Fuel Fix

A production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

Malware offshore: Danger lurks where the chips fail

In the same year that a massive explosion and oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico, a digital disaster played out halfway around the world. A rig was overwhelmed by malicious computer software, an infection that could have caused the blowout preventer and other systems to be unresponsive, possibly leading to a well blowout.  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)

Republicans back renewable energy tax benefit bill

Renewable energy developers may win some tax benefits from Congress that only oil and gas companies can enjoy right now, under a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last week.  More »
A crewman directs a pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Variety of groups lobby for Keystone XL

Almost 50 groups representing everything from oil companies to American Jews have stepped up their Washington spending as the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline proves to be a bonanza for lobbyists.  More »
Bill Cooper, president
of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

Guest Commentary: It’s time to export US natural gas

In response to arguments that exporting U.S. natural gas will hurt manufacturing, Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, argues that economic studies on the subject show that exports will have minimal effect on the commodity’s domestic price.  More »

Chevron resumes operations in unit closed by fire

Chevron has resumed operations in a unit at its Bay Area refinery that was shut down after a massive fire last year.  More »
(Photo: Vectorportal/Flickr)

Worker gets prison for damaging Pa. gas pipeline

A former construction worker has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for purposefully damaging a natural gas pipeline in central Pennsylvania.  More »
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

Anti-radiation pills available in 13 South Carolina counties

Pills that would protect against radiation in the case of a nuclear accident will be available for residents living near any of South Carolina’s five nuclear plants.  More »
A worker uses a headset and microphone to communicate with coworkers over the din of pump trucks, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by the Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EPA lowered estimates of methane leaks during natural gas production

The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists: Does the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing help or hurt the fight against climate change?  More »
(Tim Monzingo/The Beaumont Enterprise)

Worker injured in Beaumont refinery fire dies

An official with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston on Sunday confirmed the death of Dustin Creekmore.  More »
Steve Pastor, who heads Eagle Ford operations for Houston-based BHP Billiton Petroleum, talks with a job candidate at an April 4 job fair in Kenedy. The company has been holding job fairs across South Texas and expects to hire 85 people by the end of June, and another 85 over the following 12 months. Photo courtesy BHP Billiton Petroleum. (BHP Billiton Petroleum)

Regional Eagle Ford job fairs attracting big crowds

South Texas officials have fretted that the abundance of newly available oil field jobs wouldn’t go to local residents, and that companies would have to “import” workers from other parts of the state and U.S.  More »
Mesquite wood chips are shown in a truck loaded about 40 miles from Corpus Christi. 

Europe finds energy source in South Texas mesquite

A Czech Republic company says it has found an abundant, long-term source of energy in South Texas to help European utilities produce electricity. But it has nothing to do with the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Bill would force feds to sell drilling leases off Virginia coast

The Obama administration would be forced to sell offshore drilling leases off the coast of Virginia under a bill introduced in the House on Friday.  More »
A crewman directs a pipe for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. The northern leg has not yet received approval from the Obama administration. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

TransCanada says Keystone XL to be delayed

The chief executive of TransCanada Corp. said Friday the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will be in service months later than expected and cost more as it continues to await U.S. government approval.  More »
Chevron employees board a helicopter on the Tahiti production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, a 90 minute ride from New Orleans. (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

CDC: Death by helicopter leading killer for oil and gas workers

Death by helicopter is the leading cause of industrial accidents for oil and gas workers, according to a Center for Disease Control report issued Friday.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron profit down 4.5 pct. on lower oil prices

Chevron Corp.’s net income fell 4.5 percent in the first quarter as oil prices fell and refinery output fell.  More »