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Wyoming oilmen diversify to survive the bust

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Casper businesses were the hub for Wyoming’s oilfields during the boom years. Today, they are rewriting business plans, reassigning machines for jobs outside the oil patch and experimenting with new product lines.

Wyoming oilmen diversify to survive the bust

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(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)
Casper businesses were the hub for Wyoming’s oilfields during the boom years. Today, they are rewriting business plans, reassigning machines for jobs outside the oil patch and experimenting with new product lines.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation CEO Al Walker. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Anadarko Petroleum cuts dividend 81 percent

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The cut will save the company $450 million annually.
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP operated off shore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)

BP sues US government over suspension from new federal contracts

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Because of the suspension, BP has lost out on potentially billions of dollars of business with the U.S. government.
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Texas oil boom spurs more job growth

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Texas continues to add energy jobs in impressive numbers, even as the broader employment picture across the country remains a bit cloudy.
A compressed natural gas tank will hold the fuel for natural-gas powered versions of Ford Motor Co's. popular F-150 pickup, which the company will start producing for the 2014 model year. (Ford)

Natural gas fuel use could be a long haul, even for a pickup

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Acceptance of natural gas as a consumer motor fuel has a long road ahead, even if Texans soon will be able to travel it in a gas-powered version of their favorite vehicle – a Ford F-150 pickup.
A masked demonstrator holds up a Mexican flag during a march to protest against what they claim is a government plan to privatize PEMEX, the state-owned oil company, and also to mark the one year anniversary of the election of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Mexico president submits bill to end Mexico’s energy monopoly

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President Enrique Pena Nieto presented a bill to Congress today that would split state-owned crude producer Petroleos Mexicanos into two units and end a seven-decade state oil monopoly by allowing private investment.
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Then the OPEC president, Chakib Khelil, of Algeria, gestures during an OPEC meeting in Oran, western Algeria in 2008.(AP Photo/Ouahab Hebbat)

Algeria issues arrest warrant for ex-OPEC leader

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Algeria has an inquiry into allegations that oil company ENI and subsidiary SAIPEM paid $256.1 million in bribes to secure a $14.6 billion contract with Sonatrach.
Categories: Middle East
Oil wells in the Midway-Sunset oil field in Fellows, Calif. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

‘Acidizing’ oil wells — bigger than fracking?

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A report this week examines “acidizing” in California, an oil production technique that involves pouring large amounts of hydrofluoric or hydrochloric acid down wells and which could be more effective than hydraulic fracturing as a way to unlock the Monterey Shale.
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Tips to save power (and money) in the summer heat

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Hot summer days mean high electricity bills, unless you’re up to speed on the latest power saving tips. And thanks to a survey of some electricity providers, we’ve got some ideas for you.
Categories: Electricity
About 200 activists stage a sit-in outside the US State Department in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline in an attempt to maintain pressure on President Obama to keep his promise to fight climate change by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, August 12, 2013, in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Keystone foes step up protests with State Dept. demonstration

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More than 100 Keystone XL pipeline critics protested outside the State Department for the first time today, arguing that the government’s analysis of the project is biased and flawed.
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Oil industry begins running new ad on renewable fuels (video)

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The American Petroleum Institute on Monday launched a new round of advertising taking aim at an eight-year-old renewable fuels mandate it wants Congress to repeal.

Drumbeat: August 12, 2013

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Amid Pipeline Debate, Two Costly Cleanups Forever Change Towns
MARSHALL, Mich. — As the Obama administration inches closer to a decision on whether to approve construction of the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline, costly cleanup efforts in two commun…
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In a Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 file photo, the Empire State Building towers over the skyline of a blackout-darkened New York City just before dawn.  Power lines from Jersey City, N.J., are in foreground. Ten years after a blackout cascading from Ohio affected 50 million people, utilities and analysts say changes made in the aftermath make a similar outage unlikely today, though shifts in where and how power is generated raise new reliability concerns for the U.S. electric grid system. (AP Photo/File, George Widman, File)

Ten years after blackout, US grid faces new threats

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The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced.
Categories: Electricity, Weather
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House calls for increased grid spending

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The cost of weather-related power outages is high and rising as storms grow more severe and the U.S. electric grid gets older, according to an Obama Administration report that calls for increased spending on the nation’s electric power system.