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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 »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko’s bid for Tronox settlement at ‘impasse’

Anadarko said the “reasonable range” of a potential loss in the case is zero to $1.4 billion.  More »
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

No contempt of court order urged for Salazar

The central theme of the hearing was whether Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar’s actions were within the bounds of his authority.  More »
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Amid subsidy debate, wind power hits 50-gigawatt milestone

The wind industry is putting its growth and Republican support on display as presidential candidate Mitt Romney gets some heat for his opposition to the wind power federal tax credit.  More »

Allen Parish agrees to property lease for refinery

The Allen Parish Police Jury has agreed to lease more of the former Arizona Chemical property in Oakdale to a Texas-based company for a $100 million refinery.  More »
Money Roll

DCP Midstream Partners reports 36 percent decrease in Q2 earnings

DCP Midstream Partners reported $35 million in earnings for second quarter 2012, a 36 percent decrease from its second quarter 2011earnings of $55 million, the company reported on Tuesday evening.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

To export or not export? That’s the question

A few weeks ago, before I was to give a speech to a local civic group, someone at my table asked me how I felt about exporting natural gas. On the one hand, the answer seems simple.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Texas’ fracking disclosure law leaves questions

A report by The Dallas Morning News examines holes in the recently enacted fracking disclosure law that allows companies to avoid detailing the amount of chemicals used, incidental chemicals or trade secrets.  More »
A dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer on April 27, 2010 as it cleans oil in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Environmental groups sue EPA for stronger dispersant rules

Environmental groups are suing to force the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a rule on the use of dispersants, such as were used to break up crude after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »