Fuel Fix

A worker monitors water in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township, Mich., near the Kalamazoo River as oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., is attempted to be trapped by booms. Federal investigators are expected to present their findings Tuesday, July 10, 2012 on the likely cause of a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the river nearly two years ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Enbridge declines to pay for 2 more spill studies

A company responsible for a 2010 pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southwestern Michigan river has refused to pay $800,000 to complete two new studies to assess the spill’s damage.  More »
In this Thursday, March 24, 2011 photo, a cluster of houses is seen in Port Harcourt in Nigeria's Delta region.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Shell: Nigeria pipeline spills caused by thieves

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says a major pipeline it has in Nigeria has come under repeated attack by thieves wanting to steal the crude oil it transports.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water as the sky is reflected in sheen on Barataria Bay, off the coast of Louisiana, in this June, 7, 2010 file photo. A high-stakes trial to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the spill began Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

BP report didn’t mention safety-test talk, witness says

BP Plc’s report about its investigation of an oil spill that fouled the Gulf of Mexico didn’t mention a conversation between two company officials about a key safety test the night of the blast, an executive testified.  More »


Mexico’s ruling party backs energy reform

Nearly 5,000 members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party unanimously at their national convention to remove language in the party’s platform that for years had opposed injecting private money in Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.  More »
San Antonio developer David Monnich is building an apartment project in Encinal using shipping containers as the building blocks. The Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas activity has created a housing crunch in the area, but Monnich hopes to target long-term residents instead of temporary oil field workers. Photos courtesy David Monnich. (David Monnich)

Modern apartment design in the oil patch

A San Antonio developer is adapting shipping containers to housing in the Eagle Ford Shale region, with a project that brings modern design to the oil patch.  More »

BP wins appeal on Gulf oil spill insurance claim

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, the presiding judge in the trial, and said that BP can tap into insurance policies held by rig owner Transocean that provided for at least $750 million in coverage.  More »
Escalating political tensions that led to across-the-board federal budget cuts are putting a drag on the benefits of the oil and gas boom, CERAWeek panelists said. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Industry leaders gather in Houston for CERAWeek energy conference

Cyberthreats, energy in the developing world and the ways in which the North American shale revolution has affected the global market will all be part of the IHS CERAWeek energy conference, which begins Monday.  More »
Protesters rally against hydrofracking as the legislative session winds down at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., in June 2012.  A coalition of 100 environmental, health and community groups called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject any demonstration project for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Gov. Cuomo held up on fracking in NY to await health study

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came as close as he ever has to approving fracking last month, laying out a limited drilling plan for as many as 40 gas wells before changing course to await the findings of a new study after discussions with environmentalist and former brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy Jr., several people familiar with his thinking told The Associated Press.  More »
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North Sea platform leak sparks evacuation

The TAQA oil company says dozens of workers have been evacuated from a North Sea oil platform after a hydrocarbon leak was detected.  More »
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean posts profit as U.S. drilling increases

Transocean last reported a profitable fourth quarter in 2009.  More »
Headquarters of the state-run energy company China National Offshore Oil Corp. (Cnooc) in Beijing. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Cnooc said to cede control of Nexen’s Gulf assets

Cnooc will still own the assets.  More »

LNG facility planned at Baton Rouge port

Houston-based Waller Marine wants to have the LNG facility operational within the next year and a half.  More »
Crewmen lower a pipe for TransCanada's Keystone XL project into the ground in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

State Department: Keystone XL wouldn’t expand Canada’s oil sands

The State Department late Friday released a fresh environmental assessment of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, concluding that the project is unlikely to dramatically boost demand for Canada’s oil sands or the amount of heavy crude oil refined in Gulf Coast refineries.  More »
A member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff wearing a glove in June 2010 reaches into thick oil on the surface of the northern regions of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Transocean, Halliburton say their Gulf spill tabs should be BP’s burden

In court papers filed Friday, Transocean asserts that any damages it is ordered to pay are BP’s responsibility because BP has admitted to misleading the U.S. government about the amount of oil that flowed after the Macondo well blowout.  More »
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US may swap light oil for heavy Mexican crude, Sieminski Says

The U.S. might consider exporting light, sweet crude to Mexico in a swap for heavy crude, Adam Sieminski, administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, said today at a conference in Houston.  More »