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Duke Energy’s troubles far from over, analysts say

Business experts who follow Duke Energy Corp. say the country’s biggest electric company has months of problems ahead after ousting the Progress Energy CEO who had been long been promised the job as chief of the post-merger giant.  More »
Drivers test out the Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show (AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Opinion: Jump-start electric car market via buyers

Much has been made about the U.S. government’s botched $535 million in loan guarantees to Solyndra LLC, the California solar-panel maker whose business imploded, leaving taxpayers burned.  More »
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Abu Dhabi says BP not invited in June to bid for onshore oil

BP Plc (BP/) wasn’t invited last month to bid for onshore oilfield concessions in the United Arab Emirates, the head of state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said.  More »
Workers join sections of pipe on a Trinidad Drilling rig leased by Chesapeake Energy north of Douglas, Wyo. Photo: Alan Rogers / Copyright 2012 CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Chesapeake picks site as base for Ohio operations

Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to headquarter its Utica Shale operations in eastern Ohio at new offices near Canton.  More »
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Proposal has $10M oil impact money for colleges

A proposed budget for North Dakota’s colleges includes $10 million to help ease the impact of oil development in Williston and Dickinson.  More »
A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. A pair of bombs struck two oil pipelines on Friday in southern Iraq, causing a temporary cut in production at the country's largest oil field, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq warns Turkey over separate Kurdish oil deal

Baghdad warned Turkey on Sunday that its separate oil deal with Iraq’s northern self-ruled Kurdish region could damage trade relations, the latest sign of tension between the two neighbors.  More »
Algae-based biofuel is loaded on the Self Defense Test Ship, formally a destroyer, the USS Paul F. Foster, at Naval Base Point Loma undergoing tests using the algae based biofuel in San Diego. (AP Photo/The San Diego Union-Tribune, Howard Lipin)

KU researcher fuels new use of wastewater

A University of Kansas researcher wants wastewater to be less so by using it to manufacture biofuel.  More »
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UAE starts up pipeline to bypass Strait of Hormuz

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday inaugurated a much-anticipated overland oil pipeline that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway.  More »
In this Saturday, July 14, 2012 photo provided by Capt. Kristjan B. Laxfoss, a Shell drilling ship drifts near shore near Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island, Alaska. The Coast Guard says an inspection of the Shell drilling ship that lost its mooring and drifted toward shore of an Alaska Island shows no signs of damage or grounding. Photo: Capt. Kristjan B. Laxfoss / AP

Inspection finds no damage to Shell’s drilling ship, Coast Guard says

An inspection of a Shell drilling ship that lost its mooring and drifted toward shore of an Alaska Island showed no signs of damage or grounding, the Coast Guard said Sunday.  More »
A skiff runs alongside Greenpeace's Esperanza in June at Kodiak City. (AP Photo/James Brooks, Kodiak Daily Mirror)

Lawmakers ask feds to step up scrutiny of Arctic-bound Greenpeace ships

With Greenpeace protesters planning to shadow Shell’s drillships in the Arctic this summer, some lawmakers want to know why the environmentalists’ vessels aren’t getting as much scrutiny as the energy giant’s fleet.  More »
The Noble Paul Romano. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

Noble commands $618K dayrate for latest Gulf of Mexico bound rig

As demand for drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow, the day rates for rigs keep climbing to dizzying heights. Noble Corporation announcing on Thursday a new three-year drilling contract with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for $618,000 per day.  More »
In this undated photo released by the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement, an aerial view of an Apollo Fuels mine near Middlesboro, Ky. where vegetation is being established during the reclamation process.

Coal operators watched from above

Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that’s been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining.  More »