Fuel Fix

A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Salazar signs management plan for Alaska reserve

A management plan for the vast National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska splits an Indiana-size area roughly in half between conservation areas and land available for petroleum development, and allows pipelines carrying oil or gas to be constructed through the reserve.  More »
Marathon Oil's corporate headquarters in Houston.  (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Marathon Oil’s big Eagle Ford plans

The Eagle Ford will make up an increasing share of the company’s domestic production, from about 18 percent last year to about 40 percent in 2013.  More »
Rail is growing as a competitor to pipelines in transporting the nation's growing crude supply. (Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Railroad shipments of crude oil triple in 2012

The amount of crude oil U.S. freight railroads hauled last year more than tripled as shale oil production surged in North Dakota and other locations.  More »

A Druse man looks toward the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashab from an Israeli army post near the village of Bukata in the Golan Heights.  (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel gives OK for oil drilling in Golan Heights

The drilling permit raises concerns it could draw international condemnation.  More »
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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners planning Houston rail project

Partners plan a crude oil rail terminal linking distant U.S. oil fields with the Greens Port Industrial Park on the Houston Ship Channel.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

House committee accuses Interior watchdog of lax oversight

A top House Republican on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to replace the temporary government watchdog tasked with probing actions by the Interior Department, after accusing her of being soft on the same administration officials she was courting for the permanent job.  More »
The Texas Panhandle sky silhouettes a Linn Energy drilling rig in Wheeler County. (Linn Energy)

Linn Energy buying Berry Petroleum in $2.5 billion deal

Houston’s Linn Energy has inked a deal to buy Denever-based Berry Petroleum for about $2.5 billion. In the all-stock deal, Linn will expand its presence in the Permian Basin, East Texas, California and the Rockies as well as pick up a new core area in the Uinta Basin. Berry’s reserves are about 75 percent oil.  More »
A cloud of natural gas spews from an out-of-control gas well owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, about 10 miles northeast of Douglas, Wyo. Residents living without 2 1/2 miles of the well have been given the choice to evacuate. The well blew out Tuesday afternoon and no injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

Natural gas hinders Chesapeake’s gains

Beleaguered Chesapeake Energy Corp. posted $940 million loss in 2012, as low natural gas prices dragged down its results throughout the year, the company reported Thursday. Its year-end results showed improvement, however, as the company posted a $257 million profit for the final quarter of 2012, a rebound from the previous three months when low natural gas prices led to a $2 billion loss.  More »
Cosco's first LNG carrier being fitted out in Shanghai. The "Dapeng Sun" has a capacity of 147,000 cubic meters. (HerryLawford/Flickr)

Japan Prime Minister to ask Obama for shale exports

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to allow shale gas exports as the world’s third-largest economy grapples with soaring energy costs after 2011’s nuclear disaster closed reactors.  More »
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Merkel leaves door open to fracking as shale gains appeal

Chancellor Angela Merkel left the door open to tapping shale gas in Germany, saying her government will consult with companies and the public to build consensus on exploiting the potential energy source.  More »
Oil workers on an Eagle Ford Shale rig near Tilden, Texas. (John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Industry, environmentalists mull ‘fracking’ rules

Leases have been signed on tens of thousands of acres in southern Illinois. Studies have hinted at the potential economic payoff of drilling for oil and gas deposits deep underground. But so far, oil and gas companies have held off on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois because the state lacks ground rules for the industry.  More »
The sun sets on a drilling rig in Frio County, Texas.  (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Energy to help Texas economy outpace nation’s

The flourishing energy sector along with across-the-board private sector hiring will keep Texas’ economic growth moving faster than the nation’s, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas predicted Wednesday.  More »
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Texas man faces more charges for bombing attempt

A North Texas man described by authorities as an anarchist is facing additional charges for attempting to bomb a pipeline.  More »
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Harvest Natural drops on end to Venezuelan sale

Houston-based Harvest Natural Resources Inc. dropped the most in more than 23 years after announcing the termination of its planned $725 million sale of Venezuelan assets to Indonesia’s state-owned PT Pertamina.  More »
(Photo: First Solar)

Nexolon breaks ground on San Antonio solar plant

With ceremonial hard hats on and shovels in hand, city officials and executives from CPS Energy and Nexolon broke ground Wednesday on the company’s solar panel manufacturing plant at Brooks City-Base.  More »