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Texas among the worst polluters

An environmental group ranked Texas among the nation’s worst industrial polluters.  More »
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New consumer energy website lacks power players

Energy companies know that many of us have no idea how to shop for electricity.  More »

Higher gas prices expected after refinery fire

Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation’s largest oil refineries.  More »
Lower marine riser package, left, and lower blowout preventer stack shown at National Oilwell Varco in August, 2010, Houston. (Chronicle/Melissa Phillip

Rig shortage means record $4.5 billion blowout binge

The five-story-tall valve that failed to stop the biggest offshore U.S. oil spill is heading toward a $4.5 billion surge in orders as deep-water oil explorers seek to minimize costs on the world’s most expensive drilling rigs.  More »
Bubbles come to the surface where pipelines come across Bayou Corne near Pierre Part, La., in August 2012.  (AP Photo/The Baton Rouge Advocate, Bill Feig)

Sinkhole free of radiation but residents still mad

As state scientists monitored the toxicity of naturally occurring radiation at a slurry hole in Assumption Parish, residents said Thursday they were furious with their public state officials because they think they have been withholding information.  More »
The damaged No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

IAEA: Nuke plant near Fukushima largely undamaged

Nuclear experts have found that a Japanese nuclear power plant that was closer than Fukushima to the epicenter of last year’s devastating earthquake was largely undamaged because it was designed with enough safety margins.  More »
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National Oilwell Varco still in buying mood

The oilfield equipment and services firm National Oilwell Varco Inc. says it will buy Robbins & Myers Inc. for $2.5 billion.  More »
(AP file photo/Mary Altaffer)

Chesapeake shares continue rising

Chesapeake’s stock is up 17 percent and its market value has surged more than $2 billion this week.  More »
Shell's Kulluk conical drilling unit departs Seattle for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2012. (Shell Oil Co.)

Environmentalists beseech White House to block Shell’s Arctic drilling

Environmentalists who oppose Arctic drilling today made a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration and pleaded for officials to deny essential permits Shell needs to begin working on wells this summer.  More »

Thermostat thinks for itself, while saving you money

Jennifer Roane says she’s saving energy an money by using a new, self-programming thermostat.  More »
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Feds cut ethanol projections

Federal energy authorities cut their forecasts for ethanol production as a historic drought hits the corn harvest and causes prices to soar.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Houston gasoline prices are on the rise again

Gasoline prices wacky summer is continuing again as Houston prices jumped double-digits over the past week.  More »