Fuel Fix

Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Keystone debate rages in Senate over health, climate effects

The fight over Keystone XL moved to the Senate on Thursday, as fans and foes of the pipeline battled over its link to climate change, the economy and U.S. security.  More »

Oil up slightly as natural gas slumps

The price of oil rose above $98 per barrel on Thursday after plunging the day before on concern China’s economic slowdown is deepening.  More »
Coal ash is scooped up on a canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Emails show ties between Duke, state regulators

Staff exchanged messages discussing “how Duke wants to be sued.”  More »
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A dusk view of a support vessel next to the illuminated Na Kika oil and natural gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (BP)

Feds lift ban blocking BP from new offshore drilling contracts

BP inked a deal with the Obama administration on Thursday ending its 16-month suspension from new contracts to supply the Pentagon with fuel and drill in U.S. waters.  More »
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Average pump price passes $3.50 for first time in 6 months

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline passed $3.50 for the first time since Sept. 18, jumping 23 cents over the last 34 days, according to AAA.  More »

Report: Fracking could raise earthquake risks in California

A potential boom in hydraulic fracturing in California would increase the risks of earthquakes in the state, according to a report that environmental groups released Thursday.  More »
The San Onofre nuclear power plant along Pacific Ocean coastline in San Onofre, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

California vies to replace closed nuke plant power

More than two years after the San Onofre nuclear power plant stopped production, California is looking to fill the gap left in its energy grid by the plant that provided enough electricity for 1.4 million homes.  More »
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Company plans $2B Ethiopian power project on imploded volcano

Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said.  More »
An Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency boat patrols the Malacca Strait off Aceh province located in the area of northern Sumatra island on March 12, 2014 in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.  ( AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy tie to Malaysian jet mystery? (video)

Did an oil rig worker see the Malaysian jet going down?  More »
An engineer walks past heat exchangers at the Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum  Reserve site near Freeport, Texas. (Photo:Sharon Steinmann/Houston Chronicle)

US to tap strategic petroleum reserve

The Obama administration will release 5 million barrels of sour crude from the United States’ emergency stockpile in what officials described as a “test” of the nation’s capability to respond to oil supply disruptions around the globe.  More »
Apache's activity in Egypt began in 1994 with its first Qarun discovery well. Today, Apache says it is the largest acreage holder in Egypt’s Western Desert. (Apache Corp.)

Apache ends sales push with close of Argentina deal

Apache Corp.’s international hunt for buyers of oil land has ended after a year with the close of its most recent deal in Argentina, the company said Wednesday.  More »
Juan Carlos Zepeda Molina, president of Mexico's National Hydrocarbons Commission, speaks during Wednesday's Greater Houston Partnership conference on Mexico's energy sector overhaul.

Mexico will release Pemex seismic data for investors’ review

Mexico will release years of oil exploration testing data as it opens its energy sector to international investment, a top Mexican regulator said in Houston Wednesday.  More »
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