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Coal company files for bankruptcy

In the latest signs of coal’s decline, a Midwestern company files for bankruptcy just as coal is dethroned as the nation’s leading power producer.  More »
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Chesapeake told to pay $100 million over Texas gas lease claims

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) was ordered to pay more than $100 million to three Texas lease holders who claimed the second-largest U.S. gas producer reneged on agreements to purchase mineral rights.  More »
Former Houston mayor Bill White speaks at the Arab-American Voters forum. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Former Houston mayor joins Lazard to seek energy deals

Lazard Ltd. (LAZ), the largest independent merger adviser, hired former Houston mayor Bill White as chairman of its business in the city to help the firm win energy deals.  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)

Cornell researcher rebuts colleagues on fracking leaks

Replacing coal with natural gas cuts the creation of greenhouse gases that cause global warming, a Cornell University researcher has concluded, rebutting the findings of colleagues at the university.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Study: Gulf oil spill might have lasting impact

New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have affected microscopic life in ways that might not become apparent for years.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil output continues rise, 639K barrels in May

Even though oil prices have been falling, North Dakota’s oil production continues to rise.  More »
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Shell boosts LNG marketing with $74 million Gasnor purchase

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will buy Norwegian liquefied natural-gas supplier Gasnor for $74 million to target marine customers before new environmental regulations are introduced in 2015.  More »

BP uncertain if Norwegian oil strike will delay Skarv production

BP Plc said it did not yet know whether a 16-day strike by Norwegian oil workers would delay a planned fourth-quarter production start at its Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea.  More »
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Building costs rise at US nuclear sites

America’s first new nuclear plants in more than a decade are costing billions more to build and sometimes taking longer to deliver than planned, problems that could chill the industry’s hopes for a jumpstart to the nation’s new nuclear age.  More »

Williams Partners joins in $800 million Utica Shale investment

Williams Partners LP is joining with Caiman Energy II LLC and private-equity firms EnCap Flatrock Midstream and Highstar Capital to invest $800 million in pipelines and processing facilities for oil and natural-gas production in the Utica Shale.  More »
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Potential loss of tax credit becalms wind industry

The wind power industry, which has been one of the nation’s fastest growing energy sectors, is facing layoffs and factory closings as a federal subsidy nears an end.  More »
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Duke to NC regulators: CEO’s term not guaranteed

Duke Energy Corp.’s surprise CEO said Tuesday that America’s largest electric company dumped Progress Energy Inc. CEO Bill Johnson the same evening it was created in a merger because directors of the two merging corporations worried about Johnson’s authoritarian style and being forced to pump billions into a troubled Florida nuclear plant.  More »