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Debate underscores divide on energy policy

Surrogates for Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns debated energy policy on Wednesday, revealing stark differences between their views of the federal government’s role in using taxpayer dollars to support still-developing energy technologies.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

U.S., Canada to drive 2013 non-OPEC oil supply gains

Oil supplies from outside of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries may increase 1.3 percent next year as the U.S. and Canada increase production of unconventional oil, the International Energy Agency said.  More »
CenterPoint Energy says it must build a new transmission line to meet Houston's future electricity needs.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Electric rates not falling along with fuel costs

A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren’t translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.  More »
Steve Colt, professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, discusses energy costs during a hearing on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska. The hearing, the first of several to be held across the state and led by a group of state senators, is to find ways to reduce the high costs of energy in Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Panel delves into issue of high gas prices

A group of state lawmakers delving into the issue of high gas prices is finding no easy answers for trying to provide Alaskans with some relief at the pump.  More »
The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Kenya’s deepwater debut heralds east Africa’s first oil

Apache Corp. (APA) will drill Kenya’s first deepwater oil well next month, a prospect that could add a $70 billion crude find to the record natural-gas discoveries along East Africa’s coast.  More »
Anson Chi who is charged with possessing an explosive device after authorities say he detonated a bomb at a natural gas regulator station in the Dallas suburb of Plano. Chi, critically injured in the blast, had posted anti-government beliefs on Facebook and was wanted for a probation violation in California, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Collin County Sheriff via Dallas Morning News)

Man suspected of gas main bombing indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in suburban Dallas.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Texas gets grants for natural gas vehicle research

Texas A&M and the University of Texas are getting federal grants for work to develop more consumer-friendly natural gas-powered vehicles.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Little damage found from Chevron’s Brazil spill

A federal police spokesman confirms that investigators have found that offshore oil spill near a Chevron well last year caused no significant environmental damage.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answer

A new study being done by the Department of Energy may provide some of the first solid answers to an extremely controversial question: Can gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water?  More »
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Dwindling refrigerant supply raises cost of AC repairs

Staying cool this summer could get a lot more expensive because of the phase-out of an air conditioning refrigerant.  More »
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Noble sells natural gas wells in Panhandle

Noble will sell 900 wells in the Anadarko Basin, largely producing natural gas, to Unit Petroleum in a $617 million deal.  More »
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Voyager Oil and Gas acquires Emerald Oil for $40 million

Montana-based Voyager Oil and Gas acquired Emerald Oil, a smaller operator based in the Niobrara shale, on Tuesday for $40 million, allowing the company to build on its strategy of positioning itself in the Rocky Mountain region, the company said today.  More »