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Feds announce 1st major solar plant on tribal land

Federal officials have approved a solar plant on an Indian reservation outside Las Vegas, marking the nation’s first commercial-grade solar energy project on tribal land and new territory for the Obama administration’s renewable energy agenda.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND flared gas increases though below record levels

State records show the amount of natural gas that was burned off as a byproduct of oil production increased in April by 2 percent.  More »
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Sierra Club wants Neb. nuke plant to lose license

The Sierra Club of Iowa asked federal regulators Thursday to revoke the operating license of Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant because of its history of safety violations.  More »
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Delta gets approval for pipeline transfer

State regulators have approved a pipeline transfer that’s part of Delta Air Lines’ plan to buy a suburban Philadelphia oil refinery and produce its own jet fuel.  More »

It costs $1.36 to charge iPad for a year, group says

The study was by the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by electric utilities.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Plaintiff Steering Committee travels Gulf region to explain BP settlement

The committee that negotiated a proposed settlement of thousands of claims arising from the 2010 oil spill are explaining it to other plaintiff lawyers this week at presentations in Houston and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.  More »
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High court throws out Southern Union’s $18M fine

The Supreme Court threw out an $18 million penalty Thursday against a natural gas company convicted of violating an environmental law.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon, Total, Melrose Vie for Black Sea drilling in Bulgaria

Exxon Mobil Corp., Total SA, and Melrose Resources Plc are competing for a permit to explore for natural gas in the deep waters of the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast as the country seeks to boost local output to one third of consumption.  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

Former Conoco executive is new Chesapeake chairman

Archie W. Dunham, former chairman of Houston’s ConocoPhillips and former CEO Conoco, takes over as Chesapeake’s new independent non-executive chairman.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Houston prices continue their slow decline to $3

Gasoline prices are continuing their slow, steady decline toward $3 as prices dropped 5 cents in Houston over the past week.  More »
Ships try to control an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil government fails to benefit blocking oil firms

International oil companies looking to start exploring Brazil, home to the largest discoveries in the past decade, can’t get near the crude.  More »

Shareholders looking for strategy change for BP

BP shareholders for eager for radical changes that would let BP put the Macondo well spill and a bitter dispute with Russian partners behind the company, according to a Reuters story.  More »