Fuel Fix

White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

Chevron fire ignited by idling rig?

The Richmond refinery fire that sent more than 9,000 people to emergency rooms could have been touched off when a cloud of flammable vapor reached an idling and abandoned Chevron fire truck, investigators said Tuesday.  More »
Kenneth Peak, chairman and CEO of Contango Oil & Gas, shown in a 2009 Houston Chronicle photo

Contango CEO Kenneth Peak takes medical leave

Contango Oil & Gas director Brad Juneau will serve as acting CEO while Peak undergoes exploratory tests of a brain tumor and possible treatment.  More »
Allison MacFarlane (Official photo)

NRC’s new chair determined to examine earthquake risks

Allison MacFarlane, the new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is a geologist — the first to lead the commission. And she views that as a fortunate thing for the commission and the industry.  More »
Trucks drive south on Highway 85 near Williston, N.D., in the state's oil patch region. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)

Deadly crashes keep adding up as area sees more truck traffic

A fiery Sunday morning accident that killed a 26-year-old truck driver and injured another just south of this town is the latest reminder that the oil boom has brought more than economic prosperity to South Texas.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

Obama goes pro-coal in campaign radio ad

Mitt Romney bashed the president’s effort to win over the fossil fuel industry, saying Obama has used his years in office to wage “a war on coal.”  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Survey says voters back offshore drilling

Roughly seven out of 10 voters support changing U.S. policy to allow more oil and natural gas development along the nation’s coastline, according to a new Harris Interactive poll released today.  More »
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Report sees a wallop to wind power if tax credit ends

Wind energy is giving a boost to the economy, but will falter if Congress doesn’t renew a tax credit set to expire this year, the Energy Department says.  More »
A mutated adult pale grass blue (Zizeeria maha) butterfly from Fukushima. (Photo: Handout)

Mutated butterflies found near Fukushima

Researchers found dozens of mutated butterflies near the site of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, prompting officials to say it’s the first sign of damage to the local ecosystem.  More »
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Seachlights over the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Olympic Stadium’s chemically produced wrap getting recycled

Dow Chemical’s signature contribution to London’s Olympic Stadium – the “wrap” that enclosed the venue – will be taken down and recycled for use in shelters in Uganda and Brazil, the company said Monday.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

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 »