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Coal ash is scooped up on a canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at coal ash dump

Duke Energy had downplayed concerns water in the pipe is contaminated.  More »
Tankers in the Houston Ship Channel. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Port Bureau president lauds energy’s role in boosting Houston exports (video)

William Diehl, president of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, spoke to Platts Energy Weekly on Sunday about the energy-fueled rise in exports and the construction boom along the channel.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

U.S. cold, Chinese growth help lift oil above $102

The price of oil stayed above $100 a barrel Tuesday on expectations cold weather in the U.S. and steady Chinese growth will underpin demand.  More »
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Project Manager and engineer Katy Holst climbs stairs to the driller's cabin of Pace rig number M-52 as Nabors Drilling USA, the world's largest drilling contractor, debuts a new rig line called Pace Wednesday November 4, 2009 at its yard in Crosby. (Photo: Nathan Lindstrom for the Houston Chronicle)

Nabors quadruples takehome in fourth quarter

Rig contractor Nabors Industries Ltd. posted quadrupled fourth-quarter profits Tuesday on increased international drilling and a thaw in colder U.S. markets.  More »
(Houston Chronicle file photo)

Exxon-backed system to curb gas leaks at plants

Exxon Mobil Corp. said this week that a new leak detection system it has tested at facility in Qatar will be available for sale to other companies.  More »
A crane stands next to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) signage displayed on the company's La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, Aug.30, 2013.  (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Pemex plans to bid on deepwater in initial auction

The CEO of Mexico’s national oil company says Petroleos Mexicanos will keep a hand in deep-water and complex onshore plays as new energy policy breaks its monopoly hold on oil and gas drilling in the country.  More »
(James Nielsen/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania settles Halliburton case for $1.8 million

The state said Halliburton’s Homer City facility stored, treated and transported hydrochloric acid without obtaining proper permits between 1999 and 2011.  More »
Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke earnings rise 58 percent in 4th quarter

Duke Energy Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C., is the nation’s largest electric utility.  More »
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Why rising gasoline taxes worry the fuel sector

A growing number of drivers are paying higher prices at the pump, as lawmakers across the country continue to view gasoline taxes as a handy way to pay for highway projects.  More »
Wayne Knox, a contractor for TransCanada's Keystone XL project, looks at a pipe before it's lowered into the ground in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Speculators bullish on US oil as Keystone’s southern leg eases glut

Hedge funds became the most bullish on U.S. crude oil in more than five months as a new pipeline from Oklahoma to Gulf Coast refineries eased a supply bottleneck, driving prices above $100 a barrel.  More »
North Pole Refinery (Photo: Flint Hills Resources)

Governor defends actions for oil refinery’s future

Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration’s actions in a North Pole oil refinery’s impending closure don’t see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.  More »
Fleet vehicles, like this Waste Management truck, remain a more promising market for natural gas fuel than private cars. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Obama to talk up benefits of fuel-efficient trucks

President Barack Obama says having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help combat climate change.  More »