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Questions swirl around $6 billion nuclear lab

At Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientists and engineers refer to their planned new $6 billion nuclear lab by its clunky acronym, CMRR, short for Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility. But as a work in progress for three decades and with hundreds of millions of dollars already spent, nomenclature is among the minor issues.  More »
An official at Saudi Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field in Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

Saudis won’t immediately start pumping oil

Saudi Arabia won’t start producing oil right away from new fields and will adjust its crude output according to the market’s needs, said Ibrahim al-Muhanna, an adviser to the nation’s oil minister.  More »
Michael Bromwich BOEMRE director

Departing regulator hopes offshore reforms stick

When Michael Bromwich took over the helm of the agency overseeing offshore drilling 17 months ago, oil was still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a handful of ethical lapses had shattered public confidence in the ability of federal regulators to police the industry.  More »

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Experts differ on how to prevent rolling blackouts

When the state electrical grid operator warned Thursday that Texas could be hit with blackouts next summer in part because its cushion of reserve energy is less than hoped, reaction was swift – but all over the map.  More »
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Is big oil heading back to the U.S.? Fuel exports are up and gas prices are rising too. What would an Iran oil embargo do?  More »
Oil pumps are seen at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, where water stands from a recent rainstorm. Oil prices edged higher to near $101 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid a surge in global stock markets after major central banks pledged to lower borrowing costs. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Oil rises to near $102 as Iran tensions rise

Oil prices rose to near $102 a barrel today in Asia amid growing tensions between Iran and Western powers and signs the U.S. economy is improving.  More »
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PGI buys Drilling Production & Resources

PGI International, a manufacturer of precision machined parts and electronic systems for the energy and agricultural industries, has acquired Drilling & Production Resources  More »
A unicyclist rides pass a gasoline pricing sign in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Fuel exports up, and so is the cost at the pump

Faced with sluggish sales at home, American refineries are shipping their gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products abroad in record amounts, turning the country into a net exporter of fuel.  More »
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Valero sues insurer for rejecting costs of gasoline pollution complaints

Valero says Steadfast Insurance should have covered the refiner’s $45 million in legal costs related to complaints that a gasoline additive polluted groundwater.  More »
This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

House Republicans link pipeline plan to tax package

House Republicans on Friday were considering tying a plan to speed up approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to a broader measure that would extend payroll tax breaks. The tactic could give a boost to the pipeline measure, which aims to short-circuit the Obama administration’s decision to delay a final verdict on whether to issue a permit for the project until early 2013.  More »
OLD DO NOT USE  Jim Mulva, CEO of ConocoPhillips, talks with reporters in Houston. (Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips to increase capital spending to $15.5 billion in 2012

In addition to increasing its capital spending, ConocoPhillips announced Friday that it will repurchase up to $10 billion in common stock, funded by its ongoing asset sales.  More »
Workers install equipment at a natural gas plant in the Mont Belvieu, Texas complex, May 1, 2007. (Brett Coomer/Chronicle)

Natural gas pipeline company Targa Resources announces leadership changes

CEO Rene R. Joyce will take over chairmanship of the boards of directors for the Houston-based company and Targa Resources Partners’ general partner. Targa President Joe Bob Perkins will succeed him as CEO.  More »
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EPA eases boiler rule; health benefits unchanged

But administration officials maintain the health benefits of the regulation won’t change.  More »
Grem (voice by Joe Mantegna), Acer (voice by Peter Jacobson), Siddeley (voice by Jason Isaacs), Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson), Mater (voice by Larry the Cable Guy), Finn McMissile (voice by Sir Michael Caine).

Disney, Canadian oil company to square off?

Pixar plans to get into the oil sands and carbonate bitumen business next year after spinning off from its parent company.  More »

84 percent of workers are searching for a new job

A new survey by Right Management, a consulting firm, found that 84 percent of employees are planning to search for a new job in 2012. Only 5 percent of workers are happy in their current position, according to the poll.  More »