Fuel Fix

(Photo by Eddie Seal for Bloomberg News)

U.S. oil rig count jumps up by a dozen, the first increase in 2015

on
The amount of U.S. rigs drilling for oil increased for the first time this year after 29 consecutive weeks of declines.

U.S. oil rig count jumps up by a dozen, the first increase in 2015

on
(Photo by Eddie Seal for Bloomberg News)
The amount of U.S. rigs drilling for oil increased for the first time this year after 29 consecutive weeks of declines.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP to settle Deepwater Horizon claims for $18.7 billion

on
BP has agreed to pay a record $18.7 billion to settle the federal and state claims against it for its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, sidestepping years of litigation with a promise to pour funds for nearly two decades into efforts to repair vast environmental damage in the Gulf region.
Categories: featured, Gulf oil spill

    Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, pauses with a cup of coffee while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Shale drillers’ safety net is vanishing

    on
    SandRidge, the Oklahoma City-based producer, had about 90 percent of its oil and natural gas liquids output hedged in early 2015, according to a regulatory filing. Next year, the hedges cover less than a third.
    Categories: featured, Shale
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, demonstrate on the campus of Binghamton University hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about affordable college education during a town hall meeting, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Vestal, N.Y. Obama is on a the second day of his two-day bus tour in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending seven-year review

on
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (Getty Images)

European regulators approve Siemens’ $6.6 billion acquisition of Dresser-Rand

on
After a four-month probe, European antitrust regulators on Monday gave Siemens AG the nod to make its $6.6 billion play for Dresser-Rand, a Houston company that makes turbo compressors, turbines, valves and other components for the U.S. oil and gas industry.

Chenieretour

Cheniere to take on $5.8 billion in debt to pave way for Sabine Pass construction

on
The Houston-based LNG company announced Monday that it’s working with 18 financial institutions to arrange the financing, including $4.6 billion of credit and a $1.2 billion revolving credit facility.
Categories: LNG
In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Supreme court rejects BP, Anadarko appeals over Gulf oil spill fines

on
A federal appeals court last year upheld Barbier’s conclusion about BP’s and Anadarko’s liability under the Clean Water Act. The offshore explosion released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf, the largest spill in U.S. history.
Categories: Gulf oil spill
Workers remove the drill pipe on the drilling floor of Development Driller III, which drilled the relief well and pumped the cement to seal the Macondo well, the source of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, in the Gulf Of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Greek crisis, Iran talks weigh on crude prices

on
Oil prices tumbled Monday as Greek banks shut down ahead of the country’s deadline to avoid a sovereign debt default that could slam European financial markets.
Categories: Crude oil, Deals
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Supreme Court rules against EPA power plant mercury limits

on
The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.
Categories: Electricity, Environment
Pemex Refinery in the Hidalgo State in Mexico

Pair of companies to build 700,000-barrel crude oil storage near Houston

on
The two companies said they will build about 700,000 barrels of new crude oil storage and a pipeline near Seabrook, Texas, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.