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Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Houston prices continue their slow decline to $3

Gasoline prices are continuing their slow, steady decline toward $3 as prices dropped 5 cents in Houston over the past week.  More »
Ships try to control an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil government fails to benefit blocking oil firms

International oil companies looking to start exploring Brazil, home to the largest discoveries in the past decade, can’t get near the crude.  More »

Shareholders looking for strategy change for BP

BP shareholders for eager for radical changes that would let BP put the Macondo well spill and a bitter dispute with Russian partners behind the company, according to a Reuters story.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Regulators delay decision on nuclear plant probe

State utility regulators are postponing a decision on whether to launch an investigation into the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, an agency spokesman said.  More »
The $62 billion purchase of TNK-BP by Russia's state-owned Rosneft was the biggest oil and gas deal of 2012, a Houston firm reports.

Rosneft to more than double dividend on 2011 profit

OAO Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, plans to more than double planned dividends, boosting the payout to 25 percent of last year’s profit, following an order from President Vladimir Putin.  More »
A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Alaska’s oil pipeline marks 35-year milestone

The engineering feat that is the trans-Alaska pipeline is celebrating a milestone.  More »
Members of a women's association shout slogans during a rally to protest against restarting the Ohi nuclear power plant's reactors at a park in Tokyo. Public opposition to resuming operations remains high, however, because of the March 2011 crisis at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that turned into the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl and a lingering distrust of an industry widely seen as opaque. (AP Photo/Itsuo  Inouye, File)

Crisis plans lag even as Japan’s reactors restart

If the Ohi nuclear reactors plunged into a Fukushima-style meltdown, the only route for escaping or for sending help would be a winding, cliff-hugging road often closed by snow in winter or clogged by beachgoers in summer.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

ND regulators approve ND to Alberta pipeline

North Dakota regulators have approved construction of a pipeline from Tioga into the Canadian province of Alberta.  More »
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Sweden on alert, explosives found near nuke plant

Sweden raised the security alert for the country’s nuclear power plants Thursday after explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern atomic power station Ringhals. Police said they were investigating possible sabotage.  More »
Enterprise Products Mont Belvieu complex (Dave Rossman/For the Houston Chronicle)

Enterprise to build massive petrochemical plant

Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners plans to reach further into the petrochemical industry with a massive new plant to be build on the Texas coast by 2015, the company said Wednesday.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Inventor claims design for BP well cap stolen

Charles Adams of Radford, Va., filed a federal lawsuit last week that names as defendants several players who were involved in helping resolve the disaster.  More »
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Bill to keep lights on and protect power utilities advances in House

Electric utilities that keep the lights on to satisfy the federal government when blackouts loom would be insulated from environmental fines under bipartisan legislation advancing in the House.  More »