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Exxon Mobil Corp. chairman and chief executive Rex W. Tillerson speaks to reporters during a news conference. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Exxon top exec earns 17pct. pay increase

Exxon Mobil says its top executive received a 17 percent increase in compensation last year.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil drilling not disturbing underground nukes

Intense oil drilling that’s honeycombing western North Dakota has not disturbed nuclear-tipped missiles buried beneath much of the same real estate that companies are targeting for crude, the military says.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

More wear found on tubes at ailing Cal nuke plant

The operator of an idled nuclear plant on the California coast announced Thursday that more unusual wear has been found on tubing that carries radioactive water, the latest disclosure in a mystery involving the plant’s steam generators.  More »

People fill the tanks of their vehicules at an YPF station in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Thursday, April 12, 2012. Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria  has warned that the government will interpret any "hostile gestures" against Spanish companies abroad as an act of aggression, in an apparent reference to a conflict with Argentina over an oil company controlled by Spain's Repsol. YPF,  which is 57 per cent owned by Repsol,  has rejected Argentine government pressure to plough some of its profits back into the South American country.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Spain summons Argentine ambassador in oil dispute

Spain warned Argentina Friday it risks becoming “an international pariah” if it tries to wrest control of energy company Repsol’s majority stake in its South American YPF unit, raising tensions between the two nations and sending Repsol’s shares plunging.  More »
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Eni SpA pipeline attacked in Nigeria’s oil delta

Gunmen attacked a pipeline early Friday morning belonging to Eni SpA in Nigeria’s oil-rich and restive southern delta, the Italian oil firm said, as the main militant group in the region claimed responsibility for the assault.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Groups appeal Arctic offshore lease sale decision

Alaska Native and environmental groups challenged a U.S. District Court decision that concluded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had adequately considered the environmental effects.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas prices stay at 10-year low

Natural gas prices have been falling since last June.  More »
API President Jack Gerard speaks in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Industry asks for more time to comply with drilling pollution mandates

The oil industry’s leading trade group today implored federal regulators for more time to comply with a looming rule that will pare air pollution from hydraulic fracturing and natural gas wells.  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)

Earthquake outbreak “almost certainly” manmade, scientists say

A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” manmade, and may coincide with wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a new study.  More »
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Activists to stage protest for SEC energy rules

Human-rights and anti-poverty activists plan to urge regulators to finalize long-delayed rules requiring certain publicly listed oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to host governments.  More »
Enterprise Products Mont Belvieu complex (Dave Rossman/For the Houston Chronicle)

New gas liquids pipeline to link Colorado, Panhandle

The planned Front Range Pipeline will run from Colorado to Skellytown in the Texas Panhandle, connecting with a network that goes to processing facilities on the Gulf Coast.  More »
The Keystone XL pipeline was planned to be built near the sandhills in north central Nebraska, shown here. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska lawmakers approve Keystone XL bill

Nebraska lawmakers approved a $2 million plan to study a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline, which was fiercely opposed in the state because a previously proposed route took it near a major aquifer.  More »
Exxon Mobil's refinery along the Ship Channel in Baytown (Houston Chronicle file photo)

Iraq suggest Exxon deals with Kurds could stand

Iraq’s top energy official says the country may be open to letting Exxon Mobil keep some of its disputed oil deals in the self-ruled Kurdish region if they and similar contracts meet Baghdad’s approval.  More »
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Report: Wind industry brought 6,816 MW online in 2011

Texas is still a national leader in wind energy, but Kansas is building more wind projects this year and Iowa claimed more jobs tied to the sector in 2011 than the Lone Star State, according to a new assessment by an industry trade group.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices slip as analysts say peak nears

Gasoline prices slipped across the nation as analysts say the rising price of gasoline could be near the end.  More »