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Port Arthur police cars were parked at the driveway to Port Arthur's CES facility on S. Gulfway Drive after the plant was shut down Tuesday morning to be investigated by federal agencies. Amy Moore/The Enterprise / Beaumont

Former president of Port Arthur environmental company charged with conspiracy

The former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services is named in a 13-count federal indictment, charged with conspiracy to illegally transport hazardous materials, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  More »

Greenpeace unveils billboard that spoofs Shell ad

Environmentalists who oppose Shell’s planned exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters have taken their campaign to Interstate 10.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Crude drop threatens gain in drilling

A decline of as much as 30 percent in crude prices from this year’s high has slowed a record expansion of U.S. oil drilling that began in 2009 when producers turned away from natural gas and toward more profitable liquids.  More »

BP, Kinder Morgan announced service agreement

BP announced plans to team up with Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which will provide the oil giant with condensate processing services and storage space for more than 750,000 barrels.  More »
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

Woman pulls gun to keep smart meter out

A Harris County woman used a gun to persuade a CenterPoint Energy worker from installing an electric smart meter on her home, according to KHOU-TV story.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Power grid in sea reaches for new depths

Offshore operators racing to extract more oil from under deep waters have a vision of one day running wells remotely from land, reducing the need for multibillion dollar offshore production platforms.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

House sets showdown with Obama administration on drilling ban

House Republicans are demanding that Obama administration officials testify about how they justified a five-month ban on deep-water drilling imposed in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., says the administration has “stonewalled” the House Natural Resources Committee investigation into a 2010 Interior Department report that recommended a drilling ban in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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Eagle Ford boom strains health care, schools

The Eagle Ford Shale is transforming South Texas, but the oil boom is straining health care, education and social services.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell said to be in Anadarko talks for Mozambique gas

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) has started discussions with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) over a bid for the U.S. producer’s gas assets in Mozambique, where energy companies are looking to tap the largest discoveries in a decade, according to people familiar with the situation.  More »
A deep-water drilling rig works in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jin Liangkuai)

Italy seeks $18 billion investment ditching offshore ban

Mario Monti’s government is trying to attract as much as $18 billion in investment to Italy by relaxing a ban on offshore oil and natural-gas exploration imposed by Silvio Berlusconi after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.  More »
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks through ice in the Arctic Ocean in 2009. In a 2010 report, the Coast Guard said it eventually would need three heavy-duty and three medium-duty icebreakers for the Arctic. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard )

Shell-led Arctic push finds U.S. shy in icebreakers

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) has spent $4.5 billion since 2005 preparing to explore for oil off Alaska’s north coast in the Arctic. U.S. taxpayers may end up paying almost as much to supervise future operations in the region.  More »
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Chevron settles pollution complaint at NJ plant

New Jersey officials say Chevron U.S.A. has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 to resolve allegations that its asphalt refinery in Perth Amboy violated air pollution laws.  More »