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Seattle preps Shell oil rig for Alaska drilling

A Shell Oil rig is scheduled to depart Seattle later this month for Alaska’s North Slope where it will drill some test wells this summer.  More »
Fire crews sprayed water on the blazing remnants of BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP file)

BP denied access to 21 government Deepwater Horizon documents

A New Orleans magistrate judge has ruled that BP will not have access to 21 documents including confidential White House e-mails during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  More »

Petroleum Club elects first female president

The Petroleum Club’s board of directors has tapped Nell St. Cyr, a senior advisor for Shell Global Solutions, to be the top officer.  More »
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An oil pump works in the Persian Gulf desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

OPEC maintains oil-output quotas as price drops

For the first time in a decade, OPEC will maintain oil-output quotas while prices plunge as Europe’s debt crisis and China’s slowing growth curb fuel demand.  More »
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Are electric and hybrid vehicles just a green illusion?

Car manufacturers are marketing new electric and hybrid vehicles as clean, cheaper alternatives to conventional gas-powered vehicles, but those vehicles could be nothing more than a green mirage, according to a new book.  More »
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Doctors react differently to fracking “gag rule”

Pennsylvania doctors are reacting harshly to a rule that they fear could prevent them from speaking to other physicians about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid.  More »
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Exxon Mobil project’s value could surpass $1 billion

The number of cranes rising from the site of the future Exxon Mobil campus is in the double digits. On any given day, about 1,000 workers are there constructing what is by far the largest real estate development built here in some time.  More »
Ecuadorans rinse off with water from a system to collect rainwater installed by veterans of the 18-year legal fight with oil firms to clean up the tribes' contaminated water. The ClearWater Project has put in 52 of the systems so far. Photo: Kayana Szymczak

Ecuador clean water charity started amid oil fight

Residents of Ecuador’s rain forest have spent 18 years fighting American oil companies that they say poisoned their water and land.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Waterless fracking firm to hire 100

A Canadian company that uses a new, waterless process in fracking operations plans to build an operations center in Floresville that will serve clients drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale, a company official said Friday.  More »
Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

$257 billion invested in renewable energy in 2011

Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending, according to a U.N. report released Monday.  More »
Retired teacher Cindy Shriner of Lafayette, Ind., drives an energy-efficient Subaru but doesn't follow recommendations for setting the thermostat. Photo: AJ Mast / FR123854 AP

Many neglect energy restraint

When it comes to saving energy, people in the United States know that driving a fuel-efficient car accomplishes more than turning off the lights at home. But that doesn’t mean they’ll do it.  More »
Shareholders have criticized Chesapeake’s board for failing to rein in what they’ve seen as Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending at the company. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

‘Tainted’ Chesapeake hears rising calls to dump McClendon

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK)’s efforts to defuse a shareholder revolt over Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s personal finances and management missteps have intensified calls for his dismissal.  More »
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Cove Energy announces another natural gas find off Mozambique

Cove Energy Plc (COV), the U.K. explorer that agreed to be bought by Thailand’s PTT Explorationa and Production Pcl, said drilling found more gas at the Rovuma Area 1 exploration block off the coast of Mozambique.  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 in Ohio sparks real estate rebound

The clamor of bulldozers on a patch of former farmland in rural Carroll County, Ohio makes Glenn Enslen, the county’s economic development director, feel “like an eight-year-old kid on Christmas morning,” he said.  More »
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IEA calls for more funds to support carbon capture technology

Governments must increase funds to support carbon capture and storage technology and ramp up efforts to improve energy efficiency or risk missing climate change targets, the International Energy Agency warned.  More »