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Texas company drops plans for SW Pa. gas pipeline

A Texas company has abandoned plans for a natural gas pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania, citing legal costs and falling natural gas production.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Price, technology driving U.S. oil production

Domestic oil production is on the rise but so is the political debate about who should take the credit.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Shale boom to fuel 1.5 million jobs by 2015, study says

The shale gas boom will account for about 1.4 million new jobs by 2015, employing hundreds of thousands of workers across 48 states, according to a study released today by research and analysis firm IHS Global Insight.  More »
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Cyber attacks on power grid could be costly and possible

Hackers could cause blackouts to the nation’s power grid by feeding the system incorrect load data that forces officials to mistakenly believe they need to conserve power supply, according to a new report.  More »
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World Health Organization unit says diesel fumes cause cancer

The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from “probable carcinogen” was an important shift.  More »
LyondellBasell announced plans to build a new chemical plant on the Gulf Coast. Its Channelview complex makes propylene oxide, styrene monomer and other derivatives.(Courtesy of LyondellBasell)

LyondellBassel wins federal grant for Houston project

LyondellBasell will use a $5.4 million federal grant to develop an energy-saving technology for ethane cracking, one of the first projects in its new Channelview R&D center.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Eagle Ford plant under way

Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum has begun construction of a natural-gas processing plant south of Cotulla that will add than 100 construction jobs in the area.  More »
Solar panels have been installed on the rooftops and carports of the Falmouth Ice Arena. (Photo: Falmouth Ice Arena)

Solar-powered youth ice hockey rink: $6 million

Not all sports are created equal, and that means some of them need power. So a community in Massachusetts decided to build a solar-powered ice hockey rink for its youth hockey league, and an audience of up to 700 people. Cost: $6 million.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

North Dakota landowners fight state over oil rights

North Dakota landowners claiming the state is usurping their subterranean oil and mineral rights and costing them millions of dollars are asking a state court judge to let them proceed with a lawsuit.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Continental’s Hamm says U.S. must keep tax breaks for oil

The U.S. must retain tax breaks that help independent oil and gas producers, said Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources Inc.  More »
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U.K. offshore wind must copy oil drillers to cut costs by third

U.K. offshore wind developers should form alliances like oil companies battling plunging oil prices did in the past to cut costs by a third, a group including Alstom SA (ALO) and Siemens AG said.  More »
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Saudi-Iran rivalries high ahead of OPEC meeting

OPEC ministers are coming into a meeting deeply divided over how much crude to pump, with Saudi Arabia keen to keep a lid on prices, rival Iran pushing to cut production and Iraq expected to back Iran, its longtime foe under Saddam Hussein.  More »