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Gulf drilling auction expected to net high bids

Federal officials will unseal nearly 600 secret bids for offshore oil and gas leases on Wednesday, during the first auction of drilling rights in the central Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Pent-up demand for the acreage, big discoveries in the region recently and high oil prices earlier this year are all expected to contribute to a robust sale.  More »
An oil pump works in the Persian Gulf desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Report: U.S. oil reserves flourished in 2011

U.S. oil reserves grew 9 percent in 2011 as companies funneled billions into exploring for new deposits across the country, according to an Ernst & Young study.  More »
Ron Saville examines sleeping quarters. The structure from Lone-Star Marine Shelters will sleep 76 persons, who will have their own televisions. Photo: J. Patric Schneider / Houston Chronicle

Longer stays with rig workers could aid U.S. inspectors

Federal inspectors evaluating the safety of offshore drilling operations need longer visits on water-based rigs, including more time eating meals with workers, talking with the crew and sharing their sleeping quarters, according to a National Research Council report issued today.  More »
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A garbage truck running on compressed natural gas makes its way along its route in The Woodlands. Driver Servando Rosales says a resident who listened for a deep diesel sound had to chase after him when she realized a quieter machine was on the route. Photo: Jerry Baker / HC

GE introduces technology to make carbon capture affordable

GE has announced a new partnership to combine its gas turbine technology with carbon capture equipment from Norwegian producers, Sargas, to create the one of the world’s first gas-fired plants with integrated carbon capture for enhanced oil recovery.  More »
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Texas gas line checked after man hurt in explosion

A utility official says the FBI is investigating whether a Dallas-area gas line was tampered with before a man was hurt in an explosion.  More »

Swift announces Texas natural gas production deal

Swift Energy Company has announced deal with Eagle Ford Gathering LLC to process natural gas in South Texas.  More »
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Perfect storm sinking coal-fired generation, report says

A perfect storm of lower natural gas prices, new emission rules and weak national demand for electricity is causing many utility companies to ditch coal-fired power generation, according to a new report.  More »
Telsa's 2012 Model S electric sedan (Image: Tesla Motors)

Tesla has a lot riding on Model S sedan’s success

On a gleaming white factory floor in Fremont, workers buzz over freshly assembled cars that represent the future of Tesla Motors.  More »
Solar power advocate, 99 year old William Sinkin (right), is congratulated by CPS CEO Doyle Beneby, Mayor Julian Castro, and SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra following the ribbon cutting at the new 20 Mega-Watt Solar Farm named after Sinkins. The event took place Monday afternoon. Photo: Robin Jerstad/For The Express-News

CPS dedicates solar complex

CPS Energy boosted its portfolio of renewable energy Monday when it dedicated a 19.8-megawatt solar complex on land dotted with sunflowers in South Bexar County.  More »
This file picture from May 2005 shows the oil major Shell's oil and gas terminal on Bonny Island in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta. (Photo:Getty Images)

Shell says it reduced Nigeria gas flaring 60% in nine years

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), operator of Nigeria’s largest oil fields, said the flaring, or burning, of natural gas at its deposits in the West African country fell by more than 60 percent in the past nine years.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon Mobil ends shale gas exploration in Poland

ExxonMobil said it is ending its exploration for shale gas in Poland after finding insufficient amounts of gas in two exploratory wells in the country’s east.  More »
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NRC license of nuclear plant challenged by Massachusetts

Massachusetts, in an appeal of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to relicense Entergy Corp. (ETR)’s Pilgrim nuclear power station, asked to have the extension for the facility 40 miles south of Boston canceled pending further review.  More »