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W.Va Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin talks with Buzz Tabone, Vice President of Sales Zoresco, a company who converts vehicles to Natural Gas after Tomblin signed Executive Order No. 10-12 which established the Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force Tuesday June 19, 2012 at the West Virginia Department  of Highway District 4 office in Bridgeport, W.Va. The task force will have education, experience or specialized knowledge regarding the natural gas industry, alternative fuels, petroleum marketing, transportation and safety, as well as performing analysis of the cost savings by governmental agencies converting gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicles to natural gas-fueled vehicles. (AP Photo/Times West Virginian, Tammy Shriver)

US boosts research into natural gas-powered cars

As natural gas competes with increasingly costly oil as a heating fuel, researchers are now looking at it to run the family car.  More »
Chevron oil drilling platform 230 miles off Rio de Janeiro in November 2011. (Marcia Foletto/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron faces $25 million in fines for Frade spill

Brazil’s oil regulator is preparing about $25 million in fines against Chevron Corp. (CVX) related to an oil spill last November at the Frade field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Agencia Estado reported today.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Colorado, Oklahoma pitch natural-gas cars in Michigan

The governors of Oklahoma and Colorado met with executives from General Motors Co. (GM), Ford Motor Co. (F) and Fiat SpA (F)’s Chrysler Group LLC, to ask for more cars and trucks with engines that run on compressed natural gas.  More »
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Offshore wind slump means no firm orders for GE, Siemens

Sales of offshore wind turbines collapsed in the first half, a sign the power industry and its financiers are struggling to meet the ambitions of leaders from Angela Merkel in Germany to Britain’s David Cameron.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

NE Ohio protesters mark protest at wastewater well

A Maryland man faces two misdemeanor charges after chaining himself to a gate at a northeast Ohio deep-injection well in order to block trucks carrying wastewater from oil and gas drilling.  More »
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell hits snags in path to Arctic drilling

Shell’s plans to launch exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters this summer have been hit by a series of setbacks in recent days.  More »
A canoe race at Pim-Poum Beach in Kourou, French Guiana. (Photo: Arria Belli)

Tullow abandons well off South American coast

Tullow Oil’s first well off the coast of Guyana will be abandoned for safety reasons as the company continues to bet on South American offshore prospects, it said Monday.  More »
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Pipeline co. fined $5,000 for oil spill in Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Enterprise Crude Pipeline $5,000 for spilling some 4,200 gallons of crude oil into a Texas tributary that feeds into a major river.  More »
Union Pacific is upgrading Houston's huge Englewood Yard. The company has added 785 Texas employees this year, largely to respond to the booming Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. Photo: Nick De La Torre / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

MLPs increasingly popular for service firms

Master limited partnerships in the energy sphere aren’t just for pipeline companies anymore – this corporate structure is now being increasingly used by oilfield services companies to provide more control over investment decisions, according to a Tudor Pickering analyst’s note.  More »

Shell drops out of race for Cove, leaving PTTEP as winner

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest energy producer, pulled out of the race for Cove Energy Plc, leaving Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production Pcl as the sole bidder for the East Africa-focused explorer.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Experts debate the advantages, disadvantages to drilling boom

A group of experts debated whether the United States is benefiting from the natural gas boom or whether the uptick in drilling is causing more harm than good.  More »
The "blue" Tesla Model S sedan sits on display in the parking lot at Tesla Headquarters on Friday July 13, 2012 in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle / SF

Tesla test drive: Smooth, silent, fast

A word of caution about the Model S, Tesla Motors’ new electric sedan: Car buffs who live for the rumble of a big, bad, gas-burning engine may want to look elsewhere. The S stays smooth and silent, even when it’s flying down the highway.  More »