April 30, 2012 The acquisition would give Energy Transfer the capability to transport crude and other liquid hydrocarbons that are being produced in greater quantities thanks to the boom in shale drilling.
April 26, 2012 After being hyped as a homegrown remedy to America's dependence on foreign oil, the federally supported corn-based fuel ended up under attack as an environmental and economic failure. Now the smoke has cleared, and U.S. ethanol producers are booming.
April 22, 2012 MRThe Palisades Power Plant, one of Van Buren County's biggest employers, has one of the worst safety records in the country. After five unplanned shutdowns in 2011, the plant is now trying to prove to federal regulators that it's up to their standards.
April 20, 2012 Two years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one issue has received little attention: the oil industry faces a shortage of experienced workers. Some analysts are concerned more inexperienced workers could compromise safety, but the industry says training is more rigorous than ever.
April 18, 2012 The federal rules announced Wednesday will, among other things, soon require oil and natural gas drillers to limit air pollution from drilling operations. Though the requirements stand to save companies money long term, producers say pollution regulations should be left to the states.
April 17, 2012 A report issued Tuesday by the environmental advocacy group found fault with Microsoft, Amazon and Apple. Greenpeace ranked the companies according to the efficiency of their cloud facilities, as well as where they get their electricity.
April 17, 2012 A boom in natural gas in the U.S. has driven prices to 10-year lows, threatening the viability of some producers. People needed less gas to heat their homes this winter, but at the same time a huge increase in gas production was made possible by new methods of coaxing gas out of shale rock formations.