Fuel Fix

Workers tend to a wellhead during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

How fracking transforms fortunes, land

Three hours west of Denver, across the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains begin the long transition into high desert plateaus.  More »
People walk by a Shell fueling station in Jijiga, Ethiopia. (guuleed/Flickr)

Ethiopian oil plays could contain billions of barrels, but challenges abound

A study indicates that two new basins in Ethiopia could contain more than two billion barrels of oil. But getting at that oil wealth means overcoming colossal hurdles. Ethiopia has no pipelines and major investors are scarce.  More »
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown during a recent interview, told lawmakers on Thursday that his successor will unveil new oil and gas drilling rules soon after taking office.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

New federal fracturing rule due any day

Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he expects his successor to reveal new rules for oil and gas drilling soon after she takes over the job.  More »
The sun sets behind a group of pump jacks June 1, 2011, outside of Midland, Texas. (Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Midland counts on 53-story tower as oil again buoys Texas

When clients in Midland, Texas, complained that they couldn’t find office space, hotel rooms or banquet halls, hedge fund co-founder Joseph Jacobs saw a big opportunity.  More »
(Photo: Woodside Petroleum)

Woodside shelves $47 billion Australian LNG plant

Woodside Petroleum’s chief executive said he is confident that a major gas field off the northwest Australian coast will be exploited despite the energy company on Friday shelving plans for a 45 billion Australian dollar ($47 billion) plant to process the gas for export.  More »
A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Alaska House committee advances oil tax proposal

With days left in the legislative session, the House Finance Committee advanced its version of the oil tax overhaul late Thursday, amid concerns from some members that there were too many unknowns.  More »
A Keystone XL pipeline protester demonstrates outside of the White House on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

Activists protest Valero’s support of Keystone XL pipeline

A coalition of activist groups protested Valero Energy Corp.’s support of the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, saying the pipeline’s completion would contribute to environmental degradation along its route and at Valero refineries.  More »
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swears in  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, while Solicitor Hilary Tompkins watches. (Tami A. Heilemann/Department of Interior, Office of Communications)

New interior secretary takes office

Sally Jewell was sworn in as interior secretary on Friday, making her the 51st person — and only the second woman — to hold the job.  More »

Shell has bigger plans for Houma-to-Houston pipeline

Shell Pipeline has planned additional capacity for its fully reversed Houma-to-Houston pipeline system and is starting another open season for potential customers, the company announced Friday.  More »
Jim Noe

Guest Commentary: An energy vision for Interior Secretary Jewell

Jim Noe, executive vice president of Houston-based Hercules Offshore, hopes that under the new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the federal agency will focus on increasing U.S. energy output by creating a more clear and dependable business environment that attracts investment Gulf of Mexico exploration.  More »
(John Picken/Flickr)

Houston to launch energy-focused high school

The Houston school board has voted to create a new magnet high schools specializing in energy, in partnership with the Independent Petroleum Institute of America.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron drops Colorado firm from fraud lawsuit

Chevron Corp. has agreed to drop a Colorado consulting firm and two of the firm’s employees from a fraud and racketeering lawsuit.  More »