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(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) As Denton considers fracking ban, the state's oil and gas regulator weighs in, calling the attempt "extremely misguided."

Experts: Some fracking critics use bad science

In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Frackers fund university research that proves their case

Pennsylvania remains the largest U.S. state without a tax on natural gas production, thanks in part to a study released under the banner of the Pennsylvania State University.  More »
Joe Maurin of Derek Engineering in Cincinnati, Ohio, works on a new prototype Taco Bell in Kenova, W. Va.  Green initiatives at the 3,000-square-foot eatery, ranging from LED lamps inside and out to a recirculating waterfall in the drive-thru, are being tested at the location. The goal is to minimize everything from water flow to energy use in a modern, unobtrusive atmosphere.   (AP Photo/The Hearld-Dispatch, Mark Webb)

W.Va. Taco Bell testing green initiatives

Taco Bell has long since replaced its one-time slogan, “Make a run for the border,” but its newest location in Kenova, at the I-64 border of West Virginia and Kentucky, is one they hope everyone will head for. In fact, company representatives said this Taco Bell isn’t like any you’ve ever experienced.  More »
The tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

Gov’t probe of Japan nuke crisis criticizes TEPCO

Experts investigating Japan’s nuclear disaster said Monday that the operator of the crippled plant continues to drag its feet in investigations and has tried to understate the true amount of damage at the complex.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND regulator says natural gas production will rise

Preliminary study results say North Dakota’s natural gas production is likely to rise as future oil output falls.  More »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center right, is guided by Emirates' foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, center left, to a meeting at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala to drill for oil in Thailand

Abu Dhabi’s state-backed Mubadala Petroleum says it and its partners plan to begin developing an oil field in the northern Gulf of Thailand.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Report says offshore industry falls short on key safety monitoring

The Chemical Safety Board is set to conclude that the offshore drilling sector’s focus on monitoring individual worker injuries set the stage for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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Couple settles with Houston company over pipeline blast

An Ohio couple say they have settled with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. over a November gas line explosion that destroyed their home.  More »
NRG Energy's SR Bertron Power plant. (Nathan Lindstrom/For the Chronicle)

NRG Energy is buying Houston’s GenOn

New Jersey-based NRG Energy has a deal to buy Houston-based GenOn Energy in an all stock deal worth about $1.7 billion, the companies announced Sunday afternoon.  More »
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EPA reviews part of power plant rule

The technical review is intended to clarify how the new standards would apply to five plants proposed in Texas, Georgia, Kansas and Utah  More »
Prices for regular and diesel are posted in front of a service station in Mercer Island, Wash., near Seattle. A four-day rise in oil prices stalled Wednesday following a weak report on Chinese manufacturing and lingering concerns about Greece's bailout. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for oils produced in the U.S., fell 46 cents to $105.79 a barrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Oil falls to near $89 amid Europe, China jitters

The price of oil sank toward $89 a barrel Monday as a flare-up in Europe’s debt crisis and concern over Chinese economic growth suggested demand for crude will weaken.  More »
Shell's Kulluk drilling unit is towed through Seattle's Elliott Bay in late June 2012, as it begins a long journey to Arctic waters north of Alaska. Shell plans to use the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer drillship to search for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas once ice clears this summer. (AP Photo/Donna Gordon Blankinship)

Shell wins Coast Guard OK on changes to Arctic-bound barge

The Coast Guard has approved Shell’s request to change the standards for evaluating an emergency response ship for the company’s planned Arctic oil drilling, but Shell is still rebounding from two setbacks in its Arctic quest.  More »