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Report sees a wallop to wind power if tax credit ends

Wind energy is giving a boost to the economy, but will falter if Congress doesn’t renew a tax credit set to expire this year, the Energy Department says.  More »
A mutated adult pale grass blue (Zizeeria maha) butterfly from Fukushima. (Photo: Handout)

Mutated butterflies found near Fukushima

Researchers found dozens of mutated butterflies near the site of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, prompting officials to say it’s the first sign of damage to the local ecosystem.  More »
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Seachlights over the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Olympic Stadium’s chemically produced wrap getting recycled

Dow Chemical’s signature contribution to London’s Olympic Stadium – the “wrap” that enclosed the venue – will be taken down and recycled for use in shelters in Uganda and Brazil, the company said Monday.  More »
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Pipe maker moving Illinois headquarters to Houston

TMK IPSCO, the U.S. arm of Russia’s largest pipe manufacturer, will move its headquarters from Downers Grove. Ill, the company has announced  More »
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BP looks to positives in effort to sell Texas City refinery

Refineries don’t often have curb appeal, all-new kitchens, quaint charm or many of the other amenities folks use to sell houses.  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)

Fracking hazards obscured in failure to disclose wells

Seeking to quell environmental concerns about the chemicals it shoots underground to extract oil and natural gas, Apache Corp. (APA) told shareholders in April that it disclosed information about “all the company’s U.S. hydraulic fracturing jobs” on a website last year.  More »
Firefighting crews continue to pour water onto a unit after a fire at a Chevron refinery on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Aric Crabb)

Refinery fire site too dangerous for investigators

Federal and state investigators were trying to determine how to safely enter the area where a fire broke out in a Chevron refinery last week so they can examine a failed pipe blamed for the blaze.  More »
Area residents line up outside the injury attorney offices of R. Nicholas Haney in Richmond, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, to pick up a claim form in response to the Chevron refinery fire that impacted the community. Investigators are waiting for access to the charred crude oil unit of a Chevron refinery where a fire sent a towering plume of black smoke into San Francisco Bay area skies and pushed gas prices higher along the West Coast. Hundreds of people went to hospitals with respiratory issues during the fire at the Richmond refinery that produces 16 percent of the region's daily gasoline supply. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Laura A. Oda) MANDATORY CREDIT

Chevron considered replacing pipe

Chevron officials initially deemed the pipe that failed dramatically last week, causing a major fire at its Richmond refinery, as possibly needing replacement last year but ultimately cleared it for five more years of service, The Chronicle has learned.  More »
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Industry criticizes Obama plan for Alaska drilling

A proposal by President Barack Obama’s administration to expand drilling to about half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve drew complaints from the oil industry, which wants the entire area opened, while environmentalists applauded the plan.  More »
Photo shows the remains of 2012 Fisker Karma after a fire engulfed the vehicle last week.(Courtesy of Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor law firm)

Fisker looks into California fire involving plug-in Karma

Fisker Automotive Inc., a maker of luxury plug-in hybrid cars backed by U.S. government loans, is reviewing the cause of a California fire involving its $103,000 Karma sedan, the second such incident this year.  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)

Solyndra agrees to settle suit over layoffs

Bankrupt solar company Solyndra has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle accusations that it failed to properly notify employees they would losing their jobs.  More »
Union Pacific Railroad restored passenger train in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Kevin Clark, File)

Union Pacific to study low-emissions locomotives

Union Pacific said on Monday that it will spend $20 million testing low-emissions locomotives in California.  More »