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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 »
Smoke stacks from the now demolished U.S. Steel Homestead Mill in Homestead, Pa., in January 2009. (Jeff Swensen/The New York Times)

Pittsburgh rebound sparked by spurned gas frackers

Pittsburgh, once known as America’s Steel City, is laying its Rustbelt heritage to rest by fostering growth in education and health services, while drawing strength from the booming natural-gas industry it keeps at a distance.  More »
Drivers fill up at an Exxon Mobil gasoline station. (Eric Thayer / 2008 Getty Images)

Refiners awash in shale oil offer 10 times Exxon returns

Gasoline refiners, shunned by investors because of falling demand and rising regulation, now count Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and billionaire Carl Icahn among shareholders as lower oil prices promise wider returns for fuel makers.  More »
Oil workers at the West Qurna Phase 2 field in the Basra region of Iraq in 2010.  (AP file photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

Iraq oil tops three million barrels for first time since 2002

Iraq’s crude output rose above 3 million barrels a day last month for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.  More »
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Rig manager sentenced for lying about tests

A 49-year-old Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years of probation for lying about testing on a key safety device that allegedly was not working properly.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Auto companies meet in OKC for natural gas plan

With nearly two dozen states looking to add natural gas-powered vehicles to their government fleets, it ultimately could push the public to follow suit in purchasing cars and trucks powered by cleaner, affordable and domestically produced fuel, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday.  More »
Texas Gov. Rick Perry participates in a presidential debate in New Hampshire in October 2011.  (AP Photo/Toni Sandys, Pool)

Coastal governors decry limited role in offshore drilling plan

The Obama administration ignored the wishes of coastal leaders when assembling a plan for offshore drilling near their shores, says a group of Republican governors from Texas, Louisiana and other states.  More »

BHP’s Petrohawk records loss over natural gas prices

Houston-based Petrohawk was acquired last year by BHP for $15.1 billion.  More »