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Chemical industry could provide answer to scratched cars

Scratched and broken plastic could soon be a thing of the past.  More »
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EPA sues India-based firm mining coal in Kentucky

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says coal companies owned by a massive India conglomerate ran illegal surface mines in eastern Kentucky that polluted waterways.  More »
A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Guyana rebuffs Venezuela opposition complaint

An offshore oil exploration concession granted by Guyana’s government to Exxon Mobil Corp. is stirring controversy in neighboring Venezuela.  More »
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No injuries from Texas Panhandle pipeline blast

Officials continue investigating the cause of a gas pipeline explosion in the rural Texas Panhandle.  More »
A sign for $2.99 a gallon gasoline is seen as vehicles wait for a traffic light to turn green at a Hot Spot convenience store on the corner of Henry and Converse Streets on Friday, June 1, 2012 in Spartanburg, S.C. Oil prices plunged as bleak reports on U.S. job growth and manufacturing heightened worries about a slowing global economy. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

$3 gasoline could happen for some states as prices continue decline

Gasoline prices seemed destined for a nightmare earlier this year, but the past few weeks, the prices at the pump are turning to a dream for some.  More »
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Oil Sands targeted in latest Sierra Club video

The environmentalist group takes aim at pipeline proposals to carry Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast in a video titled, “The Tar Sands Pipelines: The Dirtiest Oil on Earth.”  More »
Manas Goyal operates the dome simulator at Aker Solutions' training facility in Katy. It has high-quality animation technology that provides 3-D images. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Company demonstrates offshore rig simulator

Oil services company Aker Solutions showed off its Katy training academy Wednesday, gearing up to meet new requirements for teaching drill operators and their employers to make offshore drilling safer and more efficient.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Chesapeake developed shopping centers as gas prices fell

Chesapeake Energy Corp., under fire from investor Carl Icahn for focusing on “non-core assets,” has amassed more than $300 million of real estate in its home- town Oklahoma City area, including shopping centers.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

BP shouldn’t get White House e-mails in spill case, U.S. says

BP Plc (BP/) isn’t entitled access to e- mail communications between the White House and other top U.S. officials during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010, a government lawyer told a federal judge.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Pennsylvania county’s dreams of wealth didn’t work out

Four years ago, as the economy was entering a devastating recession, swaths of rural Pennsylvania were booming.  More »
Billionaire Ambani is adding retail stores and expanding his petrochemical business to revive operating profit, which fell in the year ended March 31 for the first time since at least 2003. Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Reliance to invest $18 billion in India to double profit

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), owner of the world’s largest oil-refining complex, plans to invest 1 trillion rupees ($18 billion) in India in the next five years to double operating profit.  More »
A new poll shows that Americans would rather get a break on their energy bills than take a break for vacation.  Asked about their priorities, a majority in an AP-NORC Center poll valued saving money on energy, reducing the amount of electricity they use, and making sure their home is energy efficient ahead of having the latest tablet or smartphone, or going on vacation. Less than one in five thought a summer trip or the latest electronic gadget was more important than taking steps to reduce their energy use.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Americans put saving money ahead of vacations

As summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach.  More »