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Canadian PM says Iran threat justifies Keystone XL approval

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments add to those made by some Republicans ever since Iran issued the threats to block its Strait of Hormuz, a path for one-fifth of the world’s oil.  More »
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Bulgaria bans Chevron from using hydraulic fracturing

Bowing to public pressure, Bulgaria’s government said U.S. oil company Chevron cannot explore for shale gas in the country using hydraulic fracturing.  More »
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Big natural gas discovery in offshore Mozambique for Anadarko

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has made another significant discovery of natural gas in offshore Mozambique, with success of its seventh appraisal well in the Rovuma basin area.  More »

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Feds link gas in Ohio water wells to drilling

A federal agency says high natural gas in water wells at two northeast Ohio homes is a public health threat and appears linked to natural gas drilling in the area.  More »
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Chevron: Rig catches fire off Nigeria’s delta

An offshore rig exploring possible deep-water oil and gas fields off Nigeria’s coast for Chevron Corp. caught fire Monday, and the oil company said officials were still trying to account for all those working there.  More »
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Georgia Gulf rejects $1.03 billion bid from Westlake Chemical

Georgia Gulf Corp., North America’s largest maker of vinyl construction products, rejected a $1.03 billion buyout offer from Westlake Chemical Corp. as too low.  More »
(AP file photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Valero expects 4Q earnings to range from zero to 10 cents a share

Valero Energy Corp. said Monday it expects to report earnings in the range of zero to 10 cents a share for the fourth quarter of 2011, but for the full year the company is expected to report its highest annual earnings per share since 2008.  More »
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: Oil embargo would be economic suicide for EU

Iran’s OPEC governor says an embargo by the European Union on Iranian oil would be “economic suicide” for Europe.  More »
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Electricity declines 50 percent with shale boom

A shale-driven glut of natural gas has cut electricity prices for the U.S. power industry by 50 percent and reduced investment in costlier sources of energy.  More »
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)

New Fukushima investigation promises to dig deeper into nuclear crisis

The head of Japan’s latest investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster promised to dig deeper than previous inquiries into the events that unfolded after an earthquake and tsunami struck the country in March.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Drilling could help plug abandoned oil wells

Almost all of the 20 homeowners in Belmar pay to run a water chlorination system to replace what was free well water from an Allegheny River aquifer. In the 1980s, an oil driller polluted the water, in part, they believe, by dumping waste brine into abandoned oil wells that could date to the 1800s, when Edwin L. Drake set off the boom by tapping his famous well in Titusville.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
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Chevron orders three new rigs from Transocean for Thai drilling

Chevron Corp. (CVX), the second-largest U.S. energy company by market value, ordered three new shallow- water drilling rigs from Transocean Ltd. (RIG) that will be used in Thailand exploration projects starting in 2013.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Post-moratorium high for Louisiana OCS active rigs

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle says 38 rigs were actively drilling in Louisiana Outer Continental Shelf waters in the most recent weekly count.  More »
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Afren announces oil discovery off Nigeria coast

Afren PLC says it has discovered a new oil find just off Nigeria’s southern coast.  More »
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Oil climbs above $100 in Asia amid Iran tensions

Oil climbed above $100 a barrel today in Asia after Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of the commodity, indicated it thinks prices should be maintained around that level.  More »