Fuel Fix

Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Keystone pipeline divide shows U.S. highway deal elusive

Congressional negotiators clashed over TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, underscoring the U.S. political challenge in reaching a multiyear surface transportation plan for the first time since 2005.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Gas price likely won’t set record this summer

Gasoline prices likely won’t set any records this summer, thanks to a recent drop in the price of oil.  More »
Tugboats pull the crippled tanker Exxon Valdez towards Naked Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, seen in this April 5, 1989, file photo after the ship was pulled from Bligh Reef. Best Oasis', an Indian company that dismantles old ships, official Gaurav Mehta says his company recently bought the Exxon Valdez, but he declined to say from whom or at what price. He said Friday March 23, 2012 that the vessel is most likely headed for the scrap yard. (AP Photo/Rob Stapleton, File)

India’s top court refuses entry to Exxon Valdez

India’s Supreme Court has banned the Exxon Valdez from entering India, saying the ship involved in one of the worst U.S. oil spills will not be allowed in for dismantling until it has been decontaminated.  More »
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

ConocoPhillips seeking a buyer for its Nigerian assets

ConocoPhillips (COP), the largest U.S. independent oil and natural-gas producer, is seeking a buyer for its Nigerian properties in a sale that may fetch $1 billion.  More »
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U.K. to pursue electricity-market law to boost low-carbon plants

The U.K. plans to overhaul its electricity market as the government seeks to prevent spikes in natural-gas prices and spur investment in lower-emitting technologies.  More »
Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gov’t cuts summer gasoline price forecast

The government says gasoline will be cheaper this summer than previously expected thanks to a drop in the price of oil.  More »
The Constitution spar in the Gulf of Mexico (Anadarko)

Anadarko suit judge throws out fraudulent transfer claim

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) won dismissal of a so-called fraudulent transfer claim made in a $25 billion environmental lawsuit by the U.S. and creditors of bankrupt Tronox Inc. after a judge ruled the Kerr-McGee unit of Anadarko that received the transfer is an isolated entity.  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)

Is fracking flopping on foreign finances?

Hydraulic fracturing, the drilling process that releases oil and natural gas from deep inside shale formations, has sparked a boom in the U.S. and a glut of natural gas that has driven prices to their lowest in a decade.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, OK, to discuss his energy policy, on March, 22, 2012. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Hispanic group: Latinos back Keystone XL pipeline

Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline are now billing it as a top political issue for Hispanic voters — the latest bid to spur the administration’s approval of the project.  More »
Bryant Jenkins, left, gives John Krenicki, president and CEO of GE Energy, a tour of the deep-water assembly building at the company's technology center. The company is investing $10 million for training near Bush Intercontinental Airport. Photo: Brett Coomer / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Deep water draws more GE dollars to Houston

Manufacturing behemoth General Electric is ramping up investment in the energy sector and expanding its Houston footprint, with an eye on the global deep-water drilling boom.  More »
An offshore wind farm near Kent, England. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller)

British Green Deal hopes to be model of market-driven efficiency

British energy officials shared a message of a market-friendly energy efficiency promotion and sniffed out possible trade and investment opportunities during a visit to Houston on Monday.  More »
A cyber security analyst works in the "watch and warning center" during the first tour of the government’s secretive cyber defense lab in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Homeland Security Department's Control System Security Program facilities are intended to protect the nation's power grid, water and communications systems. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)   Summary

Officials warn multiple pipeline companies of cyber attacks

Hackers have been targeting computer networks managing natural gas pipelines in a series of cyber attacks over the past several months, according to media outlets.  More »
(AP file photo/Marco Garci)

Tesoro Logistics meets analysts’ expectations

San Antonio-based Tesoro Logistics LP reported net income of $11.6 million, or 37 cents per unit, for the first quarter ended March 31.  More »
Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History in New York inspect a detailed model of a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus on display during the media preview of "The World's Largest Dinosaurs'" exhibit. (Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP)

Excuse me: Gassy dinosaurs helped warm Earth

Potty humor just got prehistoric. A new study suggests that dinosaurs may have helped keep an already overheated world warmer with their flatulence and burps 200 million years ago.  More »
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Feds approve Anadarko’s plan to drill thousands of gas wells in Utah

The Obama administration on Tuesday approved a plan by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to sink more than 3,500 natural gas wells in eastern Utah, after the company agreed to environmental safeguards that aim to protect the local air and water.  More »