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Public utilities expected to make a slower shift to natural gas

While low natural gas prices and tighter harmful emissions standards are making it the preferred fuel for generating electricity, public utilities are expected to be slower in shifting towards natural gas than private companies, because of the cost of building new plants and pressure on public utilities to ensure a reliable supply, according to a Moody’s report released today.  More »
Alejander Ruiz, of AT&T, fills up his vehicle with Clean Energy Fuel at 7721 Washington in Houston. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Shell plans to open LNG truck fueling stations across U.S.

In a preliminary agreement with TravelCenters of America, Shell announced that it is seeking to build 200 LNG fueling lanes across the U.S. interstate highway system.  More »
A Boeing 737-800 bearing the Eco Skies Livery is fuels up with biofuel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Sundrop Fuels hopes to some day produce its synthetic fuel for airplanes. (Photographer: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Airline group says biofuels need govt support

Airlines need government support to lower the cost of biofuels that could help to reduce pollution and carbon emissions, the head of the global aviation industry group said Thursday.  More »
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Chemical industry could provide answer to scratched cars

Scratched and broken plastic could soon be a thing of the past.  More »
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EPA sues India-based firm mining coal in Kentucky

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says coal companies owned by a massive India conglomerate ran illegal surface mines in eastern Kentucky that polluted waterways.  More »
A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Guyana rebuffs Venezuela opposition complaint

An offshore oil exploration concession granted by Guyana’s government to Exxon Mobil Corp. is stirring controversy in neighboring Venezuela.  More »
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No injuries from Texas Panhandle pipeline blast

Officials continue investigating the cause of a gas pipeline explosion in the rural Texas Panhandle.  More »
A sign for $2.99 a gallon gasoline is seen as vehicles wait for a traffic light to turn green at a Hot Spot convenience store on the corner of Henry and Converse Streets on Friday, June 1, 2012 in Spartanburg, S.C. Oil prices plunged as bleak reports on U.S. job growth and manufacturing heightened worries about a slowing global economy. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

$3 gasoline could happen for some states as prices continue decline

Gasoline prices seemed destined for a nightmare earlier this year, but the past few weeks, the prices at the pump are turning to a dream for some.  More »
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Oil Sands targeted in latest Sierra Club video

The environmentalist group takes aim at pipeline proposals to carry Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast in a video titled, “The Tar Sands Pipelines: The Dirtiest Oil on Earth.”  More »
Manas Goyal operates the dome simulator at Aker Solutions' training facility in Katy. It has high-quality animation technology that provides 3-D images. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Company demonstrates offshore rig simulator

Oil services company Aker Solutions showed off its Katy training academy Wednesday, gearing up to meet new requirements for teaching drill operators and their employers to make offshore drilling safer and more efficient.  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)

Chesapeake developed shopping centers as gas prices fell

Chesapeake Energy Corp., under fire from investor Carl Icahn for focusing on “non-core assets,” has amassed more than $300 million of real estate in its home- town Oklahoma City area, including shopping centers.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

BP shouldn’t get White House e-mails in spill case, U.S. says

BP Plc (BP/) isn’t entitled access to e- mail communications between the White House and other top U.S. officials during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010, a government lawyer told a federal judge.  More »