Fuel Fix

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Commentary: Is the Deepwater Horizon movie a good idea?

The movie based on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster starring Mark Wahlberg is set for release Sept. 30, 2016.  More »
Senator-elect, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.), delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. Gardner defeated his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Mark Udall. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Republicans won big by embracing energy, industry group says

Wins on Election Day gave Republicans more power to advance industry priorities such as Keystone XL and expanded opportunities for oil and gas drilling.  More »
Local youths look at an oil rig  in Nigeria's oil-rich delta region. (AP file photo/George Osodi)

Swiss prosecutors contact oil traders in Nigeria fuel scam probe

Fraudulent payments related to subsidized fuel imports are estimated to cost the continent’s biggest economy as much as $7 billion a year.  More »

Texas leads the nation in oil field job growth, a new government report finds. (oilfieldservicesgrandeprairie.com)

Texas leads nation in oil field job growth

The resurgence in domestic drilling made possible by new techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has created thousands of new jobs since the recession, and nowhere is that more evident than the Lone Star State.  More »
The fracking ban measure headquarters in downtown Hollister, Calif. has taken over a former sporting goods shop Thursday October 30, 2014

Fracking ban passes in 2 of 3 California counties

Only voters in Santa Barbara County said “No” to a prohibition on the drilling technique.  More »
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, gives a thumbs up to passing motorist at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Republicans have votes to force Keystone XL approval

Republicans now have the votes they need in the House and the Senate to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

CenterPoint Energy profits dip slightly

CenterPoint Energy’s businesses posted higher operating costs and electricity distribution suffered due to milder weather.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Cool temperatures cut into NRG’s 2014 results, as the company bets on home solar

In a call Wednesday, executives at NRG Energy discussed third-quarter results held back by a cool summer before offering a very hot projection for growth in the company’s home solar business.  More »
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Dominion asks feds to begin project review

The Richmond, Virginia-based energy provider says it took the necessary first step Tuesday in the extensive Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review process.  More »
Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) natural gas storage tanks sit on an island in Guanabara Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Petrobras said to win support to raise gasoline prices

Petrobras, which booked $44 billion in operating losses from selling fuel at below-market prices during President Dilma Rousseff’s first term, is set to raise its subsidized refinery gate prices even after crude’s 25 percent plunge this year brought them more into line with international benchmarks.  More »
Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim al-Naimi. (AFP PHOTO)

Saudis recall 1998 showdown in taking on U.S. shale rivals

To win the showdown, the Saudis are trying to bring OPEC’s weaker members in line before the Nov. 27 meeting of the organization.  More »
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OPEC oil basket price falls below $80 to least in 4 years

U.S. oil production rose to the highest in at least 31 years amid slowing global demand, helping drive crude into a bear market last month.  More »
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

NRG adds some power to transmission line debate

NRG Energy has begun building a new power plant in the Houston area, and says the region doesn’t need a proposed new transmission line that would bring power in from plants elsewhere in the state.  More »
Gas Town Revolt

Denton voters pass fracking ban

The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.  More »
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