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In this image made off Japan's NTV/NNN Japan television footage, smoke ascends from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's Unit 3 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan on Monday, March 14. The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked Japan's stricken nuclear plant Monday, sending a massive column of smoke into the air and wounding 11 workers. (AP Photo/NTV/NNN Japan)

Fukushima plant faces typhoon summer with added tornado threat

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant faces its second typhoon season since the March 11 disaster last year, raising the risk of further radiation leaks if storms thrash exposed pools of uranium fuel rods or tanks holding contaminated water.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon, Rosneft arctic drilling assailed by Greenpeace

Celebrities joined advocacy group Greenpeace International in seeking a ban on oil drilling and excessive fishing in Arctic waters that would scuttle plans by Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and its Russian state-run rival OAO Rosneft to extract petroleum there.  More »
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Feds announce 1st major solar plant on tribal land

Federal officials have approved a solar plant on an Indian reservation outside Las Vegas, marking the nation’s first commercial-grade solar energy project on tribal land and new territory for the Obama administration’s renewable energy agenda.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND flared gas increases though below record levels

State records show the amount of natural gas that was burned off as a byproduct of oil production increased in April by 2 percent.  More »
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Sierra Club wants Neb. nuke plant to lose license

The Sierra Club of Iowa asked federal regulators Thursday to revoke the operating license of Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant because of its history of safety violations.  More »
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Delta gets approval for pipeline transfer

State regulators have approved a pipeline transfer that’s part of Delta Air Lines’ plan to buy a suburban Philadelphia oil refinery and produce its own jet fuel.  More »
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It costs $1.36 to charge iPad for a year, group says

The study was by the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by electric utilities.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Plaintiff Steering Committee travels Gulf region to explain BP settlement

The committee that negotiated a proposed settlement of thousands of claims arising from the 2010 oil spill are explaining it to other plaintiff lawyers this week at presentations in Houston and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.  More »
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High court throws out Southern Union’s $18M fine

The Supreme Court threw out an $18 million penalty Thursday against a natural gas company convicted of violating an environmental law.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon, Total, Melrose Vie for Black Sea drilling in Bulgaria

Exxon Mobil Corp., Total SA, and Melrose Resources Plc are competing for a permit to explore for natural gas in the deep waters of the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast as the country seeks to boost local output to one third of consumption.  More »
Workers join sections of pipe on a Trinidad Drilling rig leased by Chesapeake Energy north of Douglas, Wyo. Photo: Alan Rogers / Copyright 2012 CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Former Conoco executive is new Chesapeake chairman

Archie W. Dunham, former chairman of Houston’s ConocoPhillips and former CEO Conoco, takes over as Chesapeake’s new independent non-executive chairman.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Houston prices continue their slow decline to $3

Gasoline prices are continuing their slow, steady decline toward $3 as prices dropped 5 cents in Houston over the past week.  More »