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Atlantic bottlenose dolphin affected by oil spill

Agency stops seismic tests; worries about dolphins

With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana’s coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from doing seismic tests known to disturb marine mammals.  More »

Chevron Phillips to build large chemical plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company announced plans today to build the world’s largest plant by capacity for a key component of plastic resin in Baytown.  More »
One of EnCana's SAGD oilsands operations located near Christina Lake.

Encana seeks partner for North American oil, liquids fields

Encana Corp., Canada’s biggest natural-gas producer, is seeking partners to help fund drilling on 1.58 million acres of oil and gas-liquids fields in the U.S. and Canada.  More »

Dow Chemical's petrochemical complex in Freeport is one of the largest in the world. (Dow Chemical)

Dow Chemical plans to lay off 900

The Dow Chemical Co. plans to lay off about 900 people in response to weak demand for its products in Europe.  More »
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Democratic group targets Romney ties to oil

A Democratic outside group backing President Barack Obama’s re-election bid is trying to tie Republican Mitt Romney to the oil industry, responding to an ad assailing Obama’s energy record.  More »

KKR, Premier agree to buy shale properties from WPX Energy

KKR & Co. (KKR), which teamed up two years ago with Premier Natural Resources LLC to buy oil and gas assets in North America, agreed to acquire properties in the Barnett shale and Arkoma basin from WPX Energy Inc. for $306 million.  More »
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Life on the Shale

A few years ago, Frankie Gonzalez was working marginal jobs and running with the wrong crowd in his small South Texas hometown of San Diego. Now he’s among the many oil field workers cashing in on the gusher known as the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

BP workers can’t sue retirement plan over spill, judge says

BP employees can’t sue managers of the company’s retirement savings plan because of losses stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a judge has ruled.  More »
Members of the team of Brazil's Unioeste-Universidade Estadual Do Oesta Do Parana celebrate as their driver brakes in the pit after completing his laps at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012. Photo: Mayra Beltran / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

UH, Rice compete in Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012

Students from the University of Houston meticulously put finishing touches on their hydrogen fuel cell car Sunday afternoon, tinkering with metal parts that would be unrecognizable to most.  More »
President Barack Obama, with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Steffy: Don’t blame China for Obama’s solar folly

The U.S. Commerce Department recently announced import tariffs on Chinese solar panels after declaring that Beijing illegally subsidized manufacturing.  More »
Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (AP file photo/The Times Picayune)

Bromwich: Offshore drilling regulators need to be ‘aggressive’

The former prosecutor who overhauled the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill wants regulators to publicly advance new safety rules and aggressively enforce the ones already on the books.  More »
The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Flare burns out at Total’s North Sea platform

French energy company Total says the gas flare above its stricken North Sea platform has burned itself out.  More »
This underwater image taken and released by Brazil's Environment and Natural Resources Institute, IBAMA, shows an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron oil company at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Nov. 11, 2011. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Chevron targeted a second time by Brazil prosecutors seeking ban

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking for a second time to ban Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) from operating in the country after a 3,000-barrel oil spill.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Health impact studies taking hold, with challenges

While New York regulators have spent four years mulling the environmental impacts of shale gas development, the potential human health impacts have been given short shrift, according to health advocates.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ohio geologists map estimate of Utica shale yields

Ohio geologists’ latest effort to map the best areas for Utica shale oil and gas production shows potential for an oil reservoir in central Ohio but now excludes areas near Cleveland and in southeast Ohio.  More »