Fuel Fix

Refineries fill the landscape along the Houston Ship Channel (Carlos Javier Sanchez/ Special to the Chronicle)

Exxon: Future climate rules won’t curb fossil fuel investments

Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday cast aside speculation it would retreat from oil sands and deep-water reservoirs, saying it believes that none of its fossil fuel reserves will be stranded because of potentially stringent carbon regulations in the years to come.  More »

Apache to sell Canadian assets for $374M

Apache Corp. has struck a deal to sell oil and gas acreage in western Canada for $374 million, freeing up cash to reward investors with further share buybacks, the company said Monday.  More »
A worker dumps soil into a bag in Whiting, Ind, where crews for oil giant BP worked to clean up oil that spilled into Lake Michigan in March 2014. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jim Karczewski)

No more oil found near Indiana refinery spill (photos)

The Coast Guard says crews didn’t find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week’s spill at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery.  More »
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A team from NRG Energy is installing a 100 kilowatt solar power system at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this week. NRG Energy owns Houston’s Reliant Energy. (Photo: NRG Energy)

NRG acquires residential solar company

Energy provider NRG Energy Inc. announced it has acquired a New Jersey-based solar company as part of an effort to help customers interested in generating their own clean power.  More »
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Solar power shines in eyes of Americans

Americans are cozying up to the idea of solar power, with four-fifths saying they view it positively, according to a survey released Monday.  More »
A natural gas well site (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Bulls keep betting on natural gas amid record need

The cold snap in the Eastern U.S. convinced hedge funds and other speculators to keep betting on rising natural gas prices, accumulating the most bullish position for this time of year since at least 2010.  More »
An oiled gull sits next to a clean gull at the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary in Bolivar, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)

Galveston Bay oil spill could have lasting effect

Some ecological experts fear the 168,000 gallons of oil spilled a week ago in Galveston Bay and now drifting south in the Gulf of Mexico could have lasting effects on the undersea ecosystem.  More »
Lane Energy Poland company does test drilling to assess economic viability of shale gas deposits in Lebien, Poland in 2011. (AP Photo/Andrzej.J. Gojke)

Chevron, Polish firm jointly explore for shale gas

Poland’s gas giant PGNiG says it has signed an agreement with Chevron to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration.  More »
A worker prepares a nickel plate for a fuel cell inside the FuelCell Energy manufacturing facility in Torrington, Connecticut. FuelCell Energy Inc., a maker of pollution-free power plants that use a chemical process to convert natural gas and other fuels into electricity, said its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as orders in South Korea and California rose. (Douglas Healey/Bloomberg)

Fuel-cell boom hampered by need for platinum, GE says

General Electric Co. studied fuel cells and determined the technology is too dependent on platinum to be more than a niche product.  More »
File photo of people watching the inauguration a wind farm in La Ventosa, Mexico in the state of   Oaxaca. (AP Photo/Mark Stevenson, file)

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »
In this March 20, 2014 photo, a sign near a gas well drilling site is visible near a road in Pulaski, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Houston-based Hilcorp seeks to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of four holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border an hour north of Pittsburgh. The concept, known as “forced pooling,” means that people who don’t sign leases get bundled in with those who do, to make drilling more efficient and compensate all the landowners.  More »
MicroSeismic founder and CEO Peter Duncan. (Photo/MicroSeismic)

Q&A: Ears go in the ground to aid fracturing

Houston-based Micro- Seismic uses instruments called geophones on the surface or buried underground to capture and analyze sounds from a well while it’s being fractured. The technology, called surface microseismic, allows operators to customize the fracturing while it’s in progress, improving the efficiency of the resulting hydrocarbon extraction.  More »
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