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Members of the team of Brazil's Unioeste-Universidade Estadual Do Oesta Do Parana celebrate as their driver brakes in the pit after completing his laps at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012. Photo: Mayra Beltran / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

UH, Rice compete in Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012

Students from the University of Houston meticulously put finishing touches on their hydrogen fuel cell car Sunday afternoon, tinkering with metal parts that would be unrecognizable to most.  More »
President Barack Obama, with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Steffy: Don’t blame China for Obama’s solar folly

The U.S. Commerce Department recently announced import tariffs on Chinese solar panels after declaring that Beijing illegally subsidized manufacturing.  More »
Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (AP file photo/The Times Picayune)

Bromwich: Offshore drilling regulators need to be ‘aggressive’

The former prosecutor who overhauled the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill wants regulators to publicly advance new safety rules and aggressively enforce the ones already on the books.  More »
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The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Flare burns out at Total’s North Sea platform

French energy company Total says the gas flare above its stricken North Sea platform has burned itself out.  More »
This underwater image taken and released by Brazil's Environment and Natural Resources Institute, IBAMA, shows an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron oil company at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Nov. 11, 2011. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Chevron targeted a second time by Brazil prosecutors seeking ban

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking for a second time to ban Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) from operating in the country after a 3,000-barrel oil spill.  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)

Health impact studies taking hold, with challenges

While New York regulators have spent four years mulling the environmental impacts of shale gas development, the potential human health impacts have been given short shrift, according to health advocates.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ohio geologists map estimate of Utica shale yields

Ohio geologists’ latest effort to map the best areas for Utica shale oil and gas production shows potential for an oil reservoir in central Ohio but now excludes areas near Cleveland and in southeast Ohio.  More »
Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad. (AP photo: Nabil al-Jourani)

Iraq march crude exports rise to highest since 1980

Iraq’s crude oil exports in March rose to the highest level since 1980, a year after former President Saddam Hussein came to power, an Oil Ministry spokesman said.  More »
(John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Fracking chemicals disclosures set off few alarms

Energy companies have disclosed some of the chemicals pumped into the ground to extract oil and gas at more than 1,700 locations across Texas in the first two months since the state began requiring the site-specific information.  More »
A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq’s Kurds halt oil exports over payment row

Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdish region has halted oil exports over a payment row with the central government in Baghdad, causing further deterioration in relations between the two administrations.  More »
(AP file photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Oil near $103 amid signs China economy robust

Oil prices hovered near $103 a barrel Monday in Asia amid signs China’s economic growth remains strong.  More »
Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, before testifying on Capitol Hill in 2010. Also shown are Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  (Photo: Interior Department)

Offshore drilling regulator launches new gig

The former federal prosecutor who investigated allegations of mismanagement at the Houston crime lab and spearheaded an overhaul of government agencies that oversee offshore drilling now is putting up his shingle in Washington.  More »
Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Shell’s message: conserve and produce

Improving energy conservation and developing additional supplies are the key to relieving high crude prices that are driving up the cost of gasoline, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Friday.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

EPA pulls order forcing driller to provide water

The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling, and Range Resources have long insisted drilling did not cause the water contamination.  More »
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Feds, five states to push for Great Lakes wind farms

The Obama administration and five states announced an agreement Friday to speed up consideration of plans for offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.  More »