Fuel Fix

The Jones Act requires that cargo shipped between U.S. ports travels on U.S. built, owned and operated vessels. (American Maritime Partnership photo)

Decades-old laws figure in oil export debate

Refiners say a century-old rule protecting American shipping will benefit overseas refining competitors if the U.S. starts exporting crude.  More »
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OPEC decision creates “new world of oil”

The oil industry and consumers are watching crude markets after OPEC decided not to cut supplies.  More »
Memers of theOrganization of the Petroleum States meet Thursday at OPEC headquarters in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANISAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

Crude drops as OPEC stays course

Crude oil prices fell $5 a barrel Thursday as OPEC ministers meeting in Vienna decided not to cut production.  More »
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Former BG exec hopes to win big with small LNG

Former BG Group chief operating officer Martin Houston is now in start up mode, serving as founder and chairman of Parallax Energy, a new Houston-based company focused on developing mid-scale liquefied natural gas export facilities.  More »
Kinder Morgan Inc.'s 180 terminals include this one in Pasadena. (Photo: Kinder Morgan Inc.)

It’s official: Kinder Morgan’s all one company

Kinder Morgan Inc. has completed acquisition of three related companies.  More »
A worker climbs to the drilling cabin on a Nabors rig. (Nathan Lindstrom/For the Houston Chronicle)

C&J Energy starts 30-day search for alternative buyers

C&J Energy Services has hired Morgan Stanley investment bankers to launch its court-ordered effort to solicit offers to potential buyers of the company, the Houston oil field service firm said Wednesday.  More »
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Deepwater Horizon damages paid with almost no error, audit shows

The Deepwater Horizon claims office that BP has painted as the source of hundreds of millions in unjust and fictitious payments actually has dispersed damage awards with a 99.5 percent accuracy rate, according to an audit released in court papers Tuesday.  More »
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Oil falls again on eve of OPEC meeting

West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell 40 cents to close at $73.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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EPA raises environmental concerns about Corpus Christi LNG

The Environmental Protection Agency said it still has concerns about the impacts Corpus Christi LNG will have on minority neighborhoods and greenhouse gas emissions.  More »
Environmental activists gather outside the White House as they continue a civil disobedience campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TransCanada drops PR firm that recommended controversial tactics

Edelman plan calls for the company to pressure its opponents by “distracting them from their mission and causing them to redirect their resources,”  More »
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What OPEC’s Thanksgiving meeting means for U.S. producers

The group will decide Thursday whether to maintain its current production quota of 30 million barrels of oil per day or reduce that figure in an effort to boost crude oil prices.  More »
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OPEC timeline: War, terror punctuate annual Vienna meetings

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has had a tumultuous 54-year history.  More »
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10 things to know about OPEC’s big meeting on Thursday

The cartel’s meeting on Thursday could be one of the most consequential in years for the oil and gas industry and global politics.  More »
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Freeport LNG secures financing, clears way for construction

Crews are expected to begin work this week on the Brazoria County natural gas export terminal now that Freeport LNG has successfully closed on its financing commitments for two of three liquefaction trains.  More »
A tall steel tower on board the Cidade de Angra Dos Reis flares natural gas extracted from Petrobras’ Tupi field. (Houston Chronicle)

United States’ SEC subpoenas Brazil’s Petrobras

The subpoena is the latest chapter in a saga about the corruption scandal at Petrobras.  More »