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Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Oil is up, but a declining trend could curb shale rush

Although oil prices jumped today after an encouraging European policy decision, a recent trend of declining oil prices could put a damper on rapid shale drilling in the United States, according to analysis from Simmons & Company International.  More »
Neelam Singh and Charudatta Galande work on the battery in their lab. (Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

Spray-on batteries could be a reality in the future

As Apple and other tech designers seek sleeker and ever-more powerful batteries to power laptops and devices, they’re pushing engineers to create unconventional, more space-efficient batteries.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Ackman like Buffett buoyed by fracking in Bakken

Bill Ackman, the largest investor in Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP), is following Warren Buffett in profiting from growing oil and gas production in North America’s Bakken shale.  More »
Tugboats pull an LNG tanker to Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass terminal in 2008. (Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Cheniere plans to complete $4 billion in LNG terminal financing

Cheniere Energy Inc., the first company to win approval to export natural gas from the continental U.S., plans to complete as much as $4 billion in financing for the project in the next few days.  More »
Honda Fit EV. (Photo: Honda)

Honda tries to boost electric car sales with free insurance

Honda is trying a different method to attract buyers to electric cars by offering free insurance to anyone who purchases a car.  More »
(Photo: Jari Salomaa)

Gas prices could offer drivers road map to summer vacations

The Fourth of July holiday is quickly approaching, meaning millions of Americans will be jumping in a car en route to a beach or some where else.  More »
Commercial oil tanker AbQaiq readies itself to receive oil at Mina-Al-Bkar Oil terminal (MABOT), an off shore Iraqi oil installation.(U.S. Navy)

Federal energy data chief says crude exports would boost economy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects domestic crude oil production will grow by as much as 1.6 million barrels per day by 2035.  More »
Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings head for the Gulf of Mexico after they were released next to the Padre Island National Seashore, Malaquite Visitor Center, Thursday in Corpus Christi. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Scientists researching effect of oil spill on endangered turtles

Ninety-four tiny members of the world’s most endangered sea turtle species struggled across the beach to reach the Gulf of Mexico Thursday as park rangers waved away seagulls looking for a quick meal.  More »
Oil pumps work at sunset Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

China, Singapore exempted from U.S. Iran oil sanctions

The U.S. said China and Singapore have “significantly reduced” their purchases of Iranian oil, earning exemptions from U.S. financial sanctions that otherwise would have been imposed yesterday.  More »
(Photo: Brian Snelson)

Venezuelan oil company to drill off Cuba

Venezuela’s national oil company will join in exploratory drilling for crude in deep waters off Cuba, the company’s president said.  More »
The BMW Z4 sDrive28i will be the first BMW powered by the firm's Twin Power turbocharged four-cylinder engine and has a base price of $48,650. (Photo: Mark Elias/Bloomberg)

BMW extends Toyota cooperation to fuel cells, sports cars

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) will cooperate on developing fuel cells to power and designing components for a future sports car as the automakers expand on their joint work to produce next-generation car batteries.  More »
Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, England bringing a halt to work at the Cuadrilla Resources site Wednesday  Nov. 2 , 2011.  Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in northwestern England, said Wednesday that independent experts concluded that the tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations, and were unlikely to happen again. The company said local geology would limit any future seismic events to around magnitude 3 on the Richter scale. The tremor on April 1 measured 2.3 on the Richter scale.  Local campaigners have mounted a "Frack Off" campaign to oppose the drilling technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.  (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

Fracking can be undertaken safely in U.K., Royal Society says

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, to exploit shale gas reserves can be carried out safely in the U.K. if it’s effectively regulated, according to the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.  More »