Fuel Fix

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation CEO Al Walker, left, is presented with the top ranked large employer award from Houston Chronicle President John T. O'Loughlin during the Houston Chronicle's Top Workplaces Awards Gala, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Houston. Schiller also won leader of the year for small business. ( Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle )

Survey is way to salute top places to work

Proud of your workplace? Inspired by your employer’s extra efforts to make you feel appreciated? Believe your company deserves positive notice?  More »
General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt (right) waits for the start of the company's annual shareholders meeting in Erie, Pa. in 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)

GE expands oil business with $3B Lufkin Industries buy

General Electric Co. will buy the oilfield equipment maker Lufkin Industries, Inc. for about $3 billion, furthering an effort by GE to grow its oil and gas operations.  More »
Vu To finishes filling his gas tank in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Wash. (AP file photo/Elaine Thompson)

Cybera targets security threat at gas stations

Cybera has had particular success landing contracts to get its systems into gas stations, where criminals have reportedly stolen fuel by using aluminum-foil strips to interrupt rooftop satellite feeds .  More »
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City bonds boosting solar energy projects

Solar-energy installations are set to receive record loans this year through a U.S. municipal finance tool modeled after one that backed $17 billion of sewers and sidewalks in the past decade.  More »
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Iran to boost gas exports in efforts to cut oil sales reliance

Iran plans increase its natural gas exports as a way to diminish its reliance on crude sales, a senior Iranian Oil Ministry official said.  More »
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Gas drilling to resume at site of spill in NE Pa.

State environmental officials say gas drilling can resume at a northeastern Pennsylvania site where thousands of gallons of fracking fluid spilled.  More »
A drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Fracking coalition upsets both greens and drillers

Like a marriage the in-laws don’t approve of, a new plan to strengthen standards for fracking is creating unusual divisions among environmentalists and supporters of the oil and gas industry.  More »
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Renewables could feed all New York power needs, academics say

A new study says New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030 with a concerted push, though the state’s decade-long effort to significantly boost green energy shows how challenging that could be.  More »
The Motiva Port Arthur refinery. (PRNewsFoto/Motiva Enterprises LLC)

Refineries expanded, but not constructed

It’s a frequently repeated factoid about the energy industry: No new major refinery has been built in this country in decades. But several small refineries have opened and significant capacity has been added at the nation’s refineries.  More »
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More oil and gas money going to the state

Oil companies bid more than $11.5 million to drill on state lands, with the bulk of the money going to the Permanent School Fund, which benefits primary and secondary education in Texas, the state’s General Land Office announced this week.  More »
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Japanese energy firm leases space in Galleria area

The space will serve as the national headquarters for Osaka Gas and will be the company’s largest presence in the United States.  More »
Containers of saltwater algae are displayed in the University of Texas biology building. (Ashley Landis / Houston Chronicle))

Not ready for slime time: Algae present challenges as fuel source

As debate continues over raising the ethanol content in motor fuel to reduce emissions, another form of green energy is coloring the discussion.  More »