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The Pantone 5 mobile devices, the world's first cell phones with built-in radiation monitors, are shown during a press conference by Softbank Corp. in Tokyo. Softbank, the carrier for the hit iPhone and iPad in Japan, says the handheld, which shows the microsieverts-per-hour number on a display at a push of a button, will go on sale in July. Pricing was not announced. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Cell phones monitoring radiation to sell in Japan

Worries over radiation are so rampant in Japan after last year’s nuclear meltdowns that the world’s first cell phones with built-in radiation monitors are going on sale.  More »
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Activists gathering at Chevron’s annual meeting

Activists held a press conference and teach-in on Tuesday in San Franciso, and plan to protest outside the gates of Chevron headquarters during Wednesday’s meeting. Some will try to enter the meeting and address shareholders directly.  More »
Rig workers, like Robert Cornett (right) pause while mopping the decks on the Hercules 251. (Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle)

SMU Report: Permitting delays & new regs stifling offshore drilling

The offshore drilling industry is still rebounding from a five-month moratorium and new regulations after the 2010 Gulf oil spill, with consumers paying the price at the pump, according to a new report out today.  More »
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Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Backup power at issue at Calif. nuke plant

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California operated for decades with equipment that might have temporarily severed the plant’s emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday.  More »
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 »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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 »
Carl Icahn (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

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 »