Fuel Fix

A man walks back to his temporary housing unit outside of Willisburg, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as "man camps, " now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

ND oil patch cities getting housing funds

Dickinson and three other cities are getting money for affordable housing for law officers and others.  More »
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Chesapeake shuns gas, shrinks rig count

Chesapeake Energy Corp., which calls itself America’s Champion of Natural Gas, said Tuesday it is basically giving up on gas drilling this year because it is not attractive to pursue new reserves of the resource.  More »
The South Texas Project nuclear power plant near Bay City can generate 2,700 megawatts of electricity.(John Davenport / San Antonio Express-News)

NRC halts final decisions on licensing nuclear reactors

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to halt final decisions on granting new and renewed licenses for reactors nationwide following a June court ruling that said the agency first must assess the environmental risks of storing radioactive waste.  More »
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Oil rises above $94 for first time since May

Traders waited to see if a tropical storm could affect some of Mexico’s crude production.  More »

Experts say Chevron refinery fire could impact gas prices

A major fire at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries that sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.  More »
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Oil patch lawmakers implore DOE to fast-track LNG exports

Nearly four dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers from oil patch states today implored the Obama administration to swiftly approve plans to export liquefied natural gas.  More »
The city' s new wireless water meters are installed inside the city' s sidewalks, hidden under a small lid. About half of S.F.' s water meters have been replaced.  (Paul Chinn, San Francisco Chronicle)

Love smart meters? You’ll like electric water meters more

As Texas endures drought conditions, utility companies are installing new high-tech water meters meant to save water and cut costs.  More »
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Disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastewater biggest possible contaminator

Current wastewater disposal methods for water used in hydraulic fracturing could put nearby drinking water in the Marcellus Shale at risk, according to a study issued on Tuesday.  More »
Toyota Motor Corp.'s new Prius C concept hybrid car sits on stage following its unveiling at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. The 2011 Detroit auto show runs through Jan. 23 and will feature 30-40 new vehicle premieres. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg)

Study finds cars may need dual power source to cut emissions

While internal combustion engines will dominate U.S. roads for decades, government funding should help develop other nascent transportation fuels, the National Petroleum Council advises in its most recent report.  More »
With federal inspectors watching, Shell deploys its Arctic well capping stack in the Puget Sound. (Photo: Shell Oil Co.)

Shell: Oil spill barge close to beginning Arctic journey

The newly renovated barge that Shell is counting on to help clean up any oil spill in Arctic waters may soon be ready to set sail from a Washington state shipyard.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell adds acquisition firepower as cash flow cuts debt

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is building the firepower to make acquisitions as record cash flow cuts debt to the lowest level in three years.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Gas industry advertising shifts toward issues

Black-and-white images show steelworkers inside a mill. They walk outside and hand a short section of pipe to a natural gas crew, shown in full color.  More »