Fuel Fix

Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

Energy security, power and technology

A team of journalism graduate students published a detailed project last week on energy security, geopolitics and technology that debunks several national myths about oil.  More »
Jim Holl, a geoscientist, interprets seismic data. (E. Joe Deering/Chronicle).

Feds study Gulf wildlife to make way for wind turbines

Two federal agencies are laying the foundation for wind turbines in the Gulf of Mexico, by launching a study of the effects seismic research poses on whales and fish in the region.  More »
The Dominion Liquified Natural Gas (LGN) facility in Cove Point, Md. A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking. Expanded More than 20 projects to export LNG are under review by the Energy Department. (AP Photo/Dominion)

Plans to export US natural gas stir debate

A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.  More »
Atlanta Businessman Ted Turner gains funding for his solar ambitions, while Atlanta-based Southern hedges against the risk of clean power biting into a business based largely on burning fossil fuels across its four-state region. Photographer Jay Mallin/Bloomberg

Ted Turner taking coal funds to create solar odd couple

They’re unlikely business partners: a billionaire environmentalist and one of the largest coal-burners in the U.S.  More »
Mexican lawmakers have passed legislation that will end a 75-year state monopoly on the energy industry.

Mexico is third largest exporter of oil to United States

The United States continues to be Mexico’s main trading partner for energy products, accounting for more than $65 billion in energy trade in 2012.  More »
The new Exxon Mobil corporate campus under construction near The Woodlands is seen on Thursday, April 11, 2013. The new development is near Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road. In total, the complex will house 10,000 people when it opens in 2015. (Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle)

Houston-area leaders woo workers moving to Exxon Mobil’s new campus

Officials with the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and Houston Northwest Chamber, the city of Tomball, and the Klein and Spring school districts went to Virginia recently to serve up a little Texas hospitality to Exxon Mobil employees who will be relocating to the new campus in 2014 and 2015.  More »
An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Iran says $100 per barrel is ‘fair’ price for oil

Iran’s oil minister says the country supports prices of $100 for a barrel of crude.  More »
Michael Talbert   Chairman of Transocean Inc.

Transocean Chairman Talbert to step down amid fight with Icahn

Transocean Ltd. (RIG), the world’s largest offshore oil rig contractor, said Chairman Michael Talbert plans to step down as the company fights board nominees from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

BNY Mellon appeals ruling on Chesapeake’s early bond call

Bank of New York Mellon Corp., the world’s biggest custody bank, is appealing a ruling allowing Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) to proceed today with redeeming $1.3 billion in bonds six years early at 100 cents on the dollar.  More »
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

NRC to conduct major check at Browns Ferry Nuclear

Federal regulators are conducting a major inspection this week at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens.  More »
Scott Environmental Services Inc. of Longview takes drilling waste material, such as that shown here, and stabilizes and solidifies it so it can be converted into road material, instead of being trucked to a landfill for disposal. Photos are courtesy of Scott Environmental Services Inc. of Longview. (Scott Environmental Services Inc)

Drilling waste finds new use

A Texas company has found a way to turn oil field trash into something useful — roads and new drilling pads.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Chesapeake thinks it has 342 million barrels in Eagle Ford

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. has drilled 600 Eagle Ford wells, so far.  More »