Fuel Fix

In this March 29, 2013 photo, a worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," occurs after oil and gas wells are drilled and frequently in between drilling phases. The process uses millions of gallons of water mixed with smaller amounts of fine sand and chemicals to split open oil- and gas-bearing rock often located more than a mile underground. Fracking typically occurs in conjunction with other modern drilling techniques, such as directional drilling. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Ohio injection well operator fights state action

A northeast Ohio injection well operator whose owner faces federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act is seeking permission to resume operations.  More »
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Oil falls below $93 as China manufacturing weakens

The price of oil fell below $93 per barrel Thursday after a survey showed manufacturing activity in China falling to its lowest level in seven months, a sign that the recovery in the world’s No. 2 economy is fading.  More »
Christopher Smith, acting assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Department of Energy, speaks on current government research on oil and gas during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle )

Feds float 2-month timeline for new LNG export approvals

A top Energy Department official on Tuesday hinted that the Obama administration could issue natural gas exports licenses about every two months.  More »
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Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Obama opposes GOP bill on Keystone XL oil pipeline

A House vote is expected Wednesday.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Unlikely alliance: Political foes plea for more time on fracturing rule

The decision by the two lawmakers to join forces is a sign of the deep and varied opposition to the Obama administration’s proposed hydraulic fracturing mandates.  More »
Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks at the Energy Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after being sworn in as Energy Secretary. Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Moniz sworn in as energy secretary

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s new energy secretary, said he will put on hold about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas until he reviews studies on what impact the exports would have on domestic natural gas supplies and prices.  More »
Andrew Lipow (Lipow Oil Associates), Jeffrey Mower (Platts) and Kurt Barrow (IHS Consulting) participate in  a Platts panel on North American Refined Products. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Renewable fuel standards distort markets, critics say

Renewable fuel standards are distorting the market for ethanol and other biofuels, panelists said at a conference on refining.  More »

Halliburton expanding natural gas use

Halliburton is expanding its use of natural gas to fuel its vehicles and engines, with the addition of 100 trucks that can run on compressed natural gas.  More »

Gulf spill victims fight companies’ effort to gut punitive damage claims

Individuals, businesses and states suing over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are trying to prevent cement contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean from pulling the rug out from under their case before a federal judge rules on whether the companies were grossly negligent.  More »
The Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project expansion (Freeport LNG)

Moody’s: Freeport LNG exports will boost gas producers and pipelines

Moody’s has weighed in on last week’s approval of Freeport LNG’s request to export liquefied natural gas, saying it offers a clear benefit for natural gas-leveraged North American exploration and production and midstream companies.  More »
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U.S. LNG export potential gaining momentum

Liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. are looking more likely after the Freeport LNG terminal got conditional approval from the Department of Energy, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) said.  More »
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EU tightens offshore-oil regulation in response to BP spill

The European Union tightened safety rules for offshore oil and natural-gas exploration to curb the risk of a major accident after BP Plc’s 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history.  More »
CenterPoint Energy employee Shane Sobnosky prepares to leave for Oklahoma, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Houston. Sobnosky, is part of about a 60-employee group that is going to help restore power to those effected by the tornado that happened Monday. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

CenterPoint heads north to assist in deadly tornado’s aftermath

CenterPoint Energy, the Houston-based power distribution company, is sending crews to Oklahoma to help restore electricity to homes and businesses rocked by Monday’s devastating tornado.  More »
Oil field workers' jobs probably are less at risk than corporate functions under the proposed Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger (Donna McWilliam/AP)

Halliburton warns Mexico operations will lower quarterly profit margin

Halliburton Co., the world’s largest provider of hydraulic fracturing services, said its second- quarter operating profit margin will be negatively impacted by a decline in rigs working in Mexico as the country transitions to a new way of awarding service contracts.  More »
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Senate forum sheds light on natural gas exports

Energy analysts will be reading the tea leaves Tuesday as Obama administration officials field questions about their approach to exporting U.S natural gas during a Senate forum on the issue. Follow live as we tweet from the forum.  More »