Fuel Fix

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 »
Money Roll

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 »
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Southern Illinois seeing first of fracking rush

Blessed with natural resources but never enough jobs, southern Illinois counties have begun sampling the fruits of a natural gas-fueled land rush. Industry officials say at least 17 counties — perhaps a sixth of the state — could see some activity, and that landowners already have leased perhaps half a million acres.  More »
An oiled duck is rescued near the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area in Mayflower, Ark. It was prepared to be taken to HAWK Center, a wildlife rehabilitation group assisting Exxon Mobil after a pipeline ruptured and dumped several thousands of barrels of oil. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

2 file federal suit over Arkansas oil spill

Crews are still working to clean up oil that spewed onto lawns and roadways.  More »
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown during a recent interview, told lawmakers on Thursday that his successor will unveil new oil and gas drilling rules soon after taking office.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cape Wind could break ground this year, Salazar says

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he is optimistic that the nation’s first offshore wind farm will break ground this year after more than a decade of delays.  More »
Solar panels work at the NRG Solar and Eurus Energy America Corp.'s 45-megawatt solar farm in Avenal, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Sentinel, Apolinar Fonseca, File)

Fort Bliss to build biggest solar farm in the Army

Fort Bliss will start construction of the largest solar energy farm in the U.S. military.  More »
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Chevron completes repairs at damaged refinery

A company spokesman says Chevron is improving safety and oversight.  More »
China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig in China's Bohai Sea in 2002. (REUTERS/China Newsphoto/Files)

Salaries soaring for oil workers overseas

See the Top 15 countries where foreign oil and gas workers are making the largest salaries. As pay in the United States climbs rapidly, companies with overseas operations are ponying up bigger bucks to attract top talent.  More »
Alert Logic Senior Network Security Analyst Stuart Dunsmore looks for security threats inside the company's security operations center in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Online attack targets 11 energy companies with emails

An online attack this year targeted 11 energy companies by using employee information published online to craft tainted emails.  More »
An oil-soaked bird struggles against the oil-slicked side of the HOS Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, in this May 9, 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/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge rejects BP request to block payment on some Gulf spill claims

A federal judge Friday threw out BP’s request for an injunction to block payment of what BP alleges are fictitious business economic loss claims by plaintiffs who weren’t harmed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »