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Report: Wind industry brought 6,816 MW online in 2011

Texas is still a national leader in wind energy, but Kansas is building more wind projects this year and Iowa claimed more jobs tied to the sector in 2011 than the Lone Star State, according to a new assessment by an industry trade group.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices slip as analysts say peak nears

Gasoline prices slipped across the nation as analysts say the rising price of gasoline could be near the end.  More »
Shell's Gulf of Mexico Mars platform, seen here being repaired after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Shell.

Shell reports no signs of leaks as Gulf sheen breaks up

The U.S. Coast Guard is checking reports of a 10-mile sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil Co.  More »
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Workboats operate near the Transocean Development Driller II at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Dave Martin)

Transocean challenges jurisdiction in spill probe

A lawyer for Transocean tried to cut off the last of several investigations into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster Wednesday, arguing in Houston federal court that one agency did not have jurisdiction to dig into the company’s operations.  More »
Construction has begun on a new office tower along the energy corridor, developed by Trammell Crow Co. and designed by Kirksey Architects. (TCC)

20-story tower planned for Energy Corridor

A high-end office development is being planned in the Energy Corridor, potentially adding 1.5 million square feet of space to this part of west Houston, where oil and gas companies dominate the corporate landscape.  More »
Environmental clean water protester John Nicholson holds a sign and wears a respirator as he participates in a protest outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's chambers following a rally in the state capitol against gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the price of natural gas has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, a remarkable decline for a commodity that not long ago was believed to be in short supply. Natural gas production has boomed across the country as energy companies employ a new drilling technique to tap previously untouched reserves. The process has raised concerns about water safety, and has been temporarily banned in New York and New Jersey. But where it has been allowed, it has led to increases in drilling, job growth and production. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

Docs say drilling law hurts health

Public health advocates and doctors on the front lines of Pennsylvania’s natural gas-drilling boom are attacking the state’s new Marcellus Shale law, likening one of its provisions to a gag order and complaining that vital research money into health effects was stripped at the last minute.  More »
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu answers questions during a news conference in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Regulation needed for gas fracking technology, Chu says

Government must have a role in overseeing new technologies for developing oil and natural gas to prevent damage to natural resources, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.  More »
Dennis Hoffman of Landmark Aviation pulls a fuel nozzle while fueling a Delta flight from Minneapolis at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, March 16, 2012. Commercial airfares are expected to remain high this year because of fuel prices. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page)

Delta said to seek fuel savings with ConocoPhillips refinery

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), whose daily 2011 fuel bill was $32 million, may buy a ConocoPhillips (COP) refinery to help save 10 percent on a significant portion of its fuel needs, a person familiar with the matter said.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Brazil judge denies ban of Chevron, Transocean operations

A Brazilian federal judge denied a request from a prosecutor seeking to ban Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd (RIG). from operating in the country after two oil spills.  More »
Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

OPEC pumps more oil as Iraq boost offsets Iran decline

OPEC’s crude oil production rose to the most in more than three years in March as Iraq boosted output and offset a decline in Iranian supply, according to the International Energy Agency.  More »
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Shell shares fall after Gulf oil sheen spotted

Shares in Royal Dutch Shell PLC have fallen more than 4 percent in European trading after the company said a “light sheen” of oil had been seen in the general area of two of its production facilities.  More »
BP chief executive Bob Dudley is shown introducing an online film, "A Year of Change," about BP's response to the oil spill.

BP chief faces pay protest at annual meeting

The chief executive of oil company BP faces protests over his pay package at the company’s annual meeting.  More »