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New spill reported on Eni oil well in Nigeria

An environmental group says there is a new spill on an oil well run by Italian firm Eni SpA in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Alaska lawmakers debate tax cut for oil companies

Alaska’s economic future is on the line if more oil doesn’t flow through the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline.  More »
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Newt Gingrich tells Canada to forget about China. Incentives loom to settle BP spill. How are natural gas prices affecting nuclear power development?  More »
One of Dow's many Freeport, Texas chemical plants. (Houston Chronicle/Smiley Pool)

Dow Chemical project aims for healthier environment and profits

Dow Chemical Co. has decided to pursue an ambitious and unusual project at its sprawling Freeport complex to make environmental costs and benefits part of every business decision.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is seen floating on the surface of the water in Bay Jimmy, near where oil was spotted in June 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Incentives to settle spill case loom large

A legal brawl that began with the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill nearly two years ago is within weeks of a courtroom showdown that many parties would prefer to avoid through a settlement.  More »
Rachel Giesber Clingman of Houston is to be the lead trial counsel for Transocean in the upcoming Deepwater Horizon civil trial in New Orleans. Photo: James Nielsen / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Q&A: Transocean’s lawyer will have key role

Atlanta-based law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan opened a Houston office with a single attorney in 2002 and has since grown to include more than 35 full-time attorneys and a large team of contract attorneys.  More »
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who appeared Thursday at a branch of Houston Community College, said it's important that the United States be at the forefront of innovations and technologies in renewable energy. Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Report says green energy loans could cost $3 billion

The review did not involve Solyndra or Beacon Power Corp.,companies that went bankrupt after receiving a federal loan.  More »
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Oil prices tumble on European debt concern

Benchmark crude fell by $1.17 to end the week at $98.67 per barrel in New York.  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)

New film comes to defense of fracking

Makers of an upcoming documentary that seeks to counter the anti-hydraulic fracturing film “Gasland” have raised over $36,000 through crowdsourcing in a matter of a few days.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

U.S. shale gas exports face hurdles, former Exxon CEO says

Political constraints and concern production gains at shale fields aren’t sustainable will hinder the development of liquefied natural gas export plants in the U.S., former Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) chief Lee Raymond said.  More »
As part of its approval of ATP's Well #4 in Mississippi Canyon Block 941, the federal ocean energy bureau reviewed ATP’s containment capability for the well. (Image: ATP)

Casinos question offshore drilling, worried about impact

Mississippi casino operators are saying they trust state leaders that exploration and drilling would be low-key for natural gas and out of sight of most of the mainland.  More »
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Activists push for disclosure of oil, gas payments to host nations

Humanitarian activists launched a campaign Friday urging federal regulators to finalize rules that would require oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to U.S. and foreign governments for developing the nations’ natural resources.  More »