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Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

Better Mont. spill plan eyed by Exxon, agencies

Government agencies are working with Exxon Mobil Corp. to improve oil spill response times along Montana’s upper Yellowstone River following a major spill last year.  More »
This Feb, 13, 2012 photo shows gas prices at Exxon and BP Mini-mart in Scott Township, Pa. Consumer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in January, pushed up by higher gas, clothing costs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Exxon Mobil told to allow vote on fracturing disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission has turned down a request from Exxon Mobil Corp. to omit a resolution on hydraulic fracturing disclosures from its proxy statement, opening the door for a vote on the proposal at the company’s annual shareholder meeting May 30.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Oil pipelines to Gulf could end logjam

The Securities and Exchange Commission has turned down a request from Exxon Mobil Corp. to omit a resolution on hydraulic fracturing disclosures from its proxy statement, opening the door for a vote on the proposal at the company’s annual shareholder meeting May 30.  More »
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Jerry Tharp of Abbeville, La.-based CrabCo estimates that he has lost about $2 million in revenue since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, as the crab population has been especially slow in rebounding since the oil spill. Photo: Adam Lau / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

A huge spill disaster and many smaller ones

Helen Nguyen’s personal picture of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is not filled with leaping flames or miles of spilled oil.  More »
Actor Matt Damon is shown at the Museum of the Moving Image salute to Clint Eastwood and special advance screening of his latest film "Invictus, " in New York. Damon was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical for his role in the film, "The Informant, " Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. The Golden Globe awards will be held Jan. 17 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Dave Allocca, StarPix)

Matt Damon to star in new anti-fracking movie

Matt Damon will star in a new anti-fracking movie set to begin filming in Pittsburgh later this month.  More »
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USW, Tesoro still discussing pact in N.D.

United Steelworkers members at Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in Mandan, N.D., voted Wednesday to authorize a strike over Tesoro’s cuts to benefits, a union leader said.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

NRC chief heads to sickly Calif nuke plant

The twin reactors at the San Onofre nuclear plant have been sidelined, more than 300 tubes that carry radioactive water will be scrapped because of excessive wear, and investigators are trying to figure out why tubing is rattling inside the lungs of the plant — its massive steam generators.  More »
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Republican donor Simmons seeks rule to fill Texas dump

Harold Simmons built a West Texas dump for radioactive waste that is bigger than 1,000 football fields and he can’t fill it.  More »
This undated photo provided by Trust For Public Lands shows a portion of the Fleming Ranch, purchased by the U.S. Forest Service for $1.5 million for to add to the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. The purchase is one of 28 in 15 states financed by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is funded by Congress with fees paid by companies drilling for offshore oil and gas. (AP Photo/Trust for Public Lands, Maria Grants)

Drilling fees pay for new national forest lands

Offshore drilling fees are financing the purchase of $41.6 million worth of new national forest lands in 15 states.  More »
A New York City taxi driver pumps gas at a BP mini-mart, in New York. Experts say pump prices are rising on the expectation that supplies will dip next month while refineries switch from winter to summer gasoline blends. Forecasts see gas rising as high as $4.25 per gallon in late April.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

2 new ethanol blender pumps operating in Nebraska

Two new gas pumps in Broken Bow and Aurora will make it easier for Nebraska drivers to find fuels with more than 10 percent ethanol.  More »
China has been seen as a prime export market for U.S. coal. (AP photo)

Activists sue EPA to finish coal ash regulation

Health, environmental and community activists have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to finish long-awaited regulations restricting how power companies can dispose of the toxic chemical-containing leftovers from burning coal ash.  More »
Marathon acquired its Detroit refinery with the purchase of Aurora Gasoline Company in 1959. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Marathon to pay emissions penalty, upgrade refinery equipment

Marathon Petroleum Company plans to add new air state-of-the-art pollution controls to several of its refineries, allowing it to simultaneously pioneer new combustion control equipment and resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.  More »