Fuel Fix

In this photo taken July, 2009, an unidentified ADM employee secures a tanker truck loaded up with ethanol at the Archer Daniels Midland Company plant in Decatur, Ill. While a Senate vote to end a tax credit that's helped build the ethanol industry in the United States signals that the subsidy's days may be numbered, corn farmers and ethanol makers hope they can convince Congress to compromise and agree to preserve but reduce subsidies. But agricultural economists say the ethanol industry has grown up over the last few years and doesn't need the help, and they doubt farmers or their customers in the ethanol industry would be hurt much if the subsidy dies. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Lawmakers tackle obstacles to new ethanol blend

The federal government has given filling stations the green light to sell gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, but that doesn’t mean motorists can count on buying the blend anytime soon.  More »

Oil recovery in southeast Mont. slated for 2013

A Texas company said Wednesday it is planning to revive production in a 45-year-old southeastern Montana oil field by pumping carbon dioxide deep underground to free up an estimated 30 million barrels of trapped crude.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania high court takes appeal on Marcellus gas rights

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a dispute over Marcellus Shale natural-gas rights that could affect thousands of drilling leases in the state.  More »

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BP pursues Namibia crude amid no known discovery of oil

BP Plc (BP/)’s push into Namibian oil makes it the only major producer expanding in the West African nation, where commercial crude deposits have never been found and the sole gas field has sat idle since its discovery in 1974.  More »

ONGC to study Conoco’s U.S. shale assets as it seeks deal

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), India’s biggest energy explorer, will soon study investing in ConocoPhillips’s U.S. shale-gas assets and expects to strike a substantial deal, Chairman Sudhir Vasudeva said.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Devon raises spending, may seek partner for Cline Field

Devon Energy Corp. (DVN), the third- largest U.S. independent oil and natural-gas producer, raised planned exploration and production spending 18 percent to as much as $6.5 billion this year, including projects in which it may sell a stake.  More »
Drivers test out the Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show (AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Electric vehicle demand recharged by gas prices

Just when it looked like electric cars were running out of juice, the return of $4 a gallon gasoline is generating new life for battery-powered vehicles.  More »
Earns Chrysler

Gas mileage top factor in Ram pickup revamp

With gasoline around $4 in much of the nation, fuel economy has never been more important to pickup truck buyers. That’s why engineers who worked on revamping Chrysler’s Ram put it at the forefront of their work.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Future of proposed oil patch facilities uncertain

Opponents of an Oklahoma company’s plans to build an oil waste facility near the southwest North Dakota town of Belfield have submitted petitions asking Stark County officials to reconsider approval.  More »
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

Japan nuke plant leaks radioactive water again

The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear plant says tons of highly radioactive water appears to have leaked into the ocean from a purification unit.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Oil rises above $102 in Asia after sell-off

Oil prices rose above $102 a barrel Thursday in Asia, rebounding from a two-day sell-off fueled by a jump in U.S. crude supplies and speculation the Federal Reserve won’t implement another round of monetary stimulus to boost economic growth.  More »

Exxon Mobil must allow vote on fracturing disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission has turned down a request from Exxon Mobil Corp. to omit a resolution on hydraulic fracturing disclosures from its proxy statement, opening the door for a vote on the proposal at the company’s annual shareholder meeting May 30. “We are unable to concur in your view that Exxon Mobil may […]  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil drops below $102 on big U.S. supply increase

The decline coincided with a sell-off in U.S. stock markets.  More »
( Kevin Fujii / Chronicle )

Decision expected on pipeline changes

The state could decide this week whether to give TransCanada Corp. permission to shift its attention to a liquefied natural gas project, capable of overseas exports.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko, Cove to explore in Mozambique after gas find

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) and Cove Energy Plc (COV) will turn their attention to the northern waters of Mozambique after finding as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of gas off the coast of the East African nation to date.  More »