1. NATURAL GAS
Who pays for new pipeline infrastructure? FERC, electricity market at impasse
The nation's pipeline industry and merchant electric power sector remain on a collision course over the need to expand the gas infrastructure to ensure enough future delivery capacity for expanding gas-fired generation, officials on both sides say.
2. OFFSHORE DRILLING
Extra-thick ice freezes early operations in Arctic
There's a rite of passage that plays out in the Arctic each year as the daylong summer sun warms and weakens the thick polar ice pack, eventually clearing the frigid waters to make way for ships, hunters and sea life. This year, the seasonal changes in north Alaska are being closely monitored by an eclectic group of onlookers -- the U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Greenpeace -- all of whom are eager to sail into the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.