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A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

PG&E pledges crackdown on repeated pressure surges

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has accidentally over-pressurized pipelines on its gas system more than 120 times since the San Bruno explosion – a rate that the company’s top gas official says is unacceptable and that experts fear could increase the risk of a similar disaster.  More »
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Pa. health care company seeks gas drilling facts

Some people are absolutely sure gas drilling threatens public health, while others are absolutely sure it doesn’t.  More »
Organic dairy farmer Siobhan Griffin stands in a field with her cows a field at Raindance Farm in Westville, N.Y. While other states are reaping the wealth of the Marcellus Shale, New York has had a moratorium on drilling for four years while it overhauls regulations amid intense lobbying for a ban. Griffin, who raises grass-fed cows and sells organic cheese, doesn’t see gas as the answer. Rather, she fears for her cows if drilling comes to neighboring leased land. She points to Pennsylvania, where 28 cows were quarantined from sale after they drank wastewater, and Louisiana, where 17 cows died after drinking contaminated water. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

For NY farmers, fracking means salvation — or ruin

When Dan Fitzsimmons looks across the Susquehanna River and sees the flares of Pennsylvania gas wells, he thinks bitterly of the riches beneath his own land locked up by the heated debate that has kept hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, out of New York.  More »
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The location of the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea (Image: Uwe Dedering)

Iran finds its first Caspian Sea oil for more than a century

Iran has discovered oil in its Caspian Sea waters for the first time in more than a century, the state-run Fars news agency reported.  More »
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Shell shareholders advised to oppose CEO’s pay

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s shareholders were urged by corporate-governance adviser Pensions and Investment Research Consultants to block a pay increase being awarded to Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser, the Sunday Telegraph reported, citing a report by PIRC.  More »
This oil drilling platform, known as ``Mr. Charlie, '' was the first mobile offshore rig. It is now part of an oil industry museum in Morgan City, La. (Photo: Handout)

Offshore inspectors use Mr. Charlie

Federal regulators are using a historic drilling rig in Morgan City as a classroom for new inspectors.  More »
The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Total to put staff back on North Sea platform

The French oil company Total says it is preparing to put staff back on a North Sea platform after confirming that a gas leak has been stopped.  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas on Thursday May 5, 2011. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Chesapeake directors cut their pay amid criticism

Chesapeake Energy Corp’s board of directors will take a 20 percent pay cut and will no longer use the company’s private jet, according to a company announcement Friday. The board voted to cut its own pay and limit its access to the jet after consulting with an “independent compensation adviser,” according to the company statement. […]  More »
In this photo provided by NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, a well preserved shipwreck, roughly 200 years olf, is seen about 200 miles off the coast of La., at a depth around 4,000 feet, in the Gulf of Mexico, Friday, April 26, 2012. Clearly visible on the bow are lead draft marks, Roman numerals VI and VII, which were used to indicate how the ship was loaded. (AP Photo/NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)

200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

An oil company exploration crew’s chance discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck in a little-charted stretch of the Gulf of Mexico is yielding a trove of new information to scientists who say it’s one of the most well-preserved old wrecks ever found in the Gulf.  More »
(Photo: Brian Snelson)

Repsol: Exploratory oil well off Cuba comes up dry

Spanish oil company Repsol says an exploratory well it drilled off Cuba is unsuccessful and will be abandoned.  More »
Demonstrators hold up signs in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline project in the US, and the Tar Sands Development in Alberta Canada. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Court denies request to rethink pipeline ruling

A state appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that lets Calgary-based TransCanada avoid paying nearly $19 million in property taxes for 2011.  More »
Photo shows the remains of 2012 Fisker Karma after a fire engulfed the vehicle last week.(Courtesy of Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor law firm)

Fisker Karma fire in Texas garage being probed by NHTSA

U.S. auto-safety regulators are investigating a Texas garage fire that destroyed a Fisker Automotive Inc. Karma, a $103,000 plug-in electric vehicle.  More »