Fuel Fix

A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Scalia ruling for BP could grant 6-month freeze on oil spill payouts

A favorable ruling from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could buy BP at least another six months to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in disputed oil spill payments to businesses claiming damages from the 2010 disaster, legal experts said Thursday.  More »
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Oil producers make crude export pitch

The oil industry stepped up its campaign to export crude on Thursday, releasing a report tying the foreign sales to new jobs nationwide. But convincing motorists that selling oil overseas will lead to lower gasoline prices inside the U.S. may be a tougher political sell.  More »
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Oil back above $103 ahead on supply drop

Internationally, prices were still supported by the crisis in eastern Ukraine.  More »
The Energy Department still is reviewing an application by Exxon Mobil Corp. and partners  to build a natural gas export facility at the existing Golden Pass export terminal Port Arthur. (Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

Feds upend natural gas export reviews

Responding to criticism from energy companies and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Energy Department on Thursday proposed dramatically changing the way it is reviewing proposals to widely export natural gas. The plan would effectively move more commercially advanced projects to the front of the line.  More »
Operating engineer Michael Burden prepares to move a cut of coal hoppers for unloading at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Chamber study predicts Obama climate rule will kill jobs

The nation’s biggest business lobby says President Barack Obama’s plan to tackle climate change could cost the U.S. economy $50 billion a year. Supporters predict it will create jobs and lower power bills.  More »
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US net gas imports drop as production hits record volume

U.S. net imports of natural gas fell 14 percent in 2013, according to a new federal report, as preliminary data showed domestic production of dry gas hit a record high.  More »
A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

Fracking sucks money from wind while China eclipses US

U.S. President Barack Obama says natural gas can be a bridge from coal to a cleaner energy future. Investors are showing it’s more likely a bridge to nowhere.  More »
Nathen George removes pipes from a frac tree at a well on a ranch southwest of Ben Bolt, Texas in 2013.

NC House gives initial approval to gas fracking

North Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a measure that would allow fracking for natural gas to begin in the state next year.  More »
Oil pumps and equipment in the South Belridge oil field in Kern County, Calif. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

California lawmakers vote on fracking ban, oil train safety

The state Senate is moving to prepare for accidental spills and explosions as more oil is shipped into California by rail.  More »
Congressman Gene Green (foreground). ( John Jiles / Chronicle )

Lawmaker from Houston criticizes process for border-crossing energy projects

With North American energy markets becoming increasingly intertwined, the U.S. needs to revamp the way it scrutinizes power lines and pipelines crossing into Canada and Mexico, Rep. Gene Green said Thursday.  More »
President Barack Obama speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington in June 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House report touts success of energy policy as EPA rules loom

In a 42-page report to be released Thursday, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.  More »
Oil Barrels

Report: Exporting US oil would be economic boon

A new report says the U.S. would benefit from lifting a nearly four-decade-old ban on exporting domestic crude oil.  More »