Fuel Fix

Engineers work on a model of the Mars rover Curiosity at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars the night of Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

How to power Curiosity from a planet away

Instead of solar panels, a nuclear generator will help power Curiosity on its exploration of Mars.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Growth in natural gas supply brings benefits and risks to pipelines

Low natural gas prices and the growth in its supply has been a boon for pipeline companies, according to a recent Moody’s investor report.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

UT fracturing report feeds debate in Eastern Europe

A criticized University of Texas report on hydraulic fracturing is being used by Eastern Europe politicians as they debate whether to allow the controversial process, according to the Austin-Americans Statesman.  More »
The new label mandated by the EPA is designed to make it clear to car owners which pumps are using 15% ethanol.

E15 fuel’s value might still up for debate

Drivers will soon get the debate whether the cost-savings of E15 fuel is worth the lower fuel economy.  More »
A photograph from the archives of the London Museum shows devastation from the explosion on March 18, 1937, that killed roughly 300 students and teachers. A shop teacher inadvertently detonated a pocket of natural gas that had collected under the school. 75 years later, the explosion remains the deadliest school disaster in history.

Former East Texas oil town getting new refinery

New London students had everything they needed and more.  More »
Seadrill's West Sirius semi-submersible rig (Seadrill)

New roles emerge for partnership structure

Master limited partnerships in the energy sphere aren’t just for pipeline companies anymore.  More »
Stefan Siegel, president and chief technology officer of Atargis Energy Corporation, talks about the 1:10 scale model of a cycloidal wave energy converter that the company is testing in the wave basin at Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center Monday, July 16, 2012, in College Station. Hydrofoil blades on the underwater device rotate to extract energy from waves. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Scientists seek next wave in power generation

Aerospace engineers are working to make ocean wave energy the nation’s newest source of green power by applying the physics of wind turbines to the sea.  More »
(AP file photo/John McConnico)

Greenland melt spawns iceberg threat in search for offshore oil

Oil companies off Greenland’s shores may be basing risk assessments on outdated information as icebergs splinter the island’s coastline at an ever faster pace, scientists and environmentalists said.  More »
The Noble Paul Romano. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

Noble buys into Falkland oil licenses, will become operator

Noble Energy Inc. (NBL), a U.S. oil and gas producer, agreed to buy stakes in licenses from Falkland Oil & Gas Ltd. off the disputed islands.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Marcellus Shale becoming top US natural gas field

The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government.  More »
Trucks drive south on Highway 85 near Williston, N.D., in the state's oil patch region. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)

Texas oil boom fueling trucker bonuses propels Odessa

Truckers can get $5,000 signing bonuses from companies serving Odessa, the West Texas center of a new Lone Star State oil boom and the nation’s fastest-growing city.  More »
(Photo: Patricia Santos, Associated Press)

Petrobras posts surprise quarterly loss on weak Brazil currency

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the worst performing global oil company this year, unexpectedly reported its first quarterly loss in more than a decade after a depreciation of the local currency boosted costs.  More »