Fuel Fix

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in March.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.  More »
Sospeter Muhongo (Robert Grattan/Chronicle)

Tanzania’s energy minister says his African nation seeks U.S. partnership

The energy minister for Tanzania is in Houston seeking oil and gas investment in the East African nation.  More »
Shell employees run through oil spill response drills during training in 2012. Many of the company's oil spill response workers are Alaska natives. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell signs deal with Alaska native group

Shell moved Thursday to deepen its relationship with Alaska natives who live near the company’s Arctic oil wells, signing a deal that gives them royalties from some of the projects an option to buy into them later.  More »
Pipelines run from the offshore docking station to four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks at the Dominion Resources Inc. Liquified Natural Gas facility in Cove Point, Md.  (AP Photo/Matt Houston, File)

Oregon LNG wins natural gas export license

The federal government gave an Oregon project a coveted permit to broadly export liquefied natural gas on Thursday, even as the Obama administration faces criticism for moving too slowly on the proposals.  More »
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, file)

Occidental profit rises as cost-cutting continues

Occidental Petroleum Corp., the global oil producer that is pursuing a breakup to boost returns, said second-quarter profit rose as it continues to try to reduce costs.  More »
The Noble Explorer drilled offshore in Alaska for Shell in 2012, and Shell's CEO says the company may try to return to the icy waters next summer. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell keeps Arctic drilling on table for 2015

The future of oil exploration in some U.S. Arctic waters may rest with federal courts, but Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO said Thursday the company is undaunted by the legal logjam.  More »
G. Steven Farris, chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corp. ( Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle )

Apache profits down 50 percent, announces plans to sell stake in two LNG projects

Apache Corp., the Houston-based exploration and production company, saw its profits fall 50 percent in the second quarter following a year in which it shed many of its assets.  More »
(Flickr/SalFalko)

Company hired to offload crude no longer obligated to perform the job

The company hired to offload a disputed load of Kurdish crude is off the hook from carrying out that contract.  More »
Exxon Mobil has about 86 percent of its oil and gas production in what rating agencies consider less risky OECD countries, according to the analysis.(Carlos Javier Sanchez/ Special to the Chronicle)

Exxon reports higher earnings, lower production

Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest energy company, fell after reporting worldwide oil and natural gas production declined to the lowest level in almost five years.  More »
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, addresses the audience during the Geopolitics of Natural Gas convention at Rice University, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Chronicle )

ConocoPhillips’ profit rises as production increases

Surging U.S. oil production helped lift ConocoPhillips’ profit by 1.5 percent in the second quarter as the company reported significant increases in output from the Eagle Ford and Bakken shales.  More »
Royal Dutch Shell offices in London. (Laura Goldberg/Houston Chronicle)

Shell beats estimates, takes gas writedown

Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s biggest oil company, beat analyst second-quarter earnings estimates while pushing ahead with a restructuring program that saw it write off about $1.9 billion in U.S. gas assets.  More »
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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common across from the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Energy company Kinder Morgan has proposed the $3.75 billion extension of its northeast pipeline through Massachusetts and says will provide clean-burning natural gas to the northeast. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston protesters rally against Kinder Morgan gas pipeline

The protest, attended by hundreds of supporters, was the culmination of a month-long “rolling rally” that marched through towns likely impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed 250-mile long pipeline expansion in Berkshire, Worcester and Franklin counties.  More »
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