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Zombie costumes prompt suit against public utility

The Tennessee Valley Authority has been sued for enforcing a ban on costumes at a board meeting in Knoxville weeks after people dressed like zombies protested restarting construction of a nuclear plant they described as a “corpse.”  More »
Frank Campo, owner of Campo Marina, pauses as he discusses the threats to the region and his livelihood from the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig at his Marina in Shell Beach, La., on May 1, 2010.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

South Mobile students still suffering from spill

For the children of south Mobile County, the effects of 2010′s Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t wash away as shorelines were cleared of tarballs and as waters reopened to fishing.  More »
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Texas ain’t the oil king that it used to be

Texas used to be a king of the energy industry, but Texas circa-2012 isn’t the same oil giant that it was in the 1970s – in fact few states are, according to a new report.  More »
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THE Texas Department of Transportation and City of Tyler street workers repair a sinkhole Friday. The sinkhole on Front Street, also known as State Highway 31, forced the shutdown of one lane of traffic. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tom Worner)

Highway bill an unlikely vehicle for partisan energy fights

A bill that might otherwise have served only to build the nation’s roads and bridges may end up burning bridges — albeit figuratively — between the two parties early this year.  More »
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US reps want rules for drillers seeking Cuba oil

U.S. Rep. David Rivera wants to hold foreign companies that drill for oil off the coast of Cuba liable for any oil spills that reach U.S. shores.  More »
In this Thursday, March 24, 2011 photo, a cluster of houses is seen in Port Harcourt in Nigeria's Delta region.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria to ask for compensation from Shell on Bonga spill

Nigeria will “soon” ask for compensation for an oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, President Goodluck Jonathan said.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner says highway bill fair game for Keystone XL provision

House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will include legislative language approving the pipeline in a bill extending highway programs if need be. Also Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced a long-awaited Keystone XL bill in the Senate.  More »
Transocean's Marianas semisubmersible drilling rig. (Photo: Transocean)

Steffy: Executive crew change continues at Transocean

Another financial executive has left Transocean. Robert Shaw, who was named vice president, controller and principal accounting officer in December, is leaving “to pursue other opportunities,” the company said in a regulatory filing.  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)

Could North America be the next energy hub?

North America is poised to become the “new Middle East” of energy exports by the next decade, according to a Citigroup analyst.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

Low prices deflate natural gas rush

A precipitous plunge in natural gas prices has turned the national shale gas rush into a retreat.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Steffy: Memo shows BP’s number-fudging tactics

An email conversation released as part of federal court proceedings last week shows BP officials worried that the Macondo well could release far more oil than the official estimates of the 2010 spill.  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Chevron’s profit drop highlights hurdles ahead

Satisfying the world’s growing energy appetite isn’t easy.  More »