Fuel Fix

Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, and President Barack Obama's pick to succeed Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary, leads a five-woman team to the top of Mount Rainier in this July 2010 photo.  (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Janet Jensen)

Obama Interior pick championed outdoor jobs over oil

As she stood before governors from western U.S. states last June, Sally Jewell made a pitch that was self-evident and revolutionary: Public lands are an economic boon.  More »
India Exxon Valdez

Project to archive Exxon Valdez records continues

A project to archive records related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill is continuing after the state sought to address concerns raised by a federal judge.  More »
Mark Papa, Chairman and CEO of EOG Resources (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Railway says fuel savings inspired LNG test

The nation’s largest railway decided to test out liquefied natural gas as a fuel for locomotives because the cost savings appeared too great to ignore, its CEO said Wednesday.  More »
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BP CEO Bob Dudley speaks at an energy conference in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

What BP’s Bob Dudley didn’t say

BP’s Bob Dudley told energy faithful at CERAWeek that he has a vision for a safer BP in the future. But Houston Chronicle columnist Loren Steffy notes that there’s a powerful technique in storytelling: show don’t tell.  More »
The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Motiva Port Arthur Refinery running at full capacity

The expanded Motiva Port Arthur Refinery has reached its full operating capacity of 600,000 barrels of crude processing nearly eight months after a new unit suffered internal damage, causing a major disruption in the $10 billion expansion project.  More »
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 »

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 »