Fuel Fix

Steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Ga. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to vote Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 on Southern Company's application to begin full construction of the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

CERA: Split views on future of nuclear energy

The future of nuclear power plants got mixed reviews from a panel of experts speaking Thursday at the IHS CERA Week energy conference in Houston. “We believe that, especially the construction of new nuclear power plants, is very debatable,” said Johannes Kindler, vice chairman of Germany’s Federal Network Agency for Energy, Gas, Telecommunications, Post, and […]  More »
Louis Meeks holds a jar filled with water from a contaminated well on his property near  in Pavillion, Wyo.  (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Kerry Huller)

EPA, Wyoming agree to more groundwater testing

The agency says some groundwater may have become contaminated by gas development including hydraulic fracturing.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate rejects Keystone XL measures, OKs directing spill fines to Gulf

The Senate on Thursday rejected controversial Republican proposals to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, expand offshore drilling into new waters, and delay environmental regulations for industrial and commercial boilers.  More »

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP’s energy, Keystone XL bill on life support

The House will probably take up the Senate’s transportation bill, Speaker John Boehner said Thursday, signaling his chamber’s own legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline and expand oil-and-gas drilling to fund road projects might not have the needed support to pass.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

Natural gas prices drop sharply on bulging supply

Natural gas is falling sharply after U.S. supplies declined less than expected last week.  More »
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NRG Chief: Shale rush will create a “gas driven world”

NRG Energy CEO David Crane told an audience at the CERA Week energy conference Thursday that economics will be primary driver in declining use of coal in electricity generation.  More »
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk inside an auditorium on the White House complex.  (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

GOP rips Obama over Keystone XL lobbying report

Republicans ripped into President Obama on Thursday in reaction to a media report that he personally lobbied senators to vote against a GOP measure that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the White House said the president opposes ramming through a pipeline without a proper review, and Democrats came to Obama’s defense.  More »
(AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Lawmakers, federal officials debate offshore permit rate

U.S. agencies’ request for more funding to hire people to help review offshore-drilling permits came front-and-center in Congress on Thursday as lawmakers, federal officials and witness continued debating the rate of approvals in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Natural gas revolution continues to fuel CERA buzz

Adding to a dominating industry perspective in recent days on an impending energy revolution, energy executives on Thursday insisted that the American natural gas boom is real and will reshape power supplies for the nation’s cars, homes, phones and even the Internet. “We probably don’t have 100 years, we probably have 200 years supply,” G. […]  More »

Court takes over oil spill claims

A federal judge has agreed to one component of a settlement between BP and plaintiffs who suffered economic or medical damages in the Gulf Oil Spill.  More »
The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan is shown on Nov. 15, 2009, left, and on Monday, March 14, 2011.  (AP Photo/GeoEye, DigitalGlobe)

Japan kept silent on worst nuclear crisis scenario

It also casts doubt about whether the government was sufficiently prepared to cope with what could have been an evacuation of unprecedented scale.  More »
This image made from amateur video and released by Aljizahnews Thursday, March 8, 2012, purports to show a deputy to Syria's oil ministry who identifies himself as Abdo Husameddine at an unidentified location. A man purporting to be Syria's deputy oil minister has announced his defection in an online video that emerged Thursday, saying he is joining the opposition against President Bashar Assad's regime to protest its brutal crackdown that has killed thousands so far. (AP Photo/Aljizahnews via APTN)

Syrian official defects to protest Assad crackdown

Syria’s deputy oil minister announced his defection in an online video that emerged Thursday, making him the highest ranking civilian official to abandon the regime since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted a year ago.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon to spend $150B over 5 years to find oil, gas

Exxon said Thursday that it will spend about $150 billion over the next five years to find more oil and natural gas to meet an expected increase in global energy demand.  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)

Gasoline prices drop across the nation

Daily rises at the pump seem to be a thing of the past – at least, for now.  More »
Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Wall Street speculation blamed for gas price spike

Public anger over high gasoline prices is turning to a familiar target — Wall Street.  More »