Fuel Fix

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Oil price drop boosts argument for crude exports

Oil prices have fallen roughly 35 percent since June, with surging U.S. crude production helping boost supply beyond softening demand worldwide.  More »
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Do gasoline prices affect home values?

Researchers say their study, based on the sales more than 900,000 homes, is the first to examine the direct impact of gasoline prices on home values using data for specific properties.  More »
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Brent heads for 5-year low as Saudi discounts spur competition

Futures slid as much as 1.1 percent in London and are headed for a second weekly decline.  More »

Oil field workers' jobs probably are less at risk than corporate functions under the proposed Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger (Donna McWilliam/AP)

Halliburton, Baker Hughes name leaders for merger planning team

The integration process is expected to begin after the deal closes in 2015.  More »
Gas drilling sites in Arkansas for Southwestern Energy.
Southwestern Energy drilling pipe and a drilling rig stand ready in Arkansas' Fayetteville Shale Play, where a productive year helped boost Houston-based Southwestern to the No. 1 spot on the Chronicle 100.  (Southwestern Energy)

U.S. has enough shale gas for petrochemical expansions

Gas prices collapsed two years ago had have remained low since, prompting some drillers to turn their focus to more lucrative regions rich in oil and other liquids.  More »
CheapGas

Ford’s aluminum body F-150 makes its debut

Ford says it’s the first truck to have an aluminum body, and as a result, it weighs about 700 pounds less than previous models.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil prices go back on the decline

WTI for January delivery dropped 57 cents, or 0.9 percent, to end at $66.81 a barrel.  More »
A Gunnison Sage Grouse. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)

Bird’s fate shaping energy development in US West

The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and coal reserves and the best type of windy, open country for developing wind power.  More »
In this June 6, 2010, file photo, a small dead fish floats on a pool of oil at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Man pleads guilty in oil spill fraud case

Charlie English worked as a claims adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.  More »
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Lawsuit filed in deadly offshore explosion

Separate lawsuits say the companies did not ensure equipment was cleared of all flammable materials and gases.  More »
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U.S. oil reserves ride production to 38-year high

U.S. proved reserves of crude oil and condensate increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2013 and hit their highest level since 1975, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
NATURAL GAS

Eagle Ford produces billionth barrel

More than 70 percent of that production has occurred in the last two years.  More »
Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Enbridge surges after asset shift, dividend boost

Enbridge said yesterday it plans to move C$17 billion worth of Canadian liquids pipelines to the Enbridge Income Fund to help pay for capital investment.  More »
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Shipping can thank OPEC policy for $29 Billion in savings

Tanker owners’ earnings from hauling one-time, or spot, cargoes surged by almost 25 percent since the start of January even as oil companies and traders paid less to hire the vessels.  More »
(AP file photo/Hadi Mizban)

300,000 Iraqi oil barrels signal glut will deepen

Just five days after OPEC decided to maintain production levels, Iraq, the group’s second-biggest member, inked an export deal with the Kurds that may add about 300,000 barrels a day to world supplies.  More »
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