Fuel Fix

Hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique in which water, sand and chemicals are blasted underground to force out natural gas and crude trapped in layers of rock, has led to a surge in U.S. production of hydrocarbons including NGLs. (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.  More »
Rich Kinder, left, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan, his wife, Nancy Kinder, and Stephen Klineberg, co-director for the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, at James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University during reception Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Houston for the new Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Kinder Morgan is one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America. The Kinder Institute for Urban Research seeks to advance understanding of the most critical issues faced by Houston and other urban centers. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Kinder Morgan looks to Maine to fill proposed pipeline capacity

With New England staring down another winter, Kinder Morgan and other companies have been seeking opportunities to fill the region’s growing energy needs.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural gas wells.  More »
Noble Energy's offshore oil and gas rig is seen about 115 miles off Cyprus' south coast. (AP Photo/Cyprus Press and Information Office, File)

Cyprus official says Egypt, Jordan interested in gas

The Houston company Noble Energy is a partner in a field off Cyprus’ southern coast.  More »
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Feds slapped with lawsuit for delaying oil payment transparency rule

Oxfam America is suing the Securities and Exchange Commission in a bid to force it to finish rewriting congressionally mandated rules requiring companies to disclose what they pay foreign countries for oil, gas and other minerals.  More »
The Chevron Corp. flag flies in front of the company's administrative building in Richmond, California. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

The Center for Sustainable Shale said Thursday that Chevron Corp. is the first energy company to pass a review of 22 production sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.  More »
Ferus Natural Gas trailers carry white tubes of compressed natural gas that power a Statoil drilling rig in North Dakota's Bakken Shale. Statoil, Ferus and GE are in partnership on a project to fuel the equipment with natural gas that Statoil produces along with oil in the Bakken. The company otherwise might burn that gas off through flare stacks because the remote region lacks infrastructure to get it to market. Statoil said Sept. 10, 2014 that it would expand the effort beyond an eight-month pilot project. ( Jay Pickthorn/AP/Statoil).

N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

North Dakota Republicans have put forward a plan to spend millions on rising problems in the wake of the oil boom in the state and the population increase that has resulted.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP Photo/Chris Miller)

Lawmakers urge close look at energy costs

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Tim Scott want their Capitol Hill colleagues to examine how proposed policies will affect energy bills and the families paying them.  More »
Charif Souki, CEO of Cheniere Energy, was 2013's top-paid public company CEO in Houston and the nation. (James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Cheniere Energy shareholders say ‘nay’ on pay

In a non-binding vote, Cheniere Energy shareholders have rejected the company’s 2013 compensation for its top brass, including $142 million in salary and stock grants for CEO Charif Souki.  More »
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Medlock: Without oil exports, drilling rigs could flee U.S.

It will take a “train wreck” of falling prices, declining oil production and idle drilling rigs before the United States lifts its longstanding ban on exporting crude, Rice University economist Kenneth Medlock predicted Wednesday.  More »
Jack Stark of Continental Resources Inc.

Continental Resources appoints new president to replace Bott

Jack Stark replaces outgoing W.F. “Rick” Bott, who resigned Sept. 11.  More »
South Carolina would be among the states to reap benefits from offshore drilling, but some officials argue fishing and tourism could be threatened. Pictured, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo by Loren Steffy)

Study: East Coast states could cash in on offshore drilling

North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia could rake in billions if the Interior Department opens up auctions on leases along the Atlantic Coast, according to the study.  More »
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