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Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.
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What Does Sound Look Like?

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.
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U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.
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Why Burning Wood To Stay Warm Is Back In Vogue

It's partly because of the rising price of heating oil, but partly the desire for home energy independence. Either way, wood stove retailers and cut wood sellers are rejoicing.
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Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

One researcher who participated in the latest U.N. report on climate change says the final product is simply too depressing. Others say the somber tone is justified — but that humans can also adapt.
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Political Equation For Offshore Drilling On Virginia Coast Changing Thanks To Russia

Virginia is currently subject to a federal moratorium on offshore drilling for natural gas, but that may be changing as the U.S. seeks to use the export of natural gas as a diplomatic tool on the international stage.

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German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas

Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders.
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After Oil Spill, Ships Start Moving — But Cleanup Has Just Begun

After a vast oil spill in the waters off Houston, authorities are reopening the shipping channel, hoping to ease the wait on those using it. Dave Fehling of Houston Public Media explains the cleanup.
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Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

The 1989 oil spill prompted changes in oil industry regulation and spill research. But oil companies today are working in more remote places than ever, from the Arctic to deep below the ocean floor.
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Oil Spill Disrupts A Waterway Thick With Barges And Birds

Thousands of gallons of fuel oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay, Texas, over the weekend. The spill disrupted shipping and threatens wildlife in the area, and the containment effort has begun.

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