U.S. reactors are getting closer scrutiny from regulators following the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. While all reactor owners have severe-accident plans in place, Nuclear Regulator Commission inspectors found only 61 percent of the plants periodically include the guidelines in their emergency drills. More »
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate for July delivery lost $1.21 to settle at $99.01 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude has been within a few dollars of the $100 mark for about a month. More »
A blowout preventer that was being moved shifted in its carrier when a lifting cylinder failed on the rig GSF Grand Banks. Twenty-one workers were removed from the rig; there were no injuries or environmental damage. More »
A unit of the Houston-based power company will support environmental cleanups along a western Pennsylvania river that environmental groups said it polluted with discharges of mercury, iron and other metals from a coal-fired plant. More »
Wherever oil and natural gas comes out of the ground, plenty of people make money. Railroads are among the beneficiaries in South Texas’ Eagle Ford play, where there’s lots of hauling to be done, much of it sand and pipes. More »
Not since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 has the producer group gathered with some nations giving financial and military support to a movement seeking to topple the government of a fellow member. More »
Bad news awaits delegates from about 180 countries at the start of two weeks of climate talks to debate a new global warming accord: Greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down despite 20 years of effort, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. More »
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