Fuel Fix


Tesoro will buy BP’s Los Angeles-area refinery for $2.5 billion

BP is selling its Carson, Calif. refinery to San Antonio-based Tesoro for $2.5 billion, as part of BP’s strategy to focus on its refineries in the norther United States.  More »
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)

Investigators wait on OK to enter Calif. refinery

Investigators looking into the cause of an oil refinery fire at Chevron’s Richmond facility are waiting for structural engineers to determine if it’s safe to enter the unit.  More »
A roustabout washes a drilling rig at a lease near Mentone. Many companies keep "Hiring" signs up to attract help. Photo: Jerry Lara / © 2012 San Antonio Express-News

West Texas taking ‘intelligent approach’ to oil boom

Nearly 30 years ago, Texas Monthly ran a post mortem on the Texas oil industry with a cover headline reading, “So long, it was fun while it lasted,” and a forlorn James Dean figure hitchhiking out of town.  More »

Noble Energy sells 250 wells in Kansas

The wells in the transaction produce about 1,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent.  More »
Always check the complaint data when shopping for electricity at powertochoose.com. But what if you can't find it?

Opinion: Powertochoose.com needs to fix the complaint data

When shopping for power, always check the company’s complaint record. It’s just common sense, right? The Texas Public Utility Commission lists this information on the powertochoose.com website. So sorting out the bad actors from the good — and avoiding a rotten experience down the road — shouldn’t be too difficult.  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

Refinery probe focuses on corrosion

Federal investigators probing the cause of a massive Chevron oil refinery fire are focusing on possible corrosion in a decades-old pipe the company inspected late last year but did not replace.  More »

Chevron’s tense relations with Richmond

Growing up in Richmond in the 1960s, Andres Soto would watch flares from the Chevron refinery light up the night sky. Pretty cool, he remembers thinking.  More »

BP sells 2 Texas gas plants to Eagle Rock Energy

Oil company BP is selling two gas processing plants in Texas to Eagle Rock Energy Partners.  More »
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Alaska governor asks Salazar to expedite point Thomson decision

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to help expedite an Army Corps of Engineers decision on permits to develop the state’s Point Thomson oil and gas field after it was delayed.  More »
A deep-water drilling rig works in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jin Liangkuai)

China politics, oil needs risk conflict in S. China Sea

In asserting its claims to the tiny islands, rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, China points to records of its ancient mariners. Today, those waters are far more important to China than in the age of the sail.  More »
(Photo: Patricia Santos, Associated Press)

Petrobras output drops on Chevron field loss

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the world’s worst-performing major oil company this year, is heading for its first annual output drop since 2004 as offshore discoveries fail to counter declines at aging fields.  More »
With huge petroleum storage tanks in the background, Jessica Valenti of Toms River N.J., drags a seining net through the surf of the Raritan Bay in South Amboy, N.J. Valenti is volunteering with a program by the American Littoral Society to document animal, fish and plant life along New Jersey's waterways to develop a database of what was there before any catastrophic oil or gasoline spill that might occur. The database would help with before and after comparisons, which might help calculate damages against the parties responsible for the spill. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Before a spill, group documents marine life in NJ

In the distance loomed the huge metal tanks storing oil and gasoline near the water’s edge.  More »