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EPA proposes stricter standards for soot pollution

Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air.  More »
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Tesla opts for cozy spots in malls

Tesla Motors is trying a different approach to attract a customer base.  More »
Workers join sections of pipe on a Trinidad Drilling rig leased by Chesapeake Energy north of Douglas, Wyo. Photo: Alan Rogers / Copyright 2012 CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Investors wonder if Chesapeake can keep it simple

Cash-strapped Chesapeake Energy Corp. has scrambled in recent weeks to respond to investor criticisms about its leadership and strategy, but just how much the company will change remains to be seen.  More »
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Bob Reiss, author of "The Eskimo and the Oil Man," a book about Arctic oil exploration. (Photo: Bill Schmoker)

Q&A: Author talks challenges, compromises for Shell in Arctic

In “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” author Bob Reiss tells the story of planned oil exploration in Arctic waters through the eyes of an Inupiat leader from the North Slope and Shell Alaska’s vice president. Reiss fields our questions about the book and what he learned during his research.  More »
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Unpredictable clean-energy policies hurt U.S., Senator says

The lack of consistent U.S. support for clean-energy production has put the nation at a disadvantage with China, where the government has been investing in companies, a senior Senate Democrat said.  More »
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FAA felt offshore wind farm pressure

Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod and did so amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety, according to FAA documents obtained by the project’s opponents.  More »
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Shell concerned after French Guiana drilling permits halted

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil producer, said it’s “obviously concerned” at reports France suspended drilling permits for French Guiana.  More »
Oil workers at the West Qurna Phase 2 field in the Basra region of Iraq in 2010.  (AP file photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

Again a power in OPEC, Iraq could shift landscape

Iraq’s rapidly expanding oil production is likely to complicate OPEC’s efforts to influence world prices as the country re-emerges as a major player after 20 years on the sidelines due to sanctions and strife.  More »
In 2007,  John Fenton and others examine neighbor Louis Meeks' water in Pavillion, Wyo., where federal officials have studied reports of groundwater contamination from hydraulically fractured wells. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dustin Bleizeffer, File)

Top Wyo. oil-gas regulator quits after remarks

Wyoming’s top regulator of oil and gas development has resigned after he remarked at a conference that greed and desire for compensation motivate people who assert that hydraulic fracturing has contaminated their groundwater.  More »
Actor Kevin Costner, left, arrives at a screening of "The Company Men" during American Film Institute's AFI Fest 2010 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010; and at right, actor Stephen Baldwin attends the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in New York. A New Orleans courtroom will be the setting for a real-life drama that casts Hollywood stars Costner and Baldwin in adversarial roles. A trial is scheduled to open Monday, June 4, 2012, for a lawsuit that Baldwin filed against Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal suit claims Costner and a business partner duped Baldwin and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges after the April 2010 spill. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, Evan Agostini)

Jury sides with Costner in BP spill lawsuit

The panel deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before delivering the verdict.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP Engineer faces February trial

A former BP engineer charged with destroying evidence sought for a U.S probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will face a Feb. 25 trial, a judge said.  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)

Offshore drilling chief examines Shell’s Arctic rigs & equipment

The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator on Thursday completed a two-day visit to the equipment Shell plans to use to drill in waters near Alaska this summer.  More »
An oil pump works in the Persian Gulf desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

OPEC leaves production quota unchanged

While agreeing to hold the output target steady, however, the statement suggested that OPEC ministers were ready to come together on short notice if prices fell to levels dictating a production cutback.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Report: Slashing sulfur emissions from gasoline not as costly as industry thinks

A plan to slash the amount of sulfur emissions allowed from gasoline would hike prices at the pump about a cent per gallon, according to a study released today.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Chesapeake shares up 11 percent over the last month

Stock in cash-strapped Chesapeake Energy Corp. is currently up 11 percent over the last month, with investors showing mild optimism after several recent company changes in response to widespread criticism.  More »