BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

BHP plans asset split, posts $13.8 billion profit

“Our operational performance continued to improve,” said CEO Andrew Mackenzie.
Categories: Australia
Canadian Transportation Safety Board Chair Wendy Tadros, right, and TSB Chief Operating Officer Jean Laporte, address the media during a news conference Tuesday in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where the board released its report on the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in July 2013.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn’t do proper safety audits.
Categories: Accidents, Rail
Oil Barrels

West Texas crude at 7-month low

September crude dropped 2 percent while October decreased 1 percent.
Cleanup is underway near the Beckjord Power Plant, in New Richmond, Ohio, after an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann)

Fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Duke Energy said the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.
Categories: Accidents, Environment
A surge in natural gas motor fuels helped boost Texas sales tax revenue in the first half of 2014, the state reported. (Craig Hartley/Bloomberg)

Texas sees surge in tax revenue from natural gas motor fuels

As more consumers embrace natural gas vehicles, Texas is seeing a surge in sales tax revenue, more than double what the state was expecting to collect by mid-year.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $55 million to 31 projects, including two overseen by Texas research firms, to improve improve vehicle fuel efficiencies. ( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Texas research groups to study clean vehicle technology

Two Texas research groups landed government grants to study new technologies that improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs as part of the Obama administration’s promotion of clean vehicles.
A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
A Peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory on top of an armoured vehicle on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants 20 kilometres east of Mosul, on Monday.  Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive Monday against jihadists after retaking Iraq's largest dam, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement. AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Crude oil falls 1 percent to $96.41

Kurdish and Iraqi forces seized control of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic State militants.

Obit indicates Arkansas man was Apache supervisor slain in Egypt

Details in an obituary indicate the Apache Corp. worker killed in Egypt last week was a 28-year company veteran who mostly recently lived in Fayetteville, Ark.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.

State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.