Fuel Fix

A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

California State Senate holds hearing in Torrance on refinery explosion

Refinery owner Exxon Mobil officials, first-responders and representatives of government environmental agencies were scheduled to appear at the public hearing at Torrance City Hall.  More »
(Kevin Cederstrom/AP)

Nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater spills north of Tioga

The pipeline owned by Continental Resources ruptured after it was struck by equipment excavating at the site about 16 miles north of Tioga.  More »
U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp  speaks during a news conference Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

U.S. must invest in Arctic, Senate panel told

As the United States prepares to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the country needs to invest more heavily in icebreakers, navigational aids and other resources for the region.  More »
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The former Exxon Mobil-owned Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J. ConocoPhillips now operates the plant. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

New Jersey officially announces $225 million Exxon Mobil settlement

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said the settlement over refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne is separate from Exxon Mobil’s obligation to clean up the sites at its own expense.  More »
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Kinder Morgan IDs shippers for planned natural gas pipeline

The pipeline’s capacity is from 1.2 billion to 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.  More »
(Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Steelworkers fire back over unfair labor practice charges

The National Right to Work Foundation is providing legal help to three employees of LyondellBasell who filed unfair labor practice charges against the union.  More »
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Statoil agrees to pay $2 million for illegal well in North Dakota

Authorities say the well was drilled in December 2011 on unleased federal land about two weeks after Statoil Oil & Gas Services Inc. acquired Brigham Oil & Gas L.P.  More »
BIG GAME FISHING

Cal Dive files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The Houston firm said this week it is set to sell off its least important assets and plans to either reorganize or sell its main subsea contracting business, which helps oil companies maintain offshore production platforms and pipelines.  More »
A woman walks on a snow-covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Fresh heavy snow has triggered traffic chaos in Belgrade and other Serbian cities, further complicating relief efforts as Eastern Europe's harshest cold snap in decades spreads to the north of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Continued cold finally boosts natural gas

Natural gas in working storage fell by 228 billion cubic feet to a total of 1.71 trillion cubic feet in the week ending Feb. 27, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.  More »
A man walks back to his temporary housing unit outside of Willisburg, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as "man camps, " now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Oil bust threatens mortgage-backed securities in Wall Street-funded shale towns

Wall Street analysts are poring over commercial-mortgage backed securities for signs of distress as the oil crash weighs on demand for real estate in energy hubs.  More »
An LNG tanker. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Goldman sees LNG as biggest commodity after crude this year

The U.S. will supply more LNG in the next several years, giving Asia, the biggest consuming region, more bargaining power, the analysts said.  More »
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Libya says 11 oil fields non-operational after Islamic State attacks

The National Oil Corporation blamed authorities in the Libyan-capital of Tripoli, set up by Islamist-backed militias, for failing to protect the oil fields.  More »
(Rovanto/Flickr)

Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

AUSTIN – Despite falling oil prices, production cutbacks and persistent safety concerns, rail officials plan to continue shipping millions of gallons of volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Texas, according to updated records provided by state officials on Wednesday. Average weekly volumes reflect little change from a first batch of […]  More »
A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Steelworkers strike: More labor board charges filed

Late last month, LyondellBasell also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, accusing the Steelworkers union of harassing members who have returned to their jobs.  More »
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Local communities standing against and for fracking

While some local communities have been fighting to keep fracking outside their borders, a group of towns in New York have been debating whether to ditch the state for frack friendly Pennsylvania.  More »
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