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Crews prepare Alaska well blowout site for cleanup

Crews in Alaska’s North Slope have removed some drilling fluid and contaminated snow from areas near a rig involved in a petroleum well blowout.  More »
Workers wait in the evacuation area at the BP Cherry Point  Refinery during a refinery fire, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 north of Ferndale, Wash. A fire at Washington's largest oil refinery broke out Friday afternoon, sparking bursts of flames and creating a thick plume of black smoke that could be seen for miles. (AP Photo/The Bellingham Herald, Philip A. Dwyer)

Faulty flange link eyed as possible cause of fire

A spokesman says a fire at BP’s Cherry Point refinery might have been caused by a leaky flange connection.  More »
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Ecuador court snubs arbitration panel on Chevron

An Ecuadorean appeals court has rejected an order by an international arbitration panel seeking to prevent Amazon rain forest residents from collecting an $18 billion damage award against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination.  More »
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Oil pumps work at sunset Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Iran says may cut oil to more European countries

Tehran is considering extending an oil embargo on France and Britain to other European countries, a semiofficial Iranian news agency reported Monday.  More »
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Mexico's Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa after they signed the United States-Mexico Agreement Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico in February 2012. (CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S., Mexico, reach accord on drilling below maritime border

The U.S. and Mexican governments agreed Monday to cooperate on oil and gas development in waters along the nations’ maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
A unicyclist rides pass a gasoline pricing sign in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

5 tips on getting the best gasoline price

Gasoline prices just keep going up and there’s much speculation they’ll hit $4 a gallon at the pump by Easter. So everybody’s going to need some help around high prices.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

George Mitchell: The duty to fracture responsibly

Natural gas is a wondrous fuel. It emits less carbon dioxide, less mercury, less nitrogen oxide, less sulfur oxide than any other hydrocarbon energy source.  More »
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Port’s energy trade includes wind power equipment

The Port of Houston Authority has touted a big increase in steel imports as a result of the shale-driven energy boom gripping Texas and other states.  More »
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Steffy: Nabors’ execs tout charity, but donations pale compared with pay policies

As a general rule, corporate giving is a good thing. Unless, of course, it’s used to downplay corporate taking.  More »
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Cleanup under way after lubricant leaks into Highlands flood canal

Thousands of gallons of oily lubricant may have leaked into a Highlands’ flood control canal and into the San Jacinto River on Sunday, officials said.  More »
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)

BP spill deal possible this week after Mitsui, analyst says

BP Plc (BP/), operator of the Macondo well that caused the U.S.’s worst oil spill, may reach a settlement for the disaster this week after a partner agreed on fines, an Oppenheimer & Co. analyst said.  More »
BP Cherry Point Refinery fire, north of Ferndale, WA., Feb. 17, 2012. Fire crews doused a dramatic blaze that broke out Friday Feb. 17, 2012at Washington's largest oil refinery, sending up towering flames and creating a thick plume of black smoke visible for miles. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Philip A. Dwyer, Bellingham Herald)

State investigates cause of Wash.’s refinery blaze

State safety inspectors are investigating the cause of a dramatic blaze at Washington’s largest oil refinery Friday near Blaine, as BP launched its own review into why it happened.  More »