Fuel Fix

The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Global refining boom could challenge U.S. exports

The availability of cheap natural gas in the U.S. could give domestic refineries a cost advantage over international competitors, as refining capacity expands globally.  More »
The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

Militants: Algerian helicopters kill 35 hostages

At least 20 foreign hostages escaped Thursday from Islamist militants who had taken over an Algerian natural gas complex in the Sahara desert, an Algerian security official reported.  More »

Corpus gears up for Eagle Ford gas

It sits outside the frenzied drilling activity, but Corpus Christi has its eye on the gas fields of the Eagle Ford Shale region.  More »
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MTBE still a water risk, witness says at ExxonMobil trial

A chemical additive to gasoline meant to make it burn more thoroughly poses a long-term threat of contamination in New Hampshire, a witness testified at the trial of ExxonMobil Corp.  More »
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Interior chief had ‘common ground’ with oil industry

As oil spewed from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pledged to keep a “boot on the neck” of BP Plc (BP/) to get it to plug the leak and clean the mess. Then he halted new deepwater drilling.  More »
Children play in a river where oil pipes run above the surface in Ecuador's Sucumbios province. (AP file photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Chevron subpoenas in Ecuador suit challenged in court

Chevron Corp. (CVX), which faces a $19 billion damage award in an Ecuador environmental case, shouldn’t be allowed to obtain information about the e-mail accounts of lawyers, activists and scholars in contact with plaintiff attorneys, a privacy rights group told a judge.  More »

High-tech energy attracts $1.12 trillion in global revenue

Revenue from advanced energies, from biogas to microgrids, surged an estimated 19 percent in 2012, according to a report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.  More »
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Parnell sets new benchmarks for gas pipeline

Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday set new benchmarks for progress on a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska and urged lawmakers to act this year on legislation to change the state’s oil tax structure.  More »

Iraq considering BP for work on Kirkuk oil field

An Iraqi oil official says the country is considering a proposal for British oil giant BP to begin work on a major oil field that lies in territory contested by Baghdad and the minority Kurds.  More »

Citgo to settle in gas additive lawsuit

Citgo Petroleum Corp. and New Hampshire agreed to sever the company from an $816 million trial over groundwater contamination while a settlement is completed.  More »
Rail is growing as a competitor to pipelines in transporting the nation's growing crude supply. (Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Enbridge losing business to railroads, refiner says

Enbridge Inc.’s North Dakota pipeline system has been underused for the past three months as railroads move more oil out of the Bakken shale play, a refining company told U.S. regulators.  More »
CVR Energy was named to the Chronicle 100 list of leading companies. CVR s Coffeyville operations, both the refinery and the fertilizer plant.  (Photo: Houston Chronicle)

CVR Refining raises $600M in IPO

CVR Refining LP, the U.S. oil refiner controlled by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, raised $600 million in its initial public offering after pricing an increased number of units at the midpoint of the price range.  More »