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Exxon shows off new north Houston campus

This video gives a first look at what Exxon Mobil’s new office campus in north Houston will look like when it’s completed in about 2014.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale (Photo: Just Beneath the Surface)

Gas exploration fuels economy, but also divisions

A visit to Pennsylvania shows that a 200-million-year-old shale deposit of natural gas in North Carolina could fuel lawsuits and divisions even as it is helping the economy.  More »
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BP’s $7.1 billion Argentine oil sale scrapped

Cnooc Ltd.’s deal to buy BP Plc’s $7.1 billion stake in Argentine crude producer Pan American Energy LLC collapsed, 10 days after Argentina’s president ordered oil companies to repatriate export revenue.  More »

Herman Cain, former chairman and chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza, right, speaks while Rick Perry, governor of Texas, during a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

How Republican candidates stand on energy?

Here’s where the 2012 Republican presidential candidates stand on energy.  More »
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Linn buys PXP properties. Drought weigh heavy. Gensler steps away from MF Global investigation.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

10,000 Keystone XL pipeline protesters circle White House

About 10,000 opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for carrying tar-sands oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries surrounded the White House on Sunday — exactly a year before the 2012 election — seeking to pressure President Barack Obama to reject the project.  More »
Steam in vented from secondary cooling systems at the North Anna Nuclear power plant in Mineral, Va. Dominion Virginia Power says its North Anna Power Station in Louisa County is no longer relying on backup generators after the reactors were automatically taken off line by safety systems after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the East Coast. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Report: Va. nuke-plant owner knew of faulting

Federal regulators and the operator of a Virginia nuclear power plant rattled by an Aug. 23 earthquake covered up knowledge of geologic faulting at the plant decades ago, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday, citing a U.S. Justice Department memo.  More »
An oil spill crew worker for drops absorbent pads along a flood plain of the Yellowstone River where oil was found near Laurel, Mont. Exxon Mobil said Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 it expects to incur costs of about $135 million from the oil pipeline break beneath Montana's Yellowstone River that triggered a massive effort to limit damage to the scenic waterway. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Yellowstone spill to cost Exxon $135M

Exxon Mobil Corp. said it expects to incur costs of about $135 million from an oil pipeline break beneath Montana’s Yellowstone River that triggered a massive effort to limit damage to the scenic waterway.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Drought poses challenges for oil and gas companies

Severe drought conditions are making the process of getting clean water for oil and gas exploration longer and more expensive for Oklahoma’s booming energy industry.  More »
Demonstrators for and against the Keystone XL pipeline gather in Lincoln, Neb., before a public hearing on the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Sunday protest illustrates Obama’s pipeline dilemma

Thousands of protesters are expected to circle the White House on Sunday and demand that President Barack Obama reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry Canadian crude from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed pipeline has become the biggest environmental flashpoint facing the Obama administration.  More »
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pa. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Linn Energy buys Plains Exploration properties

Linn Energy LLC said today that it agreed to buy mid-continent oil and natural gas properties from Plains Exploration & Production Co. for $600 million.  More »
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Solyndra, Beacon Power aren’t fatal for renewable energy

Beacon Power, a company built freewheels to stabilize solar and energy power, went bankrupt earlier this week, making it the second company that received a Department of Energy loan to fail.  More »
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Three lawmakers want renewable credits extended through 2016

Three lawmakers have introduced a bill to extend a set of tax credits for renewable energy production through 2016, amid the looming December 2012 expiration of the credit for wind. But Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., is fronting a bill to eliminate all energy tax credits, for both conventional and alternative sources.  More »
Ford Motor Co. shows the all-new Ford Focus Electric. The automaker says the Focus can be fully charged in three to four hours using a 240-volt outlet. That's half the time it takes to charge the Nissan Leaf, a competitor that went on sale last month.  (AP Photos/Ford Motor Co.)

Could electric cars kill the gas tax?

Thirty-eight cents of every gallon of gasoline that Texans buy goes into building new state and federal roads – many of which have become inadequate or in badly need of repair over the past few years.  More »
A section of land inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.  (AP Photo)

Feds detail auction plan for 3 million acres in Alaska

What happens if you hold a lease sale and no one shows up? The federal government may find out on Dec. 7, when it auctions off drilling leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.  More »