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Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform is headed to the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to begin production this year. (Chevron)

Exxon, Chevron clear to bid on Mexican shallow-water blocks

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Mexico forecasts that the opening of the energy industry will bring in $62.5 billion in private investment by 2018 and increase its annual oil output by 500,000 barrels a day in that time.

Exxon, Chevron clear to bid on Mexican shallow-water blocks

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Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform is headed to the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to begin production this year. (Chevron)
Mexico forecasts that the opening of the energy industry will bring in $62.5 billion in private investment by 2018 and increase its annual oil output by 500,000 barrels a day in that time.
FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

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“It’s now just become part of our lives,” Patty Jensen said of the massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered in September 2013 by her husband.

A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Feds slash ethanol mandate for gasoline in nod to oil industry

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed cutting the amount of renewable fuels that petroleum producers would be required to blend into gasoline and diesel next year, the first time the agency has lowered its annual target.
Categories: Biofuels, featured
Google is investing in a new solar farm developed by Recurrent Energy, which built similar projects for Google in the past. (Photo: Google/Recurrent Energy).

Google adds to big energy spending with new solar projects

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Google is investing another $80 million in renewable energy, likely pushing its total spending on green power close to $1.5 billion.
Categories: Solar, Wind

Financier Carl Icahn attends a news conference in 2006 in New York. (Shiho Fukada/AP)

Icahn targets Talisman, boosts Chesapeake stake

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Regulatory filings show billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn now owns 10 percent of Chesapeake Energy.
Categories: People
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

Worker killed in Mississippi refinery explosion, fire

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Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery that killed one worker.
Categories: Accidents, Refining
A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in Milford, Texas on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, which led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town, according to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger)

Some allowed home after Texas pipeline explosion

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Hundreds of residents evacuated from a Texas town after a Chevron pipeline explosion await returning home as the fire burns itself out.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
Plumes of water vapor emit from the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky on Aug. 13, 2013. The plant generates and delivers 14 billion kilowatt-hours of coal-fired electricity per year to Western Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Tennessee Valley Authority defies McConnell with coal cut

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The Tennessee Valley Authority said it will cut its use of coal-fired electrical generation by about half of current levels, shuttering some units and converting others to burn natural gas to meet tighter emission-control regulations.
Categories: Coal
Phil McNabb of Oceaneering International shows off the WASP Atmospheric Diving System during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center in 2002. (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Oceaneering International plans Virginia expansion

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A company that provides products and services to the offshore oil and gas industry plans to expand its presence in Chesapeake, creating 70 jobs and retaining more than 460.