Fuel Fix

Center Twp. Supervisors Chairman Edward "Butch" Deter is seen in a Wednesday, June 6, 2012photo, in Greene County, Pa. The area was the site of a diesel fuel spill in December that crept from the top of the mountain into the creek. The DEP was notified of the incident but local officials and emergency response units were not alerted of a spill or how many gallons contaminated the ground and creek.  (AP Photo/Tribune-Review, Philip G. Pavely)

Local officials say they aren’t told about spills

Gas drilling-related companies spilled oils, gases or chemicals about 134 times onto land and into water across Pennsylvania since Jan. 1, 2011, but the state rarely, if ever, notified the public.  More »
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Oil price climbs ahead of crucial Greece election

Benchmark U.S. oil edged up 12 cents Friday to end at $84.03 a barrel.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Report: Don’t worry much about quakes and fracking

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas does not pose a high risk for triggering earthquakes large enough to feel, a major government science report concludes.  More »
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An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Solyndra close to filing bankruptcy plan

A California-based solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the federal government before filing for bankruptcy protection is close to filing a proposal for what to do next.  More »
Trucks drive south on Highway 85 near Williston, N.D., in the state's oil patch region. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)

Overweight trucks take toll on ND oil patch roads

The number of oversize and overweight trucks using county roads and bridges in North Dakota’s oil patch has more than doubled in three years, and while counties are collecting millions of dollars in permit fees, officials say the money isn’t enough or even earmarked for road maintenance.  More »
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Former gas driller awarded $4 million for injuries

A federal jury has awarded a former gas driller $4 million for injuries he suffered on a western Colorado drilling rig.  More »
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ATP sues U.S. government over offshore-drilling suspension

ATP Oil & Gas Corp. sued the U.S. government for suspending offshore drilling after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill, alleging the moratorium cost the company more than $68 million.  More »
Iraq's Minister of oil and President of the Conference Abdul-Kareem Luaibi Bahedh talks with Secretary General of OPEC Abdalla Salem El-Badri of Libya, from left. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

OPEC chief sees oil at $110 a barrel as fair

Oil prices could rise about $25 from their present levels to $110 a barrel without threatening the world economy, OPEC Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry said Friday.  More »
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, chariman emeritus of America Movil Sab de CV, which controls 70 percent of Mexico's mobile-phone business, chats with attendees following a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Slim said the prices charged by his phone companies in Mexico are among the world's lowest. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

Carlos Slim acquires stake in Argentine power co.

Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim has acquired an 8.4 percent stake in Argentina’s newly state-controlled oil and gas producer, YPF S.A.  More »
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EPA proposes stricter standards for soot pollution

Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air.  More »
The Tesla Roadster and the Model S sedan (Image: Tesla Motors)

Tesla opts for cozy spots in malls

Tesla Motors is trying a different approach to attract a customer base.  More »
Workers join sections of pipe on a Trinidad Drilling rig leased by Chesapeake Energy north of Douglas, Wyo. Photo: Alan Rogers / Copyright 2012 CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Investors wonder if Chesapeake can keep it simple

Cash-strapped Chesapeake Energy Corp. has scrambled in recent weeks to respond to investor criticisms about its leadership and strategy, but just how much the company will change remains to be seen.  More »
Bob Reiss, author of "The Eskimo and the Oil Man," a book about Arctic oil exploration. (Photo: Bill Schmoker)

Q&A: Author talks challenges, compromises for Shell in Arctic

In “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” author Bob Reiss tells the story of planned oil exploration in Arctic waters through the eyes of an Inupiat leader from the North Slope and Shell Alaska’s vice president. Reiss fields our questions about the book and what he learned during his research.  More »
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Unpredictable clean-energy policies hurt U.S., Senator says

The lack of consistent U.S. support for clean-energy production has put the nation at a disadvantage with China, where the government has been investing in companies, a senior Senate Democrat said.  More »
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FAA felt offshore wind farm pressure

Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod and did so amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety, according to FAA documents obtained by the project’s opponents.  More »