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Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after he was freed on bail. The former BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle

Ex-BP engineer’s travel limits eased

A federal magistrate agreed Tuesday to ease travel restrictions he imposed on a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company’s response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Oil drops on Spanish debt downgrade

Benchmark U.S. crude ended the day down 10 cents at $90.76 per barrel in New York.  More »
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Texas energy leaders face tough challenges today

Several lawmakers from Texas are fighting to hold on to their jobs in Congress during today’s primaries across the Lone Star State. The list of incumbents in tough political fights includes a handful of Texans who have taken high-profile roles steering energy policy in Congress.  More »
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Firm pays $1M for spills in Iowa, Neb., Kan.

The Texas-based pipeline company paying a fine of more than $1 million says it is glad to resolve concerns about three spills in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

IEA: Global best practices needed in shale gas boom

Failing to adopt best practices in shale gas production could fuel public opposition and “halt the unconventional gas revolution in its tracks,” the head of the International Energy Agency said today.  More »
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Icahn’s Chesapeake stake puts governance before value

In 2009, investor Jeffrey Bronchick told directors of Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) that he was disgusted with their leadership.  More »
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Blow to Cuban hopes for oil as well proves dry

Spanish oil firm Repsol said Tuesday it will stop looking for oil in Cuba after hitting a dry well drilled at a cost of more than $100 million, a blow to the island nation desperate to find its own energy sources amid deep economic hardship.  More »
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

NY Comptroller calls for changes at Chesapeake

The New York State comptroller on Tuesday piled on to a growing uproar from shareholders of Chesapeake Energy Corp., denouncing the company’s board of directors for “significant failings in its oversight responsibilities.”  More »
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Cyber attacks on power generation, transmission companies rising

State politicians are warning utility companies of the rising risks from cyber attacks, prompting some utility provides to unplug critical functions from the internet, according to an Austin American-Statesman story.  More »

Hotels booming along with oil

Robust drilling activity in the Eagle Ford Shale is rescuing the state’s lodging sector.  More »
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Craigslist ad offers people $50 to wear pro-coal T-shirt

A Craigslist advertisement offered Chicago residents $50 and a free lunch to attend an Environmental Protection Agency meeting while wearing a pro-coal industry T-shirt, according to a now-deleted ad.  More »
A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Steffy: How Exxon Mobil missed the climate debate

I spent part of the long weekend catching up on a substantial pile of reading, including more than a month of New Yorkers. Among the more interesting pieces I read was Steve Coll’s article on Exxon Mobil’s lobbying.  More »