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Houston electric bills will rise another $2.20 per month in 2012

Houston-area electric customers will pay an additional $2.20 per month for the next 14 years to cover CenterPoint Energy’s costs for the switch to a deregulated power market in Texas.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Environmentalists challenge Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

A dozen environmental groups and a native Alaskan village today filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to allow Shell to explore for oil in the Beaufort Sea near Alaska.  More »
A security guard blocks a shot of the bankruopt Solyndra in a public area, in Fremont, Calif., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

U.S. knew Solyndra violated loan before new deal

The Energy Department knew Solyndra LLC was violating terms of its U.S. loan by December and agreed to keep providing taxpayer support for the solar-panel maker that filed for court protection nine months later.  More »
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International law firm looking to buy a Houston firm

SNR Denton says it wants to have a presence in Houston, but it’s not just going to open an office — it’s going to buy an entire law firm.  More »
Demonstrators for and against the Keystone XL pipeline gather in Lincoln, Neb., before a public hearing on the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

TransCanada ramping up lobbying to win Keystone approval

But behind the scene, Transcanada has ramped up its lobbying efforts over the past three years in the hopes of winning approval for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Sides in drilling debate square off at EPA hearing

Environmentalists and advocates for drilling companies are facing off in a Dallas-area hearing over proposed federal rules to limit pollution at oil and natural gas wells.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Crude pipeline planned from Cushing to Houston

The 500-mile long Wrangler Pipeline will move oil from the over-stocked mid-continent region to Houston-area refineries, and may be considered a competitor to the embattled Keystone XL project.  More »
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Gas prices see sharp decline over the past week

AAA Texas reported today the average cost per gallon fell 11 cents to $3.27. The nationwide price dropped 10 cents to $3.45, but they are still more than 70 cents higher than last year.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Steffy: ‘BP’s Gulf focus may leave other operations vulnerable’

A week after a joint government investigation laid much of the blame for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history on BP, the British oil giant began pushing ahead with plans to begin drilling anew in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
A natural gas platform is shown off the coast of Fort Morgan, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Gulf Island foresees 700 jobs in Texas, La.

The CEO of Gulf Island Fabrication, a leading manufacturer of offshore rigs and drilling platforms, says the company intends to hire hundreds of workers in Louisiana and Texas as it begins work on new projects.  More »
Smoke and flames rise from the Royal Dutch Shell's Pulau Bukom offshore petroleum complex in Singapore on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Another explosion occurred around noon local time. (AP Photo/Sharon Tan)

Explosions rock Shell’s Singapore refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc will shut its biggest refinery over the next two days on an island off Singapore as firefighters battle a blaze for a second day, the worst fire at the site in 23 years.  More »
A pontoon excavator plumbs Morrow Lake near Galesburg, Mich., for submerged oil from the Kalamazoo River spill while three sheen sweepers collect stirred-up oil. Crews are continuing cleanup work from last year's more than 800,000 gallon oil spill that contaminated southern Michigan's Kalamazoo River. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, John Grap)

Life still unsettled for some near Mich. oil spill

As AJ Hale walked along the once-crumbling streets of his neighborhood, he acknowledged that Enbridge Inc. made a nice gesture by paving them last week.  More »
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Oil rises after EU debt fund vote

Oil prices ticked up nearer to $82 a barrel today after Germany to approved a measure to strengthen a bailout fund intended to help Europe overcome its debt crisis.  More »
Television station KHOU published this image of a Texas City refinery flare in April 2011.

Valero calls on grid operator to shape up in Texas City

Refineries in Texas City have been hit by power grid failures repeatedly this year, leading to equipment outages and flaring. Valero CEO Willaim Klesse says enough is enough.  More »
The Eagle Ford oil boom has caused the cost of renting a house in South Texas to skyrocket, forcing local people to move away as oilfield workers move in. This four-bedroom house in Cotulla rented for $550 a month until recently. The owner is now seeking to charge $125 a week per occupant to eight or more workers. (Photo: John MacCormack / HC)

Eagle Ford boom brings tricky problems

Truck traffic, high rents and pipelines everywhere a hassle as the Eagle Ford booms.  More »