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Internal combustion engine may see a makeover

The internal combustion is still king of the roadways, but some manufacturers are looking into ways to maximize the efficiency of the engine.  More »
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Philadelphia hopes peer pressure could prompt energy changes

The Philadelphia City Council is hoping companies can learn energy conservation from each other by require owners of large commercial buildings to record their yearly water and energy usage.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

North Texas has another minor earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.6 magnitude quake happened around 4 a.m. Tuesday in North Texas.  More »
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The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

New Motiva crude unit faces months-long repair

Weeks after a ceremony marking a $10 billion expansion, Motiva has shut down a major new unit of its Port Arthur refinery and authorities are investigating a chemical leak and small fires that have tarnished the project’s startup.  More »
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Chesapeake shares drop after report of land talks

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s already-battered stock dropped more than 8 percent Monday after a published report suggested the natural gas giant colluded with a Canadian company to depress land prices.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Encana starts probe after Chesapeake e-mails report

Encana Corp. (ECA), Canada’s biggest natural gas producer by volume, is investigating a news report of e-mails between it and Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) regarding land-lease bidding in Michigan.  More »
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KKR raises $4 billion for deals in infrastructure, energy

KKR & Co. (KKR), the private-equity firm run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, has gathered about $4 billion to invest in infrastructure and energy deals as the firm looks beyond corporate takeovers.  More »
A worker removes the oil extracted under a thick layer of salt beneath the ocean floor, at Petrobras P-34' platform offshore Brazil.  (AP file photo/Eraldo Peres)

Petrobras looks past Lula for next big find

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the world’s biggest deepwater oil producer, is looking past its largest discoveries to avoid a fate similar to Mexico, where output has plummeted 25 percent since 2004.  More »
A boat of tourists moves on Dubai creek, with the city skyline in the background in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP file photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Energy companies launch venture for Oman refinery

Government-owned energy companies in Oman and the United Arab Emirates are launching a joint venture to build an oil refinery and petrochemical complex in a port town on Oman’s Arabian Sea coast.  More »

SA driller reports slowdown in Eagle Ford contracts

Pioneer Drilling lowered its expectations for the second quarter, saying falling prices for oil and natural gas liquids are reducing demand for its services  More »
The Kulluk conical drilling rig sits in a Seattle shipyard, where it has undergone hundreds of millions of dollars of renovations to ready it for planned Arctic drilling this summer. Shell plans to use the Kulluk and another vessel, the Noble Discoverer, to sink up to five wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell tests Arctic capping stack for feds

Shell tested its first line of defense against runaway Arctic oil wells for federal inspectors on Monday, marking a major step in the company’s final preparations to launch exploratory drilling in seas north of Alaska.  More »
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Power demand sets June record

Texas power demand set a June record as temperatures climbed past 100 degrees on Monday.  More »