Fuel Fix

Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Technology can unlock new fields, curb fears of peak oil

Technology advancements in oil and gas production will allow the industry to remain the world’s dominant energy supplier for decades and curb fears that fossil fuels are rapidly running out, a Chevron vice president said today.  More »
The new label mandated by the EPA is designed to make it clear to car owners which pumps are using 15% ethanol.

Report casts doubt on E15 use in cars & trucks

Automakers and the oil industry released a report today that casts doubt on the safety of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and shows that at least some engines running the fuel suffered damage during recent testing.  More »
This is an undated handout photo issued by Total E&P UK Ltd of Total's Elgin PUQ (Process/Utilities/Quarters)  platform. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. (AP Photo  / TOTAL E&P UK Ltd)

Total says leak on North Sea platform stopped

French energy company Total says a gas leak on a North Sea platform has been stopped after a 12-hour operation to pump heavy mud into a well.  More »
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, file)

Inhofe distances himself from aide’s comments about industry, Republicans

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe distanced himself from comments by his top aide that referred to Republicans as partners with oil and natural gas lobbyists, according a story published on TheHill.com.  More »
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

2 energy workers burned in South Texas explosion

Emergency officials say a fiery explosion at an energy company site in South Texas has left two workers with burns.  More »
Supporters of a successful effort in 2012 to renationalize Argentina's largest oil company, YPF, wave flags. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Spain’s Repsol sues Argentina over YPF takeover

Spain’s Repsol energy firm says it has sued Argentina over its takeover of the company’s majority stake in the YPF oil and gas producer.  More »
Ethanol Subsidy

Study find ethanol helped lower gasoline prices by a $1

Mixing ethanol with gasoline helped reduce the cost of gasoline by more than a $1 in 2011, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Iowa State University.  More »
Support trucks for hydraulic fracturing in the reflection of a car's side mirror outside Dimock, Pennsylvania. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov)

Taxpayers pay as fracking trucks overwhelm rural cow paths

When natural-gas drillers arrived in Wetzel County, West Virginia, resident Bill Hughes, a retired electrician, saw the benefits of producing a fuel that burns cleaner than coal. Then oversize trucks hauling drilling supplies began tearing up local roads, creating hazardous conditions.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

Texas judge: Coal permit won’t stand up in court

State environmental regulators did not follow federal guidelines when they issued an air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant on the Gulf Coast, and a Texas judge indicated the paperwork is too flawed for construction to begin.  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)

Iran seen losing 500,000 barrels of oil shipments daily

Iran’s oil exports have the potential to fall another 300,000 to 500,000 barrels a day or more when the European Union’s embargo takes effect in July, according to Barclays Plc.  More »
The liquefied natural gas tanker Inigo Tapias makes its way through Boston Harbor past downtown Boston on Jan. 24, 2004. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Korea Gas, Shell start discussions on Canada LNG project

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and three Asian partners will jointly develop a liquefied natural gas export project in Canada’s British Columbia province and are in talks with local communities to win their support.  More »
A sign near the entrance marks Petrobras America's Ship Channel refinery, operated as Pasadena Refining System Inc. (Photo: Petrobras America)

Petrobras returns unit to service at Pasadena refinery

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4)’s Pasadena, Texas, refinery’s fluid catalytic cracker is back in service after it was shut down over the weekend following a power failure.  More »
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants

Without fanfare, the nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil falls to 6-month low near $92 on US supplies

Oil prices dropped to fresh six-month lows near $92 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. crude supplies surged more than expected last week.  More »
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Alaska group to evaluate how to advance tax debate

Supporters of changes to Alaska’s oil production tax structure have called for a meeting to discuss how best to advance the debate after another legislative defeat.  More »