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Air quality permits OK for proposed Texas plant

A judge has denied requests from environmental groups seeking to overturn air quality permits for a proposed coal-fired power plant in West Texas.  More »
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Berkshire buys $2 billion solar power project

Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings utility agreed to buy the $2 billion Topaz project in southern California, branching into solar power after the industry was battered by stock markets around the world.  More »
Nesting pelicans are seen landing as oil washes ashore at an island near Louisiana in May 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Republicans divided over using spill fines to restore Gulf Coast

A battle is brewing among some House Republicans over a plan to dedicate most of the fines from last year’s oil spill to restoring the Gulf of Mexico. Some key GOP lawmakers today suggested Gulf states are already cashing in on spill payments from BP and funding dedicated to the region after Hurricane Katrina.  More »
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Marathon Oil's corporate headquarters in Houston.  (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Update: Marathon Oil grows capital spending 24 percent

Marathon Oil announced Wednesday its 2012 capital spending budget of $4.8 billion, with most of the increase slated exploration and production in the south Texas Eagle Ford shale.  More »
Noble Bully I arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to begin work at Shell's Olympus Field. The new drill ship is touted by Shell as being state-of-the-art and uses new technology to improve safety. (Photo: Royal Dutch Shell)

High-tech drilling rig arrives in the Gulf of Mexico

The Noble Bully I, which was jointly designed by Royal Dutch Shell and Noble Drilling, arrived in the Gulf from Singapore and will begin drilling in Shell’s Mars B, “Olympus,” development soon, company officials said.  More »
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Feds charge BP with new oil spill violations

The federal government today issued fresh citations to BP in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill and accused the oil company of violating safety and environmental regulations governing offshore drilling.  More »
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Cornyn holds out on bill to bring spill money to Gulf region

Texas Republican John Cornyn is the only holdout among Gulf Coast senators in support of two bills that would funnel a portion of the fines from last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill to ecological restoration.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Ohio to check for earthquake-brine link

Apparently, it’s enough of a question for residents of Ohio to set up new monitoring equipment to see if hydraulic fracturing, or more specifically the brine injections, is causing the ground to tremble.  More »
The Sauers family of Seabrook, Texas, leaves the showroom in an all-electric Nissan Leaf  on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, in League City.  They are the first Leaf owners in Texas. (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle )

Panelists debate the impact of electric cars on the grid

As hybrid and electric vehicles become more common, questions are swirling about whether the electricity grid can handle the resulting new demand for power.  More »
A Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BP, Shell preparing for resuming oil exploration in Libya

BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil companies, aim to resume exploration in Libya, whose new government seeks to stabilize relations with foreign companies following the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi.  More »
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits for an interview with state-run TV. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam, HO)

OPEC chief hopes EU won’t impose Iran oil embargo

OPEC’s top official says he hopes the European Union will not impose sanctions on Iranian oil as tensions escalate between Tehran and the West.  More »
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Energy companies continue S.A. expansion

GreenStar Products Inc., the Boerne-based lighting company that announced six months ago it would build a manufacturing plant and move its headquarters to San Antonio, will begin relocating to its new facility next week.  More »