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Public trust question lingers over emissions suit in Texas

A judge ruled in favor of a group of minors, including a 3-year-old boy, who sued the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for failing to uphold the public trust doctrine by refusing to curb carbon emissions.  More »
Wade Youngblood, a production team leader, walks up a set of steps on the Helix Producer 1 in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011(Photo: Rusty Costanza/ The Times-Picayune)

Helix Energy announced oil discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Houston-based Helix Energy said it discovered oil at an offshore project off the coast of Galveston, officials said.  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Cheaper gas keeps Houston consumer prices flat

Lower energy costs helped to push overall consumer prices in the Houston area down 0.6 percent during May and June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.  More »
A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Deputy Energy Secretary: Technology key to harnessing natural gas potential

Fresh off a visit to Houston, Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman touts the importance of developing new technology to expand the use of natural gas in vehicles.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

North Texas rocked by 11 earthquakes in 40 days

It’s been a shaky time in North Texas over the past month and half.  More »
A family plays on Nakoso beach in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Fukushima prefecture (state) has opened its first beach to swimmers since last year's nuclear disaster after judging the water to be safe. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Fukushima opens first beach since nuke crisis

Fukushima prefecture has opened its first beach to swimmers since last year’s nuclear disaster after judging the water to be safe.  More »
The control room of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in Austin, 2002. (Houston Chronicle file photo)

Auditor finds no manipulation of electricity market

The independent market monitor for the Public Utility Commission, Dan Jones, said Monday that there was no market manipulation of wholesale electricity prices on June 25 and 26 when power usage and prices soared and demand for electricity set records for the Texas grid.  More »
A massive fire from a PG&E pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E memo: Downgrading leaks would cut costs

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. suggested to managers before the San Bruno pipeline explosion that downgrading more than 2,300 natural-gas leaks – and potentially not fixing them – would save the company nearly $5 million, according to an internal document obtained by The Chronicle.  More »
W.Va Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin talks with Buzz Tabone, Vice President of Sales Zoresco, a company who converts vehicles to Natural Gas after Tomblin signed Executive Order No. 10-12 which established the Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force Tuesday June 19, 2012 at the West Virginia Department  of Highway District 4 office in Bridgeport, W.Va. The task force will have education, experience or specialized knowledge regarding the natural gas industry, alternative fuels, petroleum marketing, transportation and safety, as well as performing analysis of the cost savings by governmental agencies converting gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicles to natural gas-fueled vehicles. (AP Photo/Times West Virginian, Tammy Shriver)

US boosts research into natural gas-powered cars

As natural gas competes with increasingly costly oil as a heating fuel, researchers are now looking at it to run the family car.  More »
Chevron oil drilling platform 230 miles off Rio de Janeiro in November 2011. (Marcia Foletto/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron faces $25 million in fines for Frade spill

Brazil’s oil regulator is preparing about $25 million in fines against Chevron Corp. (CVX) related to an oil spill last November at the Frade field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Agencia Estado reported today.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Colorado, Oklahoma pitch natural-gas cars in Michigan

The governors of Oklahoma and Colorado met with executives from General Motors Co. (GM), Ford Motor Co. (F) and Fiat SpA (F)’s Chrysler Group LLC, to ask for more cars and trucks with engines that run on compressed natural gas.  More »
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Offshore wind slump means no firm orders for GE, Siemens

Sales of offshore wind turbines collapsed in the first half, a sign the power industry and its financiers are struggling to meet the ambitions of leaders from Angela Merkel in Germany to Britain’s David Cameron.  More »