• US rig count increases 10 this week to 751; Texas up 16

    HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 751.

  • Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army on Friday formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.

  • New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs.

  • Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

    TOKYO (AP) — Robot probes sent to one of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant’s ongoing cleanup.

  • Keystone XL developer renews effort to build in Nebraska

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Thursday that it is once again seeking state approval for a route through Nebraska.

  • In Ecuador election, strongman Correa’s legacy on the line

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — In a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Ecuador’s capital, the sleek glass-and-steel Docente Calderon public hospital rises above a frenzy of cinder block homes. Inside, patients who used to have to travel an hour to the nearest hospital and wait in line all day for sub-par treatment now get state-of-the-art care.

  • Developers moving forward with New Mexico power grid project

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A company that once planned a $1.5 billion effort in New Mexico to link three major U.S. electricity grid systems and pump more renewable energy to more populated markets said Wednesday that it has scaled down the plan to one that would cost about $200 million.

  • El Paso Electric eyes another rate increase in New Mexico

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A utility company that serves around 400,000 customers in southern New Mexico is eyeing another rate hike this spring.

  • Shipments to nuclear waste repository to resume in April

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department said Tuesday that shipments to the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository are expected to resume in April, more than three years after they were halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility.

  • Initiative seeks rooftop solar on New Mexico state buildings

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill designed to spur the installation of rooftop solar arrays on state government buildings in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature.