Fuel Fix

An oil tanker is docked at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif.

Houston fills with crude oil that can’t be shipped out

Houston and the rest of the U.S. Gulf Coast have more crude oil than the region can handle. Storage tanks are filling as new pipelines carry light, sweet oil found in shale formations to the coast and U.S. law keeps companies from moving it out.  More »
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

Crude displacing other commodities on trains, critics charge

The industry’s critics charge that their shipments are taking a back seat to crude oil.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil slips on weak China trade data, US supply rise

The price of oil edged slightly lower from a five-week high Thursday after China reported weak monthly trade data and U.S. crude supplies rose substantially last week.  More »
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A crewman directs a pipe for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. The northern leg has not yet received approval from the Obama administration. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Democratic senators press Obama on deadline for Keystone decision

Eleven senators sent a letter to the White House Thursday calling for President Obama to set a May 31 deadline for the long-awaited decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
A hill overlooking Lake Huechulaufquen in Neuquén province, Patagonia, Argentina.

Chevron inks $1.6B joint venture for shale in Argentina

Chevron will spend more than $1.6 billion to develop shale resources in Argentina with state-owned oil company YPF S.A., as the South American country leaps past China to become the most active foreign shale-well driller this year.  More »
Chevron CEO John S. Watson delivers a keynote address during the American Association of Blacks in Energy National Conference in Houston in April 2014. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Chevron CEO urges more diversity in energy employment

Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson said the energy industry needs to do more to increase the diversity of its workforce and urged improved efforts to promote science and math education among minority students.  More »
(Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Regulator: Many companies holding back info in safety audits

In the safety audits, several offshore oil and gas operators were too reluctant to give information, likely because they believed that “too much honesty might spark increased scrutiny from the regulators,” a top regulator said in Houston Thursday.  More »
The Arctic ice cap floats above vast deposits of oil and gas while sustaining along its perimeter one of the most biologically productive ecosystems on earth, supporting polar bears, walruses, commercially important fisheries and huge populations of migratory birds. (MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images)

Polar politics threaten Norway’s deepest drive in Arctic

The Norwegian government, seeking to sustain oil revenues that have fueled the country’s prosperity, has floated plans to let drillers push closer than ever to the ice cap — only to run into the strongest opposition yet.  More »
An offshore oil platform and wells are silhouetted by the setting sun in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, U.S. (Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Offshore safety problems linger despite new efforts, Coast Guard admiral says

Despite mandatory offshore safety codes, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to find dozens of problems on deep-water drilling rigs and other vessels, even after oil companies have complied with rules for years and have anticipated inspections for months, a federal regulator said Thursday in Houston.  More »
A gas station stands near the headquarters of OAO Gazprom in Moscow. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Putin expected to sign China gas deal as crisis forces hand

Vladimir Putin is more likely to sign a 30-year deal to supply pipeline gas to China next month after more than a decade of false starts because the crisis in Ukraine is forcingRussia to look for markets outside Europe.  More »
A visitor to a Toyota exhibition hall examines a 2010 Prius hybrid. (AP file photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.  More »
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Judge allows Ohio fracking lawsuit to proceed

A couple who sued to try to stop gas drilling around a state-owned lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory in court.  More »
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