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Valero to shutter Aruba refinery

Valero Energy Corp. is closing its refinery in Aruba and may turn it into a terminal and storage operation.  More »
Actor Alec Baldwin attends a gala in New York City March 12, 2012. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Alec Baldwin calls Oklahoma senator an “oil whore”

Television actor Alec Baldwin launched into a fiery attack against Republican Jim Inhofe on Twitter, accusing the Oklahoma Senator of being an “oil whore.”  More »
Bill Ford

Houston among the first cities to get electric Ford Focus

Houston and Austin will be among the first cities in the United States to get the new Ford Focus electric car, officials said.  More »
Joy Demark says she's saved in the neighborhood of $20 a month on her electricity bill by changing her habits. She says, for example, that she now runs her dishwasher only a few times a week, when it's stuffed. (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)

Skeptics say new meters not so smart

For a few homeowners, having a smart meter doesn’t seem like a bright idea.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama to Congress: Kill oil industry’s tax breaks

Pump prices on his mind, President Barack Obama says Congress should kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy.  More »
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu answers questions during a news conference in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Romney tells Obama to fire ‘gas hike’ advisers

Mitt Romney is telling President Barack Obama to fire his top energy advisers.  More »
Nuke Lab

Texas company could bury 1st nuke waste in April

Trucks carrying low-level radioactive waste from 38 states will likely be rolling along Texas highways as early as April, bound for permanent burial at a dump near the New Mexico border.  More »

BP whistle-blower says Gulf Atlantis facility remains unsafe

BP Plc’s Atlantis facility remains unsafe, according to a whistle-blower who said in a court filing that the company’s second-largest oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico is operating under permits BP obtained by lying to regulators.  More »
This Feb, 13, 2012 photo shows gas prices at Exxon and BP Mini-mart in Scott Township, Pa. Consumer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in January, pushed up by higher gas, clothing costs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

House pumps up for gas price assault on Obama

President Barack Obama’s energy policies will face a double-barreled assault this week as the Republican-controlled House holds two hearings focused on surging gasoline prices.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Alaska lawmakers set to take up gas line bills

Alaska lawmakers are set to take up competing in-state natural gas pipeline bills this week.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Pipeline going deeper under Clark Fork River

ConocoPhillips is replacing a fuel pipeline under the Clark Fork River with a much deeper pipe, officials say.  More »
Nordic activists from environment group Greenpeace demonstrate in the port of Helsinki, Finland on Friday March 16, 2012. Greenpeace activists have boarded two Finnish icebreakers in Helsinki to protest oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Ocean. Some 17 demonstrators boarded the icebreakers while others clambered onto cranes with banners demanding that Shell Oil Co. suspend plans to drill in the fragile northern waters.   (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander)

Coast Guard prepares for Arctic drilling protests

The Coast Guard chief of staff in Alaska says the agency is preparing for possible protests of petroleum drilling in Arctic waters at a port where support vessels may be staged.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil falls below $107 in Asia

Oil prices fell below $107 a barrel today in Asia amid mixed signs about U.S. economic strength.  More »
Chevron oil drilling platform 230 miles off Rio de Janeiro in November 2011. (Marcia Foletto/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge bars Chevron, Transocean execs from leaving Brazil

Brazilian prosecutors said Saturday they will file criminal charges against 17 executives of Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. for a new oil leak near the offshore well where at least 110,000 gallons (about 416,000 liters) spilled late last year.  More »
(AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Dynegy disputes examiner’s conclusion of fraudulent transfer

Dynegy is both troubled and disappointed by the examiner’s report as we continue to believe our restructuring activities benefited all stakeholders and were conducted in the proper manner,” CEO Robert C. Flexon said .  More »