Oil up above $101 as US growth rate revised higher

Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery rose $1.02 to close at $101.28 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That is the highest closing price in three weeks. On Wednesday, oil jumped $1.07 to close at $100.26.  More »

PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

A disclosure document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary said the company expects the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of its transmission pipeline in San Bruno.  More »

Oil hovers above $100 despite higher supplies

The price of oil remained above $100 a barrel Thursday as traders held positions after a surge the day before despite a larger-than-expected increase in oil supplies.  More »

Busy Houston port needs upgrades to maintain safety

The energy-led increase in congestion in the Houston Ship Channel highlights the need for more maintenance, dredging, high-tech navigation systems and other improvements to ensure safe travel through the narrow waterway.  More »

Republicans: Obama administration stonewalling on bird deaths

House Republicans complain the Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcing environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed.  More »

Oil up to near $100 ahead of US stockpiles report

The price of oil crept closer to $100 a barrel Wednesday as investors waited for details on the levels of U.S. crude stockpiles.  More »

Fracking activist wants back on Houston driller’s land

A high-profile anti-fracking activist says an order barring her from stepping foot on land owned or leased by a leading natural gas driller has effectively prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends’ homes.  More »

New York calls for federal spill response plans amid rail accidents

New York officials asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to update a contingency plan for dealing with oil spills amid the rapid expansion of rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota across New York to coastal refineries.  More »

Mexico detains oil executive for possible fraud

Mexican authorities have detained the owner of a Mexican oil services company who allegedly defrauded Citigroup of up to $400 million and may have used his professional soccer team to launder money, a top official said Monday.  More »

Oil down as factory data, sanctions risk weighed

Oil prices edged slightly lower on Tuesday as soft factory data from China and the U.S. balanced the threat of sanctions against Russia following its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.  More »

Houston oil company endorses Nevada’s proposed fracking rules

A Houston-based oil company has endorsed the state’s proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. But some residents viewed the company’s endorsement as reason to wonder if the minerals division’s proposed regulations are too lax.  More »

Alaska lawmaker wants coal plant without federal regulations

A Republican senator says Alaska should ignore federal regulations and plan to build a large-scale coal-powered plant to generate electricity in the event of an energy crisis.  More »