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Joe Oliver, Canada's minster of natural resources, speaks at the CERAWeek 2013 energy conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Canada pitches oil sands crude as greener choice for US

Canada took its new, green pitch for Keystone XL to the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston on Wednesday, as the country’s natural resource minister branded oil sands crude the best environmental choice for the United States.  More »
An activist holds a sign during a protest in front of the Hale Boggs Federal Building on the first day of the trial earlier this year in New Orleans over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Ex-BP rig supervisor testifies at Gulf spill trial

A retired BP employee testified he never felt pressure to sacrifice safety to save money.  More »
General Motors CEO Daniel F. Akerson speaks about alternative fuels at the CERAWeek energy conference. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

GM’s Akerson calls for national energy policy

The head of General Motors called Wednesday for President Obama to create a national panel to craft a long-term energy policy, built on the nation’s newfound bounty of natural gas and tight oil.  More »

Saudi Aramco CEO Khalid Al-Falih speaks at the CERAWeek 2013 conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Biggest moments from the CERAWeek conference

View all the news-making moments from the energy event that’s bringing the biggest names in oil and gas to Houston this week.  More »
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Exxon Mobil predicts lower production this year

Exxon Mobil’s production fell 6 percent last year, but the company still earned $44.9 billion.  More »
Keryn James, Asia Pacific CEO of ERM, spakes about the community impacts of unconventional oil and gas development at the CERAWeek energy conference. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Communities insisting on inclusion in energy boom

Up to 75 percent of project delays are caused by non-technical risks, such as community opposition, far outpacing the disruption caused by technological challenges, an energy executive said at the CERAWeek conference Wednesday.  More »
Shinchi Kihara, director of Japan's trade ministry’s international affairs division, speaks about the future of global LNG. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

US shale revolution hinges on exports, execs say

The United States is uniquely positioned to harvest newly accessible natural gas reserves and sell the fossil fuel overseas — but that hinges on the Energy Department’s support for exports, executives said Wednesday.  More »
Trimac Transportation driver Robert Williams used the liquified natural gas lane to fill his truck at the Flying J truck stop on I-10 East in Baytown Thursday Aug. 23, 2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Poll: What policy would give US energy the biggest boost?

Policy issues have dominated conversations at CERAWeek. Energy industry leaders have called for a federal decision on exporting U.S. natural gas and even noted the inevitability of shipping U.S. crude overseas.  More »
Daniel Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors (AFP Getty Images)

GM CEO wants feds to back natural gas fueling stations

Daniel Akerson is all too aware of the fact that someone people will never forgive General Motors for the government bailout that kept it in business, but the automaker’s chief executive is once again calling on the government for help.  More »
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Pipeline companies to develop natural gas liquids line

Williams Cos. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP agreed to develop a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids from booming shale formations in the U.S. Northeast to customers on the Gulf Coast.  More »
In 2007, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, nationalized oil assets in the Orrinco heavy crude belt. ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips quit the country and filed arbitration claims. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Chavez death unlikely to affect U.S. refiners in short-term

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ death isn’t expected to have a short-term impact on Gulf Coast refiners, but if there is a policy shift under his successor increased production could be a welcome benefit, analysts say.  More »
Joseph Geagea, president of Chevron Gas and Mistream, speaks at CERAWeek (Johnny Hanson/The Houston Chronicle).

German oil exec: country’s clean energy dream now a ‘nightmare’

The head of Germany’s largest oil and gas producer painted a dour scenario for delegates at IHS CERAWeek on Wednesday, saying the country’s dream of clean power and fears surrounding drilling are constraining its energy supply.  More »
Shell plans to make a big move into supplying liquefied natural gas for transportation, including trains like this experimental  Canadian National Railway natural gas locomotive and fuel tank. (Canadian National Railway photo)

Pipeline CEO interested in helping natural gas for trains

In the wake of BNSF Railway’s decision test natural gas as a fuel for its locomotives, the chief executive of pipeline giant Enbridge told FuelFix on Wednesday that he would be interested in helping to provide refueling infrastructure for the trains.  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)

BP chief: Law and facts on ‘our side’ in Gulf oil spill trial

BP CEO Bob Dudley’s comments at CERAWeek suggest the company has no immediate expectations of a settlement in an ongoing trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
BP's Bob Dudley speaks at CERAWeek 2013. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

BP ready to move back to the future, CEO says

BP is keen to resume its role as one of the most intrepid exploration companies in the business, chastened by its past, BP CEO Bob Dudley told a crowded audience of top energy executives and leading minds in a Tuesday morning address at IHS CERA week.  More »