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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 »

Tesoro earns $13.1 million in second quarter

San Antonio-based pipeline partnership Tesoro Logistics earned $13.1 million in the second quarter.  More »
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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 »
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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 »
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Oil rises above $92 per barrel; pump price gains

Oil has gained nearly 20 percent since hitting a low of $77.69 in late June.  More »
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Magazine cites brazen pollution by Freeport firm

Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corp. in Freeport measured pollution by looking at air around their plant stacks, a magazine reports in saying it the company may be Texas’ most brazen polluter.  More »
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Plains to build new Texas pipelines, gas plant

Plains All American Pipeline LP said Monday that it will begin a $190 million project to expand oil pipelines near refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast and build a plant to separate liquids from natural gas.  More »
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2nd Cuban offshore oil well also a bust

A second deep-water exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico has proved a bust, Cuba’s state oil company announced Monday, dealing another blow to the island’s dreams of petroleum riches.  More »
Engineers work on a model of the Mars rover Curiosity at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars the night of Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

How to power Curiosity from a planet away

Instead of solar panels, a nuclear generator will help power Curiosity on its exploration of Mars.  More »
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Growth in natural gas supply brings benefits and risks to pipelines

Low natural gas prices and the growth in its supply has been a boon for pipeline companies, according to a recent Moody’s investor report.  More »