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Pipe maker moving Illinois headquarters to Houston

TMK IPSCO, the U.S. arm of Russia’s largest pipe manufacturer, will move its headquarters from Downers Grove. Ill, the company has announced  More »
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BP looks to positives in effort to sell Texas City refinery

Refineries don’t often have curb appeal, all-new kitchens, quaint charm or many of the other amenities folks use to sell houses.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Fracking hazards obscured in failure to disclose wells

Seeking to quell environmental concerns about the chemicals it shoots underground to extract oil and natural gas, Apache Corp. (APA) told shareholders in April that it disclosed information about “all the company’s U.S. hydraulic fracturing jobs” on a website last year.  More »
Firefighting crews continue to pour water onto a unit after a fire at a Chevron refinery on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Aric Crabb)

Refinery fire site too dangerous for investigators

Federal and state investigators were trying to determine how to safely enter the area where a fire broke out in a Chevron refinery last week so they can examine a failed pipe blamed for the blaze.  More »
Area residents line up outside the injury attorney offices of R. Nicholas Haney in Richmond, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, to pick up a claim form in response to the Chevron refinery fire that impacted the community. Investigators are waiting for access to the charred crude oil unit of a Chevron refinery where a fire sent a towering plume of black smoke into San Francisco Bay area skies and pushed gas prices higher along the West Coast. Hundreds of people went to hospitals with respiratory issues during the fire at the Richmond refinery that produces 16 percent of the region's daily gasoline supply. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Laura A. Oda) MANDATORY CREDIT

Chevron considered replacing pipe

Chevron officials initially deemed the pipe that failed dramatically last week, causing a major fire at its Richmond refinery, as possibly needing replacement last year but ultimately cleared it for five more years of service, The Chronicle has learned.  More »
The Noble Explorer drilled offshore in Alaska for Shell in 2012, and Shell's CEO says the company may try to return to the icy waters next summer. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Industry criticizes Obama plan for Alaska drilling

A proposal by President Barack Obama’s administration to expand drilling to about half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve drew complaints from the oil industry, which wants the entire area opened, while environmentalists applauded the plan.  More »
Photo shows the remains of 2012 Fisker Karma after a fire engulfed the vehicle last week.(Courtesy of Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor law firm)

Fisker looks into California fire involving plug-in Karma

Fisker Automotive Inc., a maker of luxury plug-in hybrid cars backed by U.S. government loans, is reviewing the cause of a California fire involving its $103,000 Karma sedan, the second such incident this year.  More »
An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Solyndra agrees to settle suit over layoffs

Bankrupt solar company Solyndra has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle accusations that it failed to properly notify employees they would losing their jobs.  More »
Union Pacific Railroad restored passenger train in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Kevin Clark, File)

Union Pacific to study low-emissions locomotives

Union Pacific said on Monday that it will spend $20 million testing low-emissions locomotives in California.  More »
Former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson arrives in Raleigh, N.C., in July to testify at the N.C. Utilities Commission. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Takaaki Iwabu)

Duke Energy CEO committed for Fla. settlement

Duke Energy’s top executive told Florida regulators Monday that he’s committed to a long-term rate settlement they approved with Progress Energy four months before the two companies’ troubled merger.  More »
A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Industry jeers administration’s plan for NPR-A oil development

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said a new plan for managing wildlife and oil production in the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska strikes a balance between conservation and energy development. But industry representatives and their allies in Congress weren’t cheering the program Monday.  More »
The Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Salazar: Shell responsible for Arctic drilling delays

Neither thick Arctic ice nor government red tape is holding back Shell’s plans to search for oil in waters north of Alaska this summer, a top Obama administration official said Monday. Instead, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters, the delays are Shell’s own making.  More »