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Houston Mayor backs EPA coal rule ahead of Senate vote

Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined dozens of other mayor who are supporting recent announced Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants.  More »
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Federal court rules in favor of Pa. gas pipeline

A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a bid by a coalition of environmental groups to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains.  More »
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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says coal’s problems economic, not regulation

Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson said the coal industry’s problems involve the relative price of coal and natural gas, not her agency’s regulations.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Electric-car battery maker claims big breakthrough, stock jumps

Shares of A123 Systems jumped in early trading after the embattled electronic-car battery maker said that it had developed new lithium ion technology capable of operating in extreme heat or cold.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

BP looks for growth in Gulf, starts new field

BP has started oil production at its Galapagos development, comprising three wells under more than a mile of water in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Transocean's Marianas semisubmersible drilling rig. (Photo: Transocean)

Transocean, Songa see potential for force majeure in Norway

Transocean Ltd. and Songa Offshore SE said a strike by well-service workers offshore Norway may cause explorers to trigger force majeure clauses.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Former DOJ official breaks down spill criminal scenarios

A former DOJ prosecutor explains that the government and BP are mostly likely trying to negotiate a pre-indictment resolution for possible criminal charges against the company, in which both the charges and a settlement amount would be announced at the same time.  More »
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak about energy during a campaign stop in Tunkhannock, Pa., April 5, 2012. Jake Danna Stevens/The Scranton Times-Tribune/AP Photo

Romney helped spark green-energy boom in Massachusetts

Mitt Romney’s criticism of President Barack Obama for promoting green-energy subsidies may keep the former Massachusetts governor from boasting about his own contribution to his state’s expanding clean-energy industry.  More »
Actor Kevin Costner, center, arrives at Federal Court in New Orleans with two unidentified women in New Orleans, Monday, June 4, 2012. Stephen Baldwin has sued Costner over their investments in a device that BP used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal lawsuit filed in New Orleans by Baldwin and a friend claims Costner and a business partner duped them out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to purchase oil-separating centrifuges from a company they formed after the April 20 spill. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Baldwin: Used celebrity to market oil cleaners

Stephen Baldwin testified Monday that no one asked him to invest any capital or join Kevin Costner in lobbying BP to use oil cleanup devices that the two actors were touting in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Shell races Apache to export LNG from Kitimat to Asia

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is pushing ahead of competitors in the race to be the first exporter of Canadian liquefied natural gas to Asia.  More »

BrightSource to bid for Solar Trust 500-megawatt project

BrightSource Energy Inc. (BRSE), a solar- thermal developer that withdrew an initial public offering in April, is seeking to buy an unbuilt 500-megawatt power plant from the bankrupt Solar Trust of America LLC.  More »
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Haley, Graham, Duncan promote offshore drilling

Three top South Carolina Republicans came together Monday to support federal legislation that would allow drilling of gas and oil off South Carolina’s coast, arguing the state’s need for jobs and income outweigh potential problems.  More »