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Dry holes illustrate deep-water drilling gamble

Two headline-grabbing oil prospecting failures in a week’s span offer a fresh reminder of the high-stakes gamble that is offshore drilling.  More »
TNK-BP headquarters in Moscow (AP file photo/Misha Japaridze)

Steffy: For BP, it’s from Russia, with heartache

The TNK-BP venture is symbolic of both BP’s ambitions and its persistent difficulty in executing those ambitions.  More »
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Warming gas levels hit ‘troubling milestone’

The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.  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)

Chesapeake Energy investors must wait on bid to delay meeting

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) investors must wait until June 5 to have a judge consider requests to delay the company’s annual meeting so shareholders can gather more information on Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s financial dealings, according to court filings.  More »
Heather Zichal said, “It’s hard to overstate how natural gas and our ability to access more of it than ever has become a game changer." (Photo: Heather Zichal)

Obama’s aide on climate change seeking oil, gas allies

Heather Zichal spent her early days in the Obama administration pushing a climate-change bill in Congress that oil and gas companies helped to derail.  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

Judge outlines new plan for Gulf oil spill trial

A federal judge has outlined a new structure for a trial of Gulf oil spill claims that wouldn’t be resolved by a proposed class-action settlement between BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, OK, to discuss his energy policy, on March, 22, 2012. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Nebraska high court won’t take up pipeline case

The Nebraska Supreme Court has refused to hear a direct challenge to the state’s new pipeline siting law.  More »
Workers examine solar panels at a manufacturer of photovoltaic products in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. (AP Photo)

US again imposes clean-energy tariffs on China

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to impose stiff new tariffs on wind-energy towers made in China, the latest strike in an escalating trade war over clean energy.  More »
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Proposed ND oil pipeline could be scrapped

A Colorado company says its proposed $650 million pipeline that would move 150,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily to a hub in Minnesota is at risk of being scrapped.  More »
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Ad campaign uses dead presidents to make nat gas pitch

The ghosts of dead presidents will be coming soon to Houston movie theaters, courtesy of a new campaign by the American Clean Skies Foundation, a natural gas advocacy group.  More »
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Brazil prosecutors seek payment from Shell, BASF

Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant.  More »
Petroleos Mexicanos oil platforms in the Cantarell oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo: Pemex/Bloomberg)

Chevron, Baker Hughes to bid for Pemx rights

Chevron, Baker Hughes and Chile’s state-owned Enap Sipetrol SA plan to bid in an auction offered by Petroleos Mexicanos to develop offshore and onshore mature fields, the Mexican state company, known as Pemex, said today on its website.  More »