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The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Apache awards Technip a $61-million contract for subsea installation

Apache Energy awarded Technip a $61-million contract for subsea installation off the northwestern coast of Australia, the companies announced today.  More »
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Official: Texas electric supply will be tight

The president of the Texas electric grid says the state barely has enough electric supply to meet demand this summer.  More »
Mitsubishi I Miev (Photo: Thomas B. Shea)

Dallas writer says electricity is meant for kitchen, not cars

Electric cars have taken their fair share of criticism for their performance, appearance and range, but The Dallas Morning News auto writer Terry Box might have taken it to a new level.  More »
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House Republicans push alternative offshore drilling plan

House Republicans are pushing back against the Obama administration’s just-unveiled plan for selling offshore drilling leases over the next five years by seeking to replace it with a more aggressive alternative.  More »
Shell Oil recently signed a 15-year lease to keep its Houston headquarters at One Shell Plaza at 910 Louisiana, above, and its companion building, Two Shell Plaza at 777 Walker. Photo: James Nielsen / © Houston Chronicle 2012

Shell towers deal would be ‘safe’ place for Duncan money

A potentially huge deal in which the family of late billionaire Dan Duncan is reportedly paying about $550 million for Shell Oil’s downtown headquarters would provide a solid investment in an uncertain economy, observers said Monday.  More »
Algae-based biofuel is loaded on the Self Defense Test Ship, formally a destroyer, the USS Paul F. Foster, at Naval Base Point Loma undergoing tests using the algae based biofuel in San Diego. (AP Photo/The San Diego Union-Tribune, Howard Lipin)

IER head: Navy’s biofuels test ‘squandering’ taxpayer dollars

The head of the Institute for Energy Research today beseeched congressional leaders to investigate Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ decision to conduct test exercises using expensive alternative fuels this summer.  More »
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

New research shows no Marcellus Shale pollution

New research on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania may only add fuel to the debate over whether the industry poses long-term threats to drinking water.  More »
A BP Alaska executive stands in front of a 3D computer rendering of the Liberty oil field on Alaska's North Slope (AP Photo/ Al Grillo)

BP won’t pursue Alaska project in current form

BP PLC has decided not to pursue a huge oil project off Alaska’s coast in its current form.  More »

BP terminates deal with contractor after Azeri fraud allegations

BP Plc (BP/) said it will cancel a contract with a company following allegations of fraud related to a project in Azerbaijan.  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)

Chespeake Energy seeks to void order to buy energy rights

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), facing suits by hundreds of mineral rights holders over canceled oil and gas lease offers, will ask appeals judges in New Orleans to reverse a $19.7 million judgment to a Texas lease owner.  More »
A pontoon excavator plumbs Morrow Lake near Galesburg, Mich., for submerged oil from the Kalamazoo River spill while three sheen sweepers collect stirred-up oil. Crews are continuing cleanup work from last year's more than 800,000 gallon oil spill that contaminated southern Michigan's Kalamazoo River. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, John Grap)

Regulators reveal likely cause of Mich. oil spill

Federal investigators Tuesday were preparing to determine the likely cause of a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into a southwestern Michigan river nearly two years ago.  More »
BP Valhall Platform offshore norway

Norway forces end to oil strike as shutdown averted

The intervention came after an oil association, which counts Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP among its members, threatened to shut down all output from midnight.  More »