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A worker starts to clean up oil after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Ark. (AP Photo/The Log Cabin Democrat, Angela Spencer)

Exxon developing excavation plan for Pegasus oil pipeline spill

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is developing an excavation and removal plan for a damaged section of its 96,000 barrel-a-day Pegasus crude pipeline, which was shut after a leak was discovered in Arkansas on March 29.  More »
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

Japan moves to revamp troubled power industry

Japan’s Cabinet has approved a proposal to revamp its troubled electricity industry and foster more competition by obliging utilities to split power generation and distribution into separate businesses.  More »

Federal judge rules against Transocean in spill subpoena challenge

A federal court on Monday rejected Transocean’s request to dismiss subpoenas for records tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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Shown is a subdivision in Mayflower, Ark., where a pipeline ruptured near a drainage ditch, leaking oil into a stream that flows to Lake Conway. Officials said area residents could be displaced for weeks. (AP Photo/The Log Cabin Democrat, Alan English)

Arkansas spill stokes new fears about Keystone XL (video)

Videos and pictures of diluted bitumen spilled from an Exxon Mobil pipeline in Mayflower, Ark., are stoking new fears about Keystone XL, as the Obama administration nears a decision on authorizing the $7 billion project.  More »
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 »
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GMX files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The Oklahoma City company filed in the Western District of Oklahoma.  More »
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 »