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With federal inspectors watching, Shell deploys its Arctic well capping stack in the Puget Sound. (Photo: Shell Oil Co.)

Shell: Oil spill barge close to beginning Arctic journey

The newly renovated barge that Shell is counting on to help clean up any oil spill in Arctic waters may soon be ready to set sail from a Washington state shipyard.  More »
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Shell adds acquisition firepower as cash flow cuts debt

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is building the firepower to make acquisitions as record cash flow cuts debt to the lowest level in three years.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Gas industry advertising shifts toward issues

Black-and-white images show steelworkers inside a mill. They walk outside and hand a short section of pipe to a natural gas crew, shown in full color.  More »
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Chevron says fire contained at refinery in SF Bay area

Thousands of East Bay residents were ordered to stay in their homes with the windows and doors closed Monday night after a series of explosions and fires tore through Chevron’s Richmond refinery.  More »
The Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Coast Guard prepares for expanded Arctic role

The Coast Guard is ready for expanded activity in Arctic waters, including petroleum exploration, Commandant Robert Papp told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Monday, even though the nearest agency base is more than 750 miles southeast of the Bering Strait, on Kodiak Island.  More »
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Wind-energy developers get access to U.S. land used by Pentagon

The U.S. will give wind- and solar- energy companies access to 16 million acres of federal land previously set aside for military testing and training.  More »
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Black Hills to shutter some coal-fired plants

Black Hills Corp. said Monday that its utilities will close some older coal-fired power plants because it would cost too much to bring them in compliance with new federal and state environmental regulations.  More »
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EPA agrees to fine with Yuma Ethanol

Federal regulators say Yuma Ethanol LLC has agreed to pay $5,850 to settle allegations of violating risk-management rules under the Clean Air Act.  More »
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Kinder Morgan entities form pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will buy Tennessee Gas Pipeline from Kinder Morgan Inc. in a $6.2 billion deal, part of a maneuver to gain regulatory approval for its El Paso Corp. acquisition.  More »
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Tesoro earns $13.1 million in second quarter

San Antonio-based pipeline partnership Tesoro Logistics earned $13.1 million in the second quarter.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Study links Texas earthquakes to drilling disposal wells

Most recent earthquakes in North Texas happened close to injection wells used to dispose wastewater from oil and gas drilling in the region, according to new research published this week.  More »
Flowers grow in front of a sign at the Chesapeake campus in Oklahoma City.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Asset sales boost Chesapeake profit, but operations income falls

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s second-quarter profit rose because of asset sales, but without those gains the giant natural gas producer made $3 million, compared with more than half a billion dollars a year ago, because of low prices for the commodity.  More »