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David Dobs poses in front of his home in Cumming, Ga. Dobs' home owners' association denied his request to install solar panels on his roof.  Georgia lawmakers narrowly defeated a bill this year that would have prevented homeowners associations from banning solar panels.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Solar panels cause clashes with homeowner groups

The government wants you to install solar panels at your house, and will even give you a tax break to do it. But your neighbors? Maybe not.  More »
A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

San Bruno to consider tearing out deadly gas pipe

Officials in San Bruno are considering ordering sections of the pipeline that caused a deadly explosion in 2010 to be ripped out of the neighborhood it set aflame.  More »
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Salazar says GOP living an energy fairy fale. Futures speculation doesn’t increase spot oil prices. Low natural gas prices are hurting energy stocks.  More »
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Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

U.S. gasoline prices now cheaper than a year ago

Drivers in the Midwest and Great Lakes states are seeing the biggest drop in gasoline prices.  More »
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Texans might see cooler summer, lower electricity use

The possibility of an El Nino, a warming of the mid-Pacific Ocean, has forecasters predicting lower temperatures across the U.S. this summer, which may mean less electricity will be needed to run air conditioners.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Ex-BP engineer named in first spill-related criminal charge

A BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in a federal criminal complaint arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
API President Jack Gerard speaks in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Oil trade group: Our profits benefit many

The oil industry’s leading trade group is trying to tamp down calls for new taxes as its member companies report big profits fueled by high crude prices.  More »
(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Republicans, Obama spar over the amount of U.S. oil

Republicans are saying President Barack Obama is vastly underestimating the amount of oil in the United States after a petroleum report released last week.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

New drilling, production in Eagle Ford surges

Drilling in the Eagle Ford shale has dramatically increased in 2012, as producers have frantically turned away from cheap natural gas to production from regions that yield higher priced oils and other liquids.  More »
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U.S. Supreme Court clears Chevron in Nigeria deaths

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a final appeal of a San Francisco jury’s verdict that cleared Chevron Corp. of wrongdoing for the shootings of Nigerian villagers who occupied an offshore barge in 1998 to protest the company’s hiring and environmental policies.  More »
Baker Hughes employees work at a drill site. (Houston Chronicle)

Baker Hughes 1Q profit dips, but tops Street

Baker Hughes Inc.’s first-quarter profit slipped as its costs and expenses climbed, but its performance still beat Wall Street’s expectations.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Shrimp processors object to BP settlement terms

A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors asked a federal judge Monday to hold off on giving his preliminary approval to portions of BP’s proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »