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Oil drifts lower, stays above $100 a barrel

A stronger economy means demand for energy products should improve.  More »
The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

Canada optimistic Keystone XL pipeline will be approved

President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily block a pipeline from Alberta to Texas went over badly in Canada, but Canadian officials are hopeful it eventually will be approved. Meanwhile, Canada will push harder for a pipeline to the Pacific Coast, where oil could be shipped to China.  More »
The mobile offshore drilling unit Development Driller III at the Deepwater Horizon site on May 7, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

U.S. says BP, Transocean and Anadarko should be liable for spill before trial

BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. should be found liable before trial for violations of federal pollution laws stemming from the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawyers for the U.S. argued at a hearing in federal court in New Orleans.  More »
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A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Corbett will sign drilling emergency-response bill

Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sign newly passed legislation designed to provide an emergency response plan and accurate GPS coordinates for each Marcellus Shale well site in Pennsylvania.  More »
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Huge oil rig arrives to explore in Cuban waters

A massive oil rig has arrived in Cuban waters and is set to begin exploring for undersea crude.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Feds: Exporting natural gas will cause heating, electric bills to rise

As companies seek approval to export some of the United States’ glut of natural gas, a federal report released today says exports would cause natural gas prices to rise as much as 9 percent for U.S. consumers.  More »
Harvested corn grain is unloaded from an auger.  (AP file photo/Seth Perlman)

Lawmakers want coal- and gas-based ethanol in fuel mandate

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including three Texans, has introduced legislation that would allow natural gas- and coal-based ethanol to compete alongside the corn-based variety for a U.S. renewable-fuels mandate.  More »
Actress Daryl Hannah, center, and others, take part in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington to protest the Keystone oil pipeline.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Opinion: Wrong decision on Keystone XL pipeline

President Barack Obama has made a shockingly shortsighted decision by rejecting a go-ahead for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. By doing so, Obama has openly proclaimed the primacy of his own re-election over the nation’s long-term energy and economic security.  More »
Mohammad Rezaie changes the gas prices at his Union 76 gas station in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  The price of oil is flirting with $100 per barrel for the first time since the summer, as fears fade that Europe's debt crisis will spread and trigger another recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Gasoline price rise slowed this week

After two weeks of multi-cent jumps, gasoline prices rose by just a penny in Texas.  More »
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Sierra Club sues Texas for upping plant emissions

An advocacy group has filed a court challenge against Texas’ environmental regulatory agency after it agreed to allow four coal-fired power plants to emit more pollution.  More »
Matt Nielsen , principal scientist EV research , at GE Global Research at the five electric car charging stations in Niskayuna,NY Wednesday, Jan.18, 2012. The electric vehicles pictured are the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF.( Michael P. Farrell/Times Union)

New mantra at GE: Charge it

NISKAYUNA — Researchers at General Electric Co. have some new toys to play with after five electric vehicle charging stations were installed at the company’s global research headquarters in Niskayuna.  More »
An Apache rig drills for natural gas at Matagorda Island in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Apache Corp. via Bloomberg News)

Fossil fuel forecast: a huge role

Leaders of BP and ConocoPhillips called Wednesday for greater access to and development of oil and natural gas fields, as a BP report showed fossil fuels will continue to dominate the world’s energy needs for at least the next 20 years.  More »