Fuel Fix

A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday, Dec 30, 2013, in Casselton, N.D. The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

Feds: Industry hampering oil train safety

U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.  More »
The Baker Hughes research and development building in Tomball, Texas. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Oil rigs in US extend record as Eagle Ford drilling surges

Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. jumped to a record as energy producers used the most in a year to drill for crude in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation. Oil rigs increased by 14 to 1,487, the highest level since Baker Hughes split the oil and gas counts in 1987, data posted on the company’s […]  More »
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Gulf well shut in after blackout

An electrical blackout at an offshore floating production facility forced it to disconnect from at least one Talos well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday.  More »
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The White House in Washington, D.C. (AP file photo/Ron Edmonds)

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry

The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.  More »
The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones  initiative lines were designed to move electricity generated by renewable energy from the remote parts of Texas to more heavily populated areas. Oncor completed 37 stations and equipment for this project, as well as more than 900 miles of transmission lines. (photo: Oncor)

Wind power hits Texas record

The new West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reaching new gusty heights, reaching a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night.  More »
Steve Ghormley from Freedom CNG and Railroad Commissioner David Porter fuel up a truck at the new CNG fueling station serving Houston Distributing Company near the company's facility on High Life Drive Thursday March 27, 2014.(Dave Rossman photo)

Houston area gets eighth CNG station

The Houston-area got its newest compressed natural gas filling station Thursday with the opening of a new facility across the street from local beer distributor Houston Distributing Company.  More »
TOTAL S. A. CEO Christophe de Margerie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Total plans to drill for shale gas with Sinopec in China

Total SA plans to seek shale gas with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. by drilling in Anhui province, moving the third-largest European oil company closer to exploiting Chinese reserves that are the world’s biggest. Total and Sinopec, as the Chinese refiner is known, will search for gas in the 4,000 square-kilometer (1,500 square mile) Xuancheng […]  More »
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Woodside misses deadline on Israeli gas deal as talks continue

Woodside Petroleum, Australia’s second-largest oil producer, missed its target for completing a deal to buy a stake in a natural gas project in Israel, 15 months after signing an initial accord.  More »
James Schlesinger speaks during a news briefing in 2004. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former Energy Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Schlesinger, who died Thursday at the age of 85, built an impressive national-security resume under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and served as the nation’s first energy secretary under Democratic President Jimmy Carter during the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  More »
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Report: Bad gasoline shipped from Exxon’s Baton Rouge terminal

Exxon Mobil’s Baton Baton Rouge gasoline terminal shipped out tainted fuel that has clogged up car systems, the state’s commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry told The Advocate.  More »
A Prairie chicken walks out from an acclamation pen at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Feds list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a […]  More »
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Oil up above $101 as US growth rate revised higher

Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery rose $1.02 to close at $101.28 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That is the highest closing price in three weeks. On Wednesday, oil jumped $1.07 to close at $100.26.  More »
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