Fuel Fix

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)

Aerial photos of the Exxon Mobil campus

The Exxon Mobil campus north of Houston is taking shape, and a good place get a look at what’s being developed is from above.  More »
Landowner David Holdsworth checks out the recompleted Well No. 7 on the Tortuga Ranch in Zavala County, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The well, drilled last summer by wildcatter Harvey Howell, was producing 50 barrels of briny water and five barrels of oil. It was costing hundreds of dollars daily to dispose of the water. The work over job consisted of reworking the hole and perforating the site at a higher level that the previous perforations to avoid drawing water. The weeklong job was a successful. The well was producing around 10-11 barrels of oil daily a week after the job was finished. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Wildcatter tries to turn frustrations into black gold

Early settlers in Zavala County, Texas told tales of lost and buried treasure, but today’s riches lie thousands of feet below ground.  More »
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Valero spinoff will form San Antonio’s 3rd-largest company

CST Brands will take over almost 1,900 retail sites in the United States and Canada and plans to build 15 new U.S. locations this year, with Texas as a key focus.  More »
Beach goers at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola, Fla., on July 11, 2010, when efforts were still underway to cap the runaway Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico (AP file photo/Michael Spooneybarger)

Florida becomes 4th state to sue BP over oil spill

The state of Florida filed a lawsuit Saturday against oil company BP and cement contractor Halliburton over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, becoming the fourth state to seek damages for the 2010 disaster.  More »
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Gambles in spill case move closer to resolution

The three main companies linked to the deadly rig blast and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 rolled the dice when they went to trial rather than settle a web of civil suits and claims over the disaster.  More »
Containment booms are placed on the beach in an effort to clean the beach from effects of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010 in Elmer's Island, Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

3 years later: BP tries to recover, survivors try to forgive

Three years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill, it’s BP’s voice that is heard most often. The company’s ads, executive speeches, press statements and social media remind Americans of what the British oil giant is doing to restore the water and beaches.  More »
Sea foam is seen amid dead mangrove, an area previously dense, green and a nesting sight for brown pelicans, egrets and roaseate spoon bill. The area, which now erodes into Barataria Bay at Cat Island in Plaquemines Parish, La., was directly impacted by oil from the nation's worst offshore oil spill. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

3 years later: Gulf oil spill impact

Three years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, the long-term environmental impact is not fully known. Here’s a look at Cat Island in Barataria Bay near southeastern Louisiana, then and now.  More »
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Keystone challenge rejected by Texas Supreme Court

TransCanada Corp.’s power to condemn land as a common carrier won’t be reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court in one of four state-court challenges against the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry Canadian tar-sands oil to the Texas coast  More »
Twelve contract workers were hopsitalized Wedneday afer a fire broke out in a processing unit at Beaumont's ExxonMobil. Three of the injured are considered critical. All other employees have been accounted for. The unit was down due to maintenance when the fire occured. Police closed the entrances to the facility. An investigation to the cause of the fire will be conducted. (Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

Exxon identifies source of refinery flash fire

ExxonMobil spokeswoman Kathleen Jackson said a fire that left four contract workers critically injured this week started when hydrocarbons released from a heat exchanger ignited.  More »
Shareholders have criticized Chesapeake’s board for failing to rein in what they’ve seen as Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending at the company. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Chesapeake founder to get $11 million as he builds new company

Chesapeake Energy Corp. former Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon will be paid $11.1 million in cash after leaving the company he founded 24 years ago.  More »
Ships move an oil boom into place near Cat Island off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi as part of Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. (AP file photo/U.S. Air Force)

Mississippi becomes 3rd state to sue BP for oil spill

Louisiana and Alabama sued BP earlier and are participating in a federal trial that is ongoing in New Orleans to determine the liability of BP and its contractors.  More »
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Energy industry helping drive Houston housing demand

Demand in the Houston area has shot up amid additional office development and a coming relocation for thousands of Exxon Mobil Corp. employees.  More »