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Actor Kevin Costner, center, arrives at Federal Court in New Orleans with two unidentified women in New Orleans, Monday, June 4, 2012. Stephen Baldwin has sued Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Baldwin: Used celebrity to market oil cleaners

Stephen Baldwin testified Monday that no one asked him to invest any capital or join Kevin Costner in lobbying BP to use oil cleanup devices that the two actors were touting in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Shell races Apache to export LNG from Kitimat to Asia

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is pushing ahead of competitors in the race to be the first exporter of Canadian liquefied natural gas to Asia.  More »

BrightSource to bid for Solar Trust 500-megawatt project

BrightSource Energy Inc. (BRSE), a solar- thermal developer that withdrew an initial public offering in April, is seeking to buy an unbuilt 500-megawatt power plant from the bankrupt Solar Trust of America LLC.  More »
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Haley, Graham, Duncan promote offshore drilling

Three top South Carolina Republicans came together Monday to support federal legislation that would allow drilling of gas and oil off South Carolina’s coast, arguing the state’s need for jobs and income outweigh potential problems.  More »
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople)

Signing of Ohio drilling rules don’t end debate

The policy debate over hydraulic fracturing in Ohio doesn’t end with Gov. John Kasich’s signing of new drilling rules Monday.  More »
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 »