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A front-end crash test of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

GM will make repairs to Volts

GM is advising Volt owners to return their electric cars to dealers for repairs that will lower the risk of battery fires. The company hopes that, by adding steel to the plates protecting the batteries, it will ease worries about the car’s safety.  More »
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BP ordered to boost safety after Norway probe

BP Plc (BP/) was ordered to improve safety after being accused of “serious non-conformities” by Norway’s Petroleum Safety Agency following an investigation into a fire last July at the North Sea Valhall platform.  More »
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Gasoline prices start 2012 with 6-cent rise

Gasoline prices aren’t starting off on the right foot in 2012.  More »

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Chart-topping Cabot, defying gas gravity, splits stock

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., 2011’s best- performer among the Standard & Poor’s 500, announced a stock split and dividend increase after more than doubling natural-gas production from the Marcellus Shale in a year.  More »
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits for an interview with state-run TV. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam, HO)

EU officials try to agree on Iran oil embargo

Officials from the 27 countries that make up the European Union are beginning Thursday the process of trying to thrash out an agreement on banning the purchase of Iranian oil in the hope of choking off funding for the country’s nuclear program.  More »
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Steffy: Pipeline and politics entwined

The Keystone XL pipeline is back – for all the wrong reasons.  More »
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Halliburton denies destroying evidence in BP oil spill case

Halliburton Co. denied BP Plc’s accusation that engineers destroyed testing evidence to keep it from being used in litigation over the Gulf of Mexico rig blast that triggered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

CDC scientist: tests needed on gas drilling impact

One of the government’s top scientists says much more research is needed to determine the possible impacts of shale gas drilling on human health and the environment.  More »

Conoco agrees to pay $545,000 U.S. penalty for trading breaches

ConocoPhillips agreed to pay a civil penalty of $545,000 and to disgorge $3,174,900 plus interest for shipping and trading violations from 2004 to 2007, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.  More »
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Tanker collision triggers oil spill off Singapore

Singapore’s port authority says two tankers collided off the city-state’s coast, trigging a small fuel oil spill.  More »
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell addresses a rally on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Anchorage for legislation that would cut oil production taxes.  (AP file photo/Dan Joling)

Parnell expected to meet with oil CEOs

The chief executives of the big three North Slope energy producers are expected to meet with Gov. Sean Parnell today.  More »
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Pipeline builder agrees to avoid nature preserve near Houston

A Texas company’s proposed Justice pipeline was set to run through the 144-acre Clear Creek nature preserve, a favorite stop for migratory birds and a remnant of a disappearing habitat.  More »
Jack  Gerard, CEO American Petroleum Institute during an editorial board interview on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Houston. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

API head slams Keystone delay, launches domestic energy campaign

In his annual State of American Energy address, American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said the organization is launching an election-year campaign to make energy issues a top issue in the presidential election.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Obama’s fracking rules show policy on ‘wrong track,’ API says

President Barack Obama’s energy policy is on the “wrong track” by promoting natural gas while drafting restrictions on the hydraulic fracturing process that produces the fuel, the biggest energy industry group said.  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)

Way to avoid possible earthquake could cost $10 million

Scientists say natural gas drillers can easily avoid minor earthquakes linked to wastewater disposal wells by a seismologist earlier this week, but it’ll cost companies about $10 million a pop.  More »