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The Noble Paul Romano. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

Noble commands $618K dayrate for latest Gulf of Mexico bound rig

As demand for drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow, the day rates for rigs keep climbing to dizzying heights. Noble Corporation announcing on Thursday a new three-year drilling contract with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for $618,000 per day.  More »
In this undated photo released by the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement, an aerial view of an Apollo Fuels mine near Middlesboro, Ky. where vegetation is being established during the reclamation process.

Coal operators watched from above

Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that’s been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining.  More »
The shale drilling boom has increased the interest in information about upstream energy developments. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Texas may need $2 billion to fix roads damaged by drilling activity

The surge of drilling in Texas has brought thousands of jobs for Texans, but it might come at the cost of public roads, officials said.  More »
Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Ponemon, left, tours Proinlosa Energy Corp. in Houston. Proinlosa pro-duces parts for wind turbines and benefits from a tax credit scheduled to expire at year's end. Photo: Dave Rossman / © 2012 Dave Rossman

Wind power, natural gas cars get a plug

The Obama administration touted its “all-of-the-above” energy approach in Houston on Thursday with dual promotions supporting natural gas vehicles and a federal tax credit for wind power.  More »
New oil pipes are seen under construction at a terminal facility inside Fujairah port in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi leads Gulf nations with oil pipe to avoid Iran

Abu Dhabi is exporting oil through the first Middle Eastern pipeline in three decades to circumvent the Strait of Hormuz as producers seek to nullify Iranian threats to block the shipping chokepoint.  More »
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Tanzania will auction additional deep water block near gas finds

Tanzania will auction an additional deep water oil and gas block in its next bidding round near the sea border of Mozambique, where companies including Eni SpA (ENI) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) have discovered natural gas.  More »
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U.S. utility rules to allow state CO2 markets

The U.S. will probably allow states to regulate emissions from existing coal-fired power plants using carbon markets, according to the president of the International Emissions Trading Association.  More »
An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

’No more Solyndras’ bill seen hurting clean-energy innovation

A House bill introduced by Republicans in response to Solyndra LLC’s collapse may keep the U.S. from backing the latest clean-energy projects under its remaining $34 billion in loan authority, the Energy Department said.  More »
Money Roll

Gas industry contributions to Pa. politicians down

The gas drilling industry gave less money to Pennsylvania politicians in 2011, but it spent more on lobbyists.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Insurer won’t cover hydraulic fracturing exposure

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won’t cover damage related to a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground.  More »
Petroleos Mexicanos oil platforms in the Cantarell oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo: Pemex/Bloomberg)

Pemex approves 5-year plan to expand overseas

Among the plants available for sale in the U.S. are BP’s Texas City refinery.  More »
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Deputy energy chief visits Houston, promotes energy policies

Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman promoted the wind power Production Tax Credit and new federal grants for natural gas vehicles.  More »