News bites: Hurricane Isaac’s energy mark appears light

The Wall Street Journal reports on signs that Hurricane Isaac did little damage to refineries and offshore oil-and-gas platforms in its path.

“Analysts with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. said energy markets aren't expecting ‘lasting disruptions’ but they are ‘looking for confirmation of this’ from oil and gas companies,” the paper reports from Houston.

The Washington Post unwraps the politics of gasoline prices as Isaac pushes up pump costs heading into Labor Day weekend.

Reuters reports on data showing declining oil imports.

The Baltimore Sun reports that federal regulators dealt a setback to plans for a new nuclear reactor in Maryland:

Federal regulators denied a license Thursday to the French-controlled company for a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland, giving the company 60 days to find a U.S. partner.

At the end of those 60 days, the three judges of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board wrote, they would be forced to terminate the company's application proceedings entirely.