Tag: Houston Chronicle

SD court hearing set in oil refinery dispute

The fight over a Texas company’s plan to build a $10 billion oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota is moving to court.  More »

TransCanada exec says Asian markets an option

A Canadian executive overseeing a plan to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas says Canadian oil producers will look to Asian markets if the U.S. government fails to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.  More »

Pa. chief to EPA: Let science be guide in Dimock

Pennsylvania’s environmental chief said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has only a “rudimentary” understanding of the contamination in Dimock, the northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were fouled by a gas driller.  More »

Pressure builds on Obama with looming Keystone deadline

A looming deadline for a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is ratcheting up political pressure on President Barack Obama, who will anger key supporters regardless of his decision.  More »

Oil rises on China’s growth in imports

Prices rose after China said oil imports grew 6 percent in December, when compared to a year earlier  More »

Pennsylvania fracking foes fault EPA over tainted water response

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called to say it would start delivering fresh water to their home, Ron and Jean Carter thought they gained an ally in a long fight with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.  More »

New NOAA study mirrors spill rate from BP well

Federal scientists say a new chemistry-based analysis of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico closely matches official estimates released at the time of the spill.  More »

NJ lawmakers accept 1-year fracking ban

The New Jersey Legislature has accepted Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for a one-year ban on a natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, rather than continue to pursue a permanent ban.  More »

Hybrids in U.S. losing appeal to gas-efficiency cars

It’s a sign of the times when Cadillac is staking its comeback on a compact car that boasts fuel economy approaching 40 mpg.  More »

Nigerian fuel price strike may disrupt Shell’s oil production

Nigerian workers began a national strike after fuel costs more than doubled, threatening to shut ports and disrupt output from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Chevron Corp. (CVX) in Africa’s largest crude producer.  More »

Amid BCS mania, BP pushes a feel-good Gulf story

Nearly 20 months after its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill — and just as the nation focuses on New Orleans, host of the BCS title game — BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered.  More »

Federal agency cancels water delivery to Pa. town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency abruptly changed its mind Saturday about delivering fresh water to residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential wells were found to be tainted by a natural gas drilling operation.  More »

Saudi: ‘Internal’ matter if Japan buys Iran oil

A Saudi oil official said that whether Japan or other countries continue to buy Iranian oil was an “internal matter,” reflecting the unease in many nations after the latest U.S. sanctions on Tehran and Iran’s threats to choke off the Strait of Hormuz in response.  More »

Gulf Coast working to fill a fuel void in Northeast

Northeastern states are slated to lose half of their regional capacity for fuel production by midyear as financial woes push refineries there to idle, a trend likely to increase the region’s dependency on Gulf Coast supply.  More »

Oil declines as European outlook overshadows Iranian tension

The weaker euro is making people nervous and leading the market lower,” said Tom Bentz, a director with BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage.  More »