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A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Texas offers $5.7M in grants for alt fuel vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering $5.7 million in grants to replace diesel vehicles with ones that use hybrid or alternative energy technology.  More »
Volunteer Nikki Hughes supports Raine at the rehabilitation facility in Galveston. The dolphin was found stranded Thanksgiving weekend on Sargent Beach in Matagorda County. / HC

Galveston dolphin deaths investigated

Researchers are trying to determine whether more than 100 dolphins stranded on the Texas coast, most of them in Galveston, died because of the BP oil spill, a deadly algal bloom or some undetermined cause.  More »
A cloud of natural gas spews from an out-of-control gas well owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, about 10 miles northeast of Douglas, Wyo. Residents living without 2 1/2 miles of the well have been given the choice to evacuate. The well blew out Tuesday afternoon and no injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

Changes still to take shape at Chesapeake

Shareholders of Chesapeake Energy Corp., who have seen the value of their shares fall 40 percent over the last year, have yet to see how substantially the debt-heavy gas producer will change as four of its directors are set to be thrown out.  More »
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Motiva may shut a Port Arthur crude unit up to 5 months

Motiva is investigating a mechanical issue that caused a shutdown.  More »
Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after he was freed on bail. The former BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle

Judge won’t step aside in a BP obstruction case

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval in New Orleans said prosecutors and defense attorneys indicated they have no concerns about his impartiality.  More »
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U.S. clears India, 6 others from Iran oil sancations

The Obama administration on Monday exempted India and six other nations from U.S. economic sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil.  More »
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Coal-generated electricity hits historic low

Coal’s popularity in the power industry has hit its lowest level since at least 1973, generating 34 percent of the electricity in March.  More »

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 »
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 »