Fuel Fix

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Supreme Court won’t hear pipeline case

The Texas Supreme Court denied LaSalle Pipeline LP’s request to review a $605,000 jury award to a Texas landowner when jurors agreed that his entire family ranch — not simply the portion the pipeline itself traverses — would be devalued by the presence of a pipeline.  More »

Life on the shale

No one in Karnes County, Texas have grasped the implications of Conoco-Phillips’ secretive decision to drill a deep, expensive well into the mysterious formation known as the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
A beachgoer in June 2010 enjoys a morning walk in Pensacola, Fla., as crews work to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Some workers allege they were sickened by chemicals used to clean up the spill. Photo: Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle

U.S. Justice Department, states prepare offer for BP

The U.S. Justice Department and several Gulf of Mexcio states have prepared a last minute offer to BP to resolve civil claims related to the 2010 Gulf of the Mexico oil spill as a trial over the disaster nears, according to people briefed on the talks.  More »

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New pipeline to move Eagle Ford gas to Mexico

Houston-based NET Midstream on Friday announced it will build a 124-mile pipeline to transport natural gas from the Eagle Ford Shale region to the Mexican border.  More »
Trailers used as temporary housing for oil industry workers are are parked along a dirt road outside Dore, N.D. (AP Photo/ James MacPherson)

Oil boom makes employers landlords in North Dakota

Booming oil production means unemployment in Williams County, N.D. is the lowest in the nation, less than 1 percent. Halliburton Co. has built 50 single-family homes in the county seat over the last two years and is completing 44 townhouses and two apartment buildings.  More »
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Energy Sec. Chu addresses US solar power

In less than twenty years, the Energy Department hopes to help lower the cost of generating solar-powered electricity to be competitive with power generated from coal or natural gas.  More »
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Survey: Majority support focus on alternative energy

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans say the priority for addressing the nation’s energy supply should be developing alternative energy sources rather than increased production of oil, natural gas and coal.  More »
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Coast Guard documented 16 deficiencies on Arctic drillship

The drillship used to bore part of an Arctic oil well for Shell last summer lacked sufficient propulsion power, had engine problems and posed fire hazards, according to a Coast Guard inspection of the vessel last November and released on Friday.  More »
Hondo Railway worker Jarrett Persat switches a rail line as rail cars are moved in the yard. The company has seen growth with the increased business from the Eagle Ford Shale oil production in south Texas. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Rail yard planned for Eagle Ford

A 1,000-acre rail yard is in the works just south of San Antonio — part of a South Texas railroad boom that’s followed the surging oil and gas activity in the Eagle Ford Shale region.  More »
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Steffy: Perry can recharge the Public Utility Commission

It’s time to recharge the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  More »
Charlie Williams, in foreground, of the Center for Offshore Safety, listens to a presentation by Chevron executive Marc Payne during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists’ Media Institute on Energy. Also pictured are Randy Wester of FMC Technologies and moderator Simone Sebastian of the Houston Chronicle. (Nick de la Torre/Chronicle)

A safety mindset called the best defense

A panelist at a Houston energy forum said creating a safety management mindset among oil workers is the best way to make deep-water drilling safer.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Report: Flaws in EPA drilling pollution data

Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the drilling boom, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a report.  More »
Chevron oil drilling platform 230 miles off Rio de Janeiro in November 2011. (Marcia Foletto/AFP/Getty Images)

Criminal charges dropped against Chevron in Brazil

A Brazilian federal court has dismissed criminal charges filed last year against Chevron Corp., driller Transocean Ltd. and several of their executives in connection with a 2011 oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.  More »
Cosco's first LNG carrier being fitted out in Shanghai. The "Dapeng Sun" has a capacity of 147,000 cubic meters. (HerryLawford/Flickr)

U.S. approves cancellation of Calhoun LNG Texas import terminal

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Calhoun LNG’s decision not to proceed with an import terminal in Texas.  More »
The Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig operates on the Jubilee Field offshore Ghana. (Photo: Tullow Oil)

Tullow drills for Ethiopia’s first oil in Kenyan extension

Tullow Oil Plc (TLW), the U.K. explorer that found Kenya’s first crude a year ago, is about to find out whether the resources extend into neighboring Ethiopia, a nation dependent on agriculture that’s yet to discover any petroleum.  More »