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Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Regulators delay decision on nuclear plant probe

State utility regulators are postponing a decision on whether to launch an investigation into the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, an agency spokesman said.  More »
The $62 billion purchase of TNK-BP by Russia's state-owned Rosneft was the biggest oil and gas deal of 2012, a Houston firm reports.

Rosneft to more than double dividend on 2011 profit

OAO Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, plans to more than double planned dividends, boosting the payout to 25 percent of last year’s profit, following an order from President Vladimir Putin.  More »
A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Alaska’s oil pipeline marks 35-year milestone

The engineering feat that is the trans-Alaska pipeline is celebrating a milestone.  More »
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Members of a women's association shout slogans during a rally to protest against restarting the Ohi nuclear power plant's reactors at a park in Tokyo. Public opposition to resuming operations remains high, however, because of the March 2011 crisis at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that turned into the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl and a lingering distrust of an industry widely seen as opaque. (AP Photo/Itsuo  Inouye, File)

Crisis plans lag even as Japan’s reactors restart

If the Ohi nuclear reactors plunged into a Fukushima-style meltdown, the only route for escaping or for sending help would be a winding, cliff-hugging road often closed by snow in winter or clogged by beachgoers in summer.  More »
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ND regulators approve ND to Alberta pipeline

North Dakota regulators have approved construction of a pipeline from Tioga into the Canadian province of Alberta.  More »
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Sweden on alert, explosives found near nuke plant

Sweden raised the security alert for the country’s nuclear power plants Thursday after explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern atomic power station Ringhals. Police said they were investigating possible sabotage.  More »
Enterprise Products Mont Belvieu complex (Dave Rossman/For the Houston Chronicle)

Enterprise to build massive petrochemical plant

Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners plans to reach further into the petrochemical industry with a massive new plant to be build on the Texas coast by 2015, the company said Wednesday.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Inventor claims design for BP well cap stolen

Charles Adams of Radford, Va., filed a federal lawsuit last week that names as defendants several players who were involved in helping resolve the disaster.  More »
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Bill to keep lights on and protect power utilities advances in House

Electric utilities that keep the lights on to satisfy the federal government when blackouts loom would be insulated from environmental fines under bipartisan legislation advancing in the House.  More »
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Record-setting Gulf drilling auction nets $1.7 billion

The Interior Department on Wednesday held a record-setting sale of oil and gas drilling rights in the central Gulf of Mexico, with companies submitting $1.7 billion in winning bids for 454 offshore tracts and Statoil establishing a new high-water mark with its $157 million offering for a single lease.  More »
Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Supermodel speaks out against coal, support new regulations

Supermodel Elle Macpherson is speaking out strongly against a proposed bill that would cripple recently released mercury and air toxics standards.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Republicans: Obama taking too much credit for Gulf lease sale

The government is set to rake in more than $1 billion in high bids during today’s auction of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, but not everyone is celebrating the haul. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and other GOP lawmakers said the Obama administration is unfairly patting itself on the back for conducting the auction after canceling plenty of other sales.  More »