Fuel Fix

A Keystone XL pipeline protester demonstrates outside of the White House on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

Keystone be darned: Canada finds oil route around Obama

From the Canadian perspective, Keystone has become a tractor mired in an interminably muddy field.  More »
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, contracted employees with a two-man Dominion route survey team work their way across a field near Guthrie Road in Suarts Draft, Va. They help survey the route for the Dominion's proposed natural gas pipeline. (AP Photo/The Staunton News Leader, Mike Tripp)

Appalachian pipeline gets a new route

Energy companies have revised the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from West Virginia to Virginia.  More »
(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell begins production from its first deepwater Malaysia project

The project could eventually lead to peak production of 135,000 barrels of oil per day for a joint venture including ConocoPhillips and Shell.  More »
A capping stack maintained by the Marine Well Containment Company is transported to a storage facility by crain (Photo: MWCC)

Gulf spill consortium gets new head

The organization was created in the wake of 2010′s Deepwater Horizon disaster, and counts BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and other companies in its membership.  More »
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Shale boom tested as plummeting prices threaten U.S. drillers

More supply from hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and less demand, are contributing to the tumble in West Texas Intermediate crude.  More »
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

Missing Vietnamese tanker likely captured by pirates

If confirmed, it would be the 12th such case of piracy since April in Southeast Asia, where tankers have been hijacked, cargo stolen and later released.  More »
A jar holding wastewater from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

American Water Works CEO says company could provide fracking services

The largest publicly traded water utility in the U.S. is in discussions about providing additional services to fracking companies.  More »
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo. (center) helps as Solar City employees Jarret Esposito (left) and Jake Torwatzky install a solar panel on a home in south Denver in 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.  More »
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Pipeline growth points to shale boom’s infrastructure demands

An expanding web of pipelines is ferrying more oil and natural gas liquids across the United States.  More »
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Texas uses the most electricity, burns nearly the most fuel

Texas has been the biggest user of motor fuel and residential electricity so far in 2014.  More »
WellDog CEO John Pope, right, and Art Toews, gas testing technology specialist, hold a device that uses lasers to help identify shale gas reservoirs (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Shell testing new laser-based sensor to find shale gas

Royal Dutch Shell is testing a new device that uses lasers to help identify natural gas reservoirs, Wyoming-based oilfield service company WellDog announced Tuesday.  More »
Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Peter Cella (center) participates in a ground breaking ceremony for the company’s new ethane cracker in Baytown. (Chevron Phillips Chemical)

Petrochemical boom pumps cash into local communities but strains infrastructure

As chemical plants rush to take advantage of the cheap, abundant natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom, industry and local communities like Baytown and Mont Belvieu have been forced to strike a delicate balancing act between embracing the flurry of new construction activity while maintaining good quality of life for residents.  More »
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