Fuel Fix

Fire crews sprayed water on the blazing remnants of BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP file)

Deckhands go it alone in BP case

Many fishing boat deckhands who lost months of work when the 2010 oil spill cut into the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood bounty have decided to fare for themselves rather than accept a legal settlement they say won’t cover their damages.  More »
A view of the facility at Shell's Ursa project in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell is the operator on the project, but working partners include BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips. (Photo: Shell)

Shell’s Ursa makes waves in offshore industry

When the Guinness Book of Records was looking for the tallest structure in the world in 2009, it selected Shell’s Ursa platform, located about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Ailing Calif nuke plant faces questions on restart

Federal regulators pressed the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant for more analysis on its damaged steam generators, as the government considers when, or if, one of the seaside reactors can be restarted safely.  More »
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Drivers fill up at an Exxon Mobil gasoline station. (Eric Thayer / 2008 Getty Images)

Exxon to Sempra can export half of U.S. home gas supply

Natural gas suppliers from Sempra Energy (SRE) to Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) are fighting for the first U.S. export permits after a study said selling some of the fuel to Asia will benefit the economy more than consuming it domestically.  More »
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Biodiesel makers join ‘fight’ for diesel over natural gas

The National Biodiesel Board has joined forces with a diesel group to battle for the fuel’s reputation in Washington and beyond in the face of growing support for natural gas.  More »
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Brent oil’s third year over $100 looms on supply risk

Brent crude is poised to trade above $100 a barrel for a third consecutive year in 2013 as tension in the Middle East threatens to disrupt supply and global demand is buoyed by Chinese imports.  More »
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

Tokyo Electric sued by U.S. sailors exposed to radiation

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), owner of the power plant which had the world’s biggest nuclear disaster since 1986, was sued by eight U.S. sailors claiming they were exposed to radiation and the utility lied about the dangers.  More »
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Judge keeps environmental groups out of coal fight

A federal judge won’t let environmental groups join the legal battle between North Dakota and Minnesota over coal power plants.  More »
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Churches work to reduce carbon footprint

Local churches are cutting down their carbon footprint as part of a statewide initiative to promote “a faith response to climate change.”  More »
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ConocoPhillips eyes unconventional oil and gas in China

Houston-based exploration and production company ConocoPhillips is looking into unconventional oil and gas development in China.  More »
President Barack Obama looks to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as he announces Kerry's nomination for the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

At State, Kerry could push climate change action

Obama’s pick to be the new Secretary of State also could face a tough decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is in the “national interest.”  More »
Tod Benton, managing director and head of the BMO Capital Markets U.S. Energy group, left, and Bill Downe, president and CEO of BMO Financial Group. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain)

Energy prominent as BMO Capital Markets does deals

BMO Capital Markets celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Houston office this year, and although energy isn’t the company’s only business, it remains key.  More »