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Cyber attacks on power grid could be costly and possible

Hackers could cause blackouts to the nation’s power grid by feeding the system incorrect load data that forces officials to mistakenly believe they need to conserve power supply, according to a new report.  More »
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World Health Organization unit says diesel fumes cause cancer

The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from “probable carcinogen” was an important shift.  More »
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LyondellBassel wins federal grant for Houston project

LyondellBasell will use a $5.4 million federal grant to develop an energy-saving technology for ethane cracking, one of the first projects in its new Channelview R&D center.  More »
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Eagle Ford plant under way

Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum has begun construction of a natural-gas processing plant south of Cotulla that will add than 100 construction jobs in the area.  More »
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Solar-powered youth ice hockey rink: $6 million

Not all sports are created equal, and that means some of them need power. So a community in Massachusetts decided to build a solar-powered ice hockey rink for its youth hockey league, and an audience of up to 700 people. Cost: $6 million.  More »
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North Dakota landowners fight state over oil rights

North Dakota landowners claiming the state is usurping their subterranean oil and mineral rights and costing them millions of dollars are asking a state court judge to let them proceed with a lawsuit.  More »
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Continental’s Hamm says U.S. must keep tax breaks for oil

The U.S. must retain tax breaks that help independent oil and gas producers, said Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources Inc.  More »
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U.K. offshore wind must copy oil drillers to cut costs by third

U.K. offshore wind developers should form alliances like oil companies battling plunging oil prices did in the past to cut costs by a third, a group including Alstom SA (ALO) and Siemens AG said.  More »
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Saudi-Iran rivalries high ahead of OPEC meeting

OPEC ministers are coming into a meeting deeply divided over how much crude to pump, with Saudi Arabia keen to keep a lid on prices, rival Iran pushing to cut production and Iraq expected to back Iran, its longtime foe under Saddam Hussein.  More »
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Oil hovers above $83 as traders eye OPEC meeting

Oil hovered above $83 a barrel Wednesday in Asia amid speculation OPEC will likely leave its production quotas unchanged at this week’s meeting.  More »
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Oil, gasoline prices to fall more than forecast

The average price of domestic oil and gasoline will be less than previously forecast through the remainder of 2012 because of week demand and increasing world supplies, according to a government report.  More »
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Oil rises ahead of key OPEC meeting

Iran will likely argue that production needs to be cut when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets Thursday in Vienna.  More »
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Houston Mayor backs EPA coal rule ahead of Senate vote

Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined dozens of other mayor who are supporting recent announced Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants.  More »
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Federal court rules in favor of Pa. gas pipeline

A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a bid by a coalition of environmental groups to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains.  More »
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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says coal’s problems economic, not regulation

Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson said the coal industry’s problems involve the relative price of coal and natural gas, not her agency’s regulations.  More »