Fuel Fix

Abdalla El-Badri, general secretary of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), speaks during the Oil & Money 2013. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

OPEC’s choice in Vienna meeting will determine role in new oil order

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could reassert control by cutting output, ceding more market share to U.S. shale oil producers.  More »
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Brent oil falls to 4-year low as WTI slides on stockpiles

Crude is extending losses in a bear market amid signs that global demand isn’t keeping pace with supply.  More »
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, holds up a sign asking voters to vote in favor of banning fracking at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

In Denton, a vote ends very little

The measure has already drawn two formidable legal challenges, one from the Texas General Land Office and the other from the Texas Oil & Gas Association.  More »

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Halcón to slash spending, cut rigs as oil prices fall

Although Halcón posted a $186.9 million profit and saw production surge 16 percent in the third quarter, the Houston-based independent oil and gas company said falling oil prices necessitate a more conservative approach in 2015.  More »
Patrick Juneau, administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center. (Houston Chronicle)

Judge denies BP request to oust oil spill claims boss

A federal judge on Monday refused to oust the claims administrator in charge of dispensing BP’s oil spill settlement money to Gulf Coast claimants, despite BP’s criticisms in recent months.  More »
Oil at $80 a barrel won't cast a shadow on most drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale, above, or other unconventional oil operations, analysts say. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express News)

Feds to beef up oil & gas data amid drilling surge

The federal government will soon begin collecting more information about the amount of oil and gas pouring out of wells across the United States, with the data likely to drive policy debates in the nation’s capital.  More »
Iris Smith, right to left, Michael Smith, Sig Cornelius, Charles Reimer, Hiroshi Ozaki, Yuji Kakimi, and Dennis Bonnen breaking ground at the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project groundbreaking ceremony. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain, November 10, 2014)

Freeport LNG holds groundbreaking ceremony

The first construction will build two liquefaction trains, which will cool natural gas until it becomes a liquid more suitable for shipping overseas.  More »
Harold and Sue Ann Hamm attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Infuential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)

Continental CEO Hamm to pay nearly $1B divorce settlement

Sue Ann Hamm has already received $25 million since the case was filed in 2012.  More »
conocophillips offshore

ConocoPhillips announces second oil discovery in Senegal

Cairn Energy said initial analysis shows the well has “excellent reservoir sands” with as much as 118 feet of net oil pay.  More »
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR files for bankruptcy, but not Mississippi unit

Kior, Inc., the Houston-area biofuels maker that hoped to tap new technology to produce clean energy, filed for bankruptcy Sunday.  More »
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean to retire more rigs, execs say

Transocean lost billions of dollars in the third quarter as it faced sinking demand for offshore rigs and as it wrote down the value of its drilling business.  More »
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No OPEC output cut this month, Kuwait oil minister says

OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have resisted calls to cut output while Libya, Venezuela and Ecuador have asked for action to prevent even lower prices.  More »
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and China's President Xi Jinping, right, smile during signing ceremony in Shanghai, China on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. China signed a long-awaited, 30-year deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth some $400 billion in a financial and diplomatic boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin.  (Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

Russia, China add to $400 billion gas deal with accord

Russian oil firm OAO Gazprom is negotiating the supply of as much as 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually from developments in West Siberia to China over 30 years.  More »
Amit Lang, director general of Israel's  Ministry of Economy, visited Houston seeking investment in  Israel's energy sector.
 (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)

Now energy-rich, Israel seeks oil and gas partners

Amit Lang, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Economy, was in Houston recently seeking investment in the country’s nascent energy industry, and says it can offer high-tech water treatment and cyber-security technology in return.  More »
Alan Roberts, 53, gets a haircut from Josie Wimberley at a man camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas. An oilfield worker all his adult life, Roberts said, "The good old days were the hard old days. If you lived on a drilling rig, you lived in a little room with six or eight guys on top of you." (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Photos: Amid shale oil boom, “man camps” still growing

Life has changed quickly for the small towns at the center of the shale oil boom  More »
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