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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 »
Signs opposing the hydraulic fracturing process of drilling for gas, or "fracking"  are posted in Evans City, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Industry analysis pokes holes in EPA hydraulic fracturing study

The Environmental Protection Agency’s multi-year investigation of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water supplies is overbroad, underfunded and too ambitious, according to an analysis commissioned by two energy industry trade groups that was released Tuesday.  More »
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Exxon, Shell top Fortune 500 Global list

Shell Oil and Exxon Mobil took the top two spots on the Fortune 500 Global list, edging out Wal-Mart for the top spot in the annual listing.  More »
A worker monitors water in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township, Mich., near the Kalamazoo River as oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., is attempted to be trapped by booms. Federal investigators are expected to present their findings Tuesday, July 10, 2012 on the likely cause of a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the river nearly two years ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Probe: Neglect, inaction caused huge Mich. spill

Federal investigators say a Canadian company’s neglect of cracks in one of its oil pipelines and slow response to a 2010 rupture in southwestern Michigan caused the most expensive onshore spill in U.S. history.  More »
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Environmentalists challenge Shell’s Arctic spill plans

Roughly a dozen environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the government’s decision to sign off on Shell’s plans for cleaning up any oil spilled during Arctic drilling over the next two summers.  More »