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The San Onofre nuclear power plant along Pacific Ocean coastline in San Onofre, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

June 1 restart could be out of reach at San Onofre

Executives for the company that operates the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant sketched a future Wednesday in which one of the twin reactors restarts by summer then produces electricity after an on-off trial period for possibly years to come.  More »
A Statoil ASA oil platform off the coast of Norway. (Øyvind Hagen/Statoil ASA)

Norway’s oil future seen with ice-free arctic’s barrels

In the wake of plummeting oil output, Norway, western Europe’s biggest petroleum producer, may have found its new money spigot: an ice-free expanse of the Arctic Ocean known as the Barents Sea.  More »
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

TXU spared tax liability on $23 billion by IRS ruling

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas power company taken private six years ago in the largest leveraged buyout, won’t have to pay a potential tax liability on $23 billion when transferring ownership of some of its units, according to a decision by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  More »
Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after he was freed on bail. The former BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle

Lawyer enters not guilty plea for former BP engineer in Gulf spill case

A lawyer for a former BP engineer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
Floorhand Juan Mata, 32, of Alice, Texas walks back to the rig after talking with the toolpusher at the start of the overnight shift at a drilling site in Frio County, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Eagle Ford sale nets $401M

Houston-based Magnum Hunter Resources agreed to sell off its holdings in the Eagle Ford shale play for $401 million, deciding to instead focus on its Bakken and Marcellus shale holdings, the company said Wednesday.  More »
A BNSF Railway locomotive (BNSF Railway photo)

Environmentalists battle coal railcars

Environmental groups in Washington State are threatening legal action against rail cars carrying coal dust, alleging that the coal dust is causing environmental damage.  More »
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson speaks after receiving the Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council during the group's annual dinner at the Hilton Americas Hotel on Tuesday April 2, 2013. (Dave Rossman)

Exxon Mobil CEO on spill: ‘I’m proud of the response’

Exxon Mobil Corp’s CEO, in an exclusive interview with FuelFix, said a rupture and oil spill last week from a company pipeline in Arkansas was regrettable, but that he is proud of the quick response to the incident.  More »
The Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds: All companies should heed Arctic drilling lessons

Federal regulators have focused scrutiny on Shell’s Arctic drilling program, but top Obama administration officials say ConocoPhillips and other companies planning to search for oil in the same area better be paying attention.  More »
Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow Chemical Co. (far left) speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senate panel to scrutinize natural gas exports — again

The Senate energy committee will delve deep into issues surrounding natural gas development and transport — including the controversy surrounding potentially greater exports of the fossil fuel — during a series of roundtables in May.  More »
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

BP wind sale highlights renewable energy struggles

BP is putting its wind business on the block, its latest retreat from renewable energy as the company moves to focus on its core oil and gas operations.  More »
Wastewater trucks line up near Pleasanton, Texas.  (John Davenport / San Antonio Express-News)

Bill would set fee for oil field wastewater disposal

Texas would impose a 1-cent-per-barrel fee on oil and gas wastewater disposed of in wells under HB 379, set to be debated in the House Energy Resources Committee on Wednesday  More »
The blowout preventer that failed to stop the out-of-control flow of oil from BP's Macondo well is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico in September 2010. (Pat Semansky, AP)

Judge frees Cameron from liability in Gulf spill trial

The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Wednesday threw out remaining claims against blowout preventer maker Cameron and issued findings that could have implications on the liability of other defendants in the case.  More »