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Curtis Burton faces a takeover fight for the company he founded in 2006. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

Curtis Burton takes Buccaneer Energy into Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Buccaneer hunts properties that bigger companies no longer want but which still have unexploited reserves. The past three years haven’t been easy, but founder Curtis Burton insists he is happy with the results.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Feds again delay San Onofre nuke restart decision

Federal regulators have indefinitely delayed a decision on the proposed restart of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, raising new questions Monday about whether the twin reactors will produce electricity again.  More »

Alaska pushes to study Arctic refuge oil amid US reluctance

By Mark Drajem Bloomberg News Alaska’s government proposed investing its own cash in an assessment of oil reserves in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, seeking to prod the federal government to consider drilling in the protected area. With the Interior Department working on a management plan for the area, Republican Governor Sean Parnell’s administration […]  More »
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David Holt, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance

Guest Commentary: Maximizing opportunity in US energy development

David Holt, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, notes that the oil and gas industry is facing an immediate and serious dearth of skilled workers. He says expanding math and science education in higher education is only part of the equation. We must capture a student’s interest in energy and the sciences at a younger age.  More »
Cellulosic ethanol is made from switchgrass and other nonfood products. (AP Photo/Noble Foundation)

Ethanol production stagnates as biofuel mandates grow

While the production of tight oil and natural gas in the United States has soared in the last two year, ethanol producers are only making slightly more of the biofuel than at the beginning of 2012, according to an annual ethanol study released Monday morning.  More »
A deal signed in May 2013 between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International would add a liquefied natural gas export terminal to the existing Golden Pass import terminal in the Port Arthur community of Sabine Pass.

Report: Abundant natural gas means no big price increases

The United States has more than enough natural gas to meet the needs of domestic customers and simultaneously sell the fossil fuel overseas without causing big price increases, according to a report issued Monday. Inside U.S. borders, demand for natural gas is expected to be driven by power utilities, the conversion of heavy-duty vehicle fleets and the industrial sector, as manufacturers transform the fossil fuel into other products.  More »
A Cabot Oil & Gas wellhead in Dimock, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cabot Oil & Gas uses natural gas to power fracturing

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. says it has begun using natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale to fracture wells there, displacing up to 70 percent of the diesel fuel used to operate fracturing equipment.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake names Anadarko executive as new CEO

Chesapeake Energy has named Anadarko Petroleum executive Robert Douglas Lawler as its new CEO.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Paper: Drilling damage in 161 Pa. water supplies

Oil and gas development damaged the water supplies of at least 161 Pennsylvania homes, farms, churches and businesses between 2008 and the fall of 2012, according to state records obtained by a newspaper.  More »
(File Photo by James Nielsen/Getty Images)

Enron no lesson to traders as EU probes oil-price manipulation

Enron Corp.’s 2001 collapse revealed the extent of its manipulation of spot gas prices. Twelve years later, European Union regulators may discover energy traders never learned the lessons of the scandal.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

In areas, little impact from gas drilling fees

Municipalities have started spending some of the proceeds from the state’s impact fee on natural gas drillers.  More »
Humberto Americano Romanus, a senior engineer with Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras, oversees the ramp up of production at a giant deep water field known as Tupi from the Cidade de Angra Dos Reis, a massive production vessel anchored nearly 200 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Brett Clanton/Houston Chronicle)

Petrobras said to struggle pumping oil at Brazil’s largest prospect

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR) is finding it hard to pump oil at one of Brazil’s largest prospects, three people with knowledge of the project said, signaling its venture with BG Group Plc (BG/) and Galp Energia SGPS SA may have higher costs or slower development than at other offshore fields.  More »

U.S. gasoline jumps over past two weeks

The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps rose 11.19 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.6566 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.  More »
(AP Photo/Xinhua, Liang Xiaopeng, File)

Dallas suburb solar panel fight exposes problems

A legal battle between a suburban Dallas neighborhood association and a homeowner seeking to install solar panels on his house exposed problems with a 2011 Texas law.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Owner of fuel pipeline planning Ark. changes

The owner of a pipeline that supplies diesel and jet fuel to three locations in Arkansas – El Dorado, North Little Rock and Jonesboro – has notified a federal agency that it plans to make changes in the pipeline.  More »