top energy-exporting state while preserving its wild, scenic and pristine landscapes.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Environmentalists praise fed ruling on San Onofre

Environmentalists celebrated a federal order Monday that they said opened the way for a more detailed review of a plan to restart the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.  More »
Gas prices are displayed at a Hess station in Hoboken, N.J. The price of oil has declined to its low for the year on continued doubts about Europe's ability to pay off massive government debts. Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.57 to $94.56 per barrel in New York. It dipped to $93.65 per barrel earlier Monday, May 14, the lowest since mid-December. (AP Photo/CX Matiash)

Hess to add two Elliott directors if company slate elected

Hess Corp. will add two directors from dissident shareholder Elliott Management Corp.’s board nominees if the company’s five candidates are elected on May 16, calling it a “resolution to end” a divisive proxy contest.  More »
Women's energy network

Women’s Energy Network launches S. Texas group

The newest WEN chapter joins those in Houston and five other regions. Goals of the group include fostering women’s careers in the field and developing women leaders.  More »
Trucks drive south on Highway 85 near Williston, N.D., in the state's oil patch region. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)

Rules of the (oil field) road

Energy and trucking groups have collaborated to craft driving recommendations for oil and gas boom areas, including the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.  More »
Financier Carl Icahn attends a news conference in 2006 in New York. (Shiho Fukada/AP)

Transocean chairman’s retirement: submission or strategy?

The sudden announcement Monday that Transocean’s board chairman plans to retire could be viewed as an acknowledgement that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has the votes to get the incumbent ousted at this week’s contentious annual meeting.  More »
George Mitchell

Gov. Perry honors shale pioneer George Mitchell

Gov. Rick Perry made a rare appearance on the Texas House floor to honor shale drilling pioneer George Mitchell, whose innovations led to the current oil and gas drilling boom that has boosted the state’s bottom line.  More »

Commentary: Environmentalists are hurting the US economy

Last month, Earth Day came and went. Perhaps you missed hearing about it. For 2013, the theme was “The Face of Climate Change.” Other than a change in the Post Office cancellation mark on your letters from the usual wavy lines, to the four stick-like wind turbines and a sun symbol, there was little note of what was once an event celebrated by 20 million Americans.  More »
Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

Energy security, power and technology

A team of journalism graduate students published a detailed project last week on energy security, geopolitics and technology that debunks several national myths about oil.  More »
Jim Holl, a geoscientist, interprets seismic data. (E. Joe Deering/Chronicle).

Feds study Gulf wildlife to make way for wind turbines

Two federal agencies are laying the foundation for wind turbines in the Gulf of Mexico, by launching a study of the effects seismic research poses on whales and fish in the region.  More »