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The damaged No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

IAEA: Nuke plant near Fukushima largely undamaged

Nuclear experts have found that a Japanese nuclear power plant that was closer than Fukushima to the epicenter of last year’s devastating earthquake was largely undamaged because it was designed with enough safety margins.  More »
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National Oilwell Varco still in buying mood

The oilfield equipment and services firm National Oilwell Varco Inc. says it will buy Robbins & Myers Inc. for $2.5 billion.  More »
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Chesapeake shares continue rising

Chesapeake’s stock is up 17 percent and its market value has surged more than $2 billion this week.  More »
Shell's Kulluk conical drilling unit departs Seattle for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2012. (Shell Oil Co.)

Environmentalists beseech White House to block Shell’s Arctic drilling

Environmentalists who oppose Arctic drilling today made a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration and pleaded for officials to deny essential permits Shell needs to begin working on wells this summer.  More »

Thermostat thinks for itself, while saving you money

Jennifer Roane says she’s saving energy an money by using a new, self-programming thermostat.  More »
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Feds cut ethanol projections

Federal energy authorities cut their forecasts for ethanol production as a historic drought hits the corn harvest and causes prices to soar.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Houston gasoline prices are on the rise again

Gasoline prices wacky summer is continuing again as Houston prices jumped double-digits over the past week.  More »
(AP file photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Valero sues over 2008 tank rupture

Almost four years to the day an explosion at Valero Energy Corp.’s Houston refinery led to the release of dangerous sulfur compounds, the company has sued four companies over the incident.  More »
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New plant to generate power ahead of schedule

A new power plant designed to help reduce global warming will go online earlier than expected to help beat back Texas heat.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

U.S. should seize role as energy exporter, industry advisers say

Former Chevron vice chairman Peter Robertson said, under ideal conditions, U.S. and Canada can meet their own petroleum needs by 2035.  More »

Fire is latest pollution problem at Chevron plant

A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.  More »
U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp  speaks during a news conference Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. He said his agency is ready for Arctic offshore drilling and a worst-case scenario spill. He visited Alaska this week with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Admiral confident in Coast Guard Arctic readiness

Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico have helped the Coast Guard prepare for possible oil spills in the Arctic Ocean, the commandant of the agency said Wednesday.  More »