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Texas feels first heat wave as power demand surges

The electric grid provider for most of Texas on Tuesday urged businesses and residents to conserve energy this summer as the state’s first major heat wave of the year prompted record energy use for two straight days.  More »
The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas car, named Green Car of the Year for 2012, is displayed after its unveiling at press preview day for the Los Angeles Auto Show. Fill 'er up _ with natural gas. High pump prices are encouraging GM and Chrysler to roll out pickups that run on natural gas, which is plentiful and cheap in the U.S..  Here's a look at what models are coming, what's already out there and where to go to fill up. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Column: Natural-gas cars can drive us toward a better economy

Armenia is not generally known as a world leader, but it holds at least one record: Seventy-five percent of its cars and trucks run on natural gas.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Study: Oil spill caused some land erosion

A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010.  More »
Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

Tariffs on solar-gear imports from China raised by U.S.

The U.S. Commerce Department determined that Chinese solar-product imports should be subject to additional tariffs to offset government subsidies, according to an agency document.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Guyana gives oil exploration rights to Anadarko

Guyana has awarded exploration rights to Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which is oil off the South American country’s coast.  More »
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Nigeria replaces state-run oil company executives

Nigeria’s president has replaced executives of the oil-rich West African nation’s state-run oil company.  More »
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BP says Colorado gas explosion occurred during line inspection

BP was running a pigging device through a pipeline feeding gas into a compressor station in Colorado when an explosion occurred yesterday, killing one contract worker and injuring two others.  More »
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Industry group develops standards for offshore safety auditors

A Houston-based industry organization is developing certification requirements for auditors to examine safety systems for the offshore industry.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. gasoline prices cheapest since January

Americans are now spending roughly $200 million per day less on gas than in early April.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko may bring Exxon Mobil into Phobos project

Exxon Mobil may cover Anadarko’s costs for the project’s first exploration well.  More »
Nuclear  Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko briefs White House reporters on Thursday, March 17, 2011 regarding nuclear concerns following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. (AP Photo)

Report: Nuclear safety chief bullied workers

An internal investigation has concluded that the departing chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission engaged in bullying and intimidation, creating a tense working environment at the agency.  More »
With federal inspectors watching, Shell deploys its Arctic well capping stack in the Puget Sound. (Photo: Shell Oil Co.)

Salazar: Feds likely to approve Shell’s Arctic drilling permits

A top Obama administration official predicted today that Shell will win government permits to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska, despite stiff environmental opposition.  More »