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Coal-plant plunge threatens billions in pollution spend

The coal-fired power industry in the U.S. is facing the biggest plunge in asset values in a decade, risking billions of dollars in pollution-control spending by utilities such as Exelon Corp. (EXC) and American Electric Power Co.  More »
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Porsche looks at energy to ready for post-911 role

Porsche SE, the holding company controlling a majority stake in Volkswagen AG (VOW) after a botched takeover attempt four years ago, will probably soon be investing more in energy than in sports cars.  More »
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Refinery workers to return to job after Delta deal

Some of the workers who lost their jobs at a suburban Philadelphia refinery last year are going back to work after Delta Air Lines completed a deal to reopen the facility and make its own jet fuel.  More »
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Tropic Storm Debby shuts in oil and gas production

Offshore oil and natural gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico continued evacauting people from facilities and shutting down production Sunday.  More »
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Shell gears up to tap into Arctic crude again

A new chapter in U.S. oil exploration could open within days as Shell sails into seas north of Alaska  More »

See the top 100 richest companies in Houston

See what companies in Houston rank among the richest by market value.  More »
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Companies begin Gulf evacuations

Energy companies began evacuating workers from offshore facilities.  More »
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European stimulus pushes oil higher

Benchmark U.S. crude finished at $79.76 per barrel. Crude is still down more than 5 percent for the week, however.  More »
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Gas prices dip below $3 at some Houston stations

Gasoline prices have dipped below $3 at some stations in Houston and broader drops are expected as oil prices have fallen in recent weeks.  More »
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Gas drillers get more time to comment on U.S. fracking rules

The Obama administration gave U.S. natural-gas producers more time to comment on draft standards for disclosing chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, rules an industry group has said are unnecessary.  More »
A line of 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedans sit at a dealership in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. The risk of engine fires is forcing General Motors to recall its Chevrolet Cruze compact cars, the company announced Friday, June 22, 2012. GM says the fires happen when fluids drip onto a plastic shield below the engine and ignite. GM knows of 30 fires caused by the problem. No injuries have been reported. The recall covers cars built from September 2010 through May 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

GM to recall Cruze cars over risk of engine fire

The risk of engine fires is forcing General Motors to recall 475,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars.  More »
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$16.4 million in bonuses a record at CPS

CPS Energy last month awarded a record $16.4 million in bonuses to its 3,644 employees as part of a tiered plan that resulted in six-figure awards for two of its top executives.  More »