Fuel Fix

The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. (San Antonio Express News/John Davenport)

Texas wins latest round with EPA in federal court

A federal appeals court scolded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday for rejecting a series of state pollution control projects in Texas that federal regulators said failed to satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act.  More »
A Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

North Sea leak may deny brent crude relief from Libya’s return

The halt of Total SA (FP)’s Elgin platform in the North Sea after a gas leak may deny the Brent crude market the relief that was set to come with resurgent Libyan oil exports, according to BNP Paribas SA.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Newfield focused on oil after first gas drilling halt

Newfield Exploration Co. (NFX), which received about 70 percent of its output from natural gas in 2010, isn’t drilling for dry gas for the first time in its 24- year history, Chief Executive Officer Lee Boothby said.  More »

An oil pump works near Stanley, N.D. (AP file photo/James MacPherson)

Widow of man killed in ND oil patch files lawsuit

The widow of a man who was killed while working on an oil rig in western North Dakota has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.  More »
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Oil falls to near $106 after US crude supply jump

Oil prices fell to near $106 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after a report showed a larger-than-expected jump in U.S. crude supplies, suggesting demand remains weak.  More »
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France poised to release strategic oil reserves

France’s government says it is considering releasing oil from its strategic reserves as part of a U.S.-led effort to increase supply to bring down high prices.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Obama administration advances plan for research along Atlantic coast

The Obama administration will announce Wednesday that it is advancing a plan to allow new seismic research designed to help identify hidden pockets of oil and gas in Atlantic waters along the East Coast. The move by the Interior Department is the beginning of a long path that could ultimately lead to new offshore drilling along the mid- and south- Atlantic.  More »
BP's Valhall oil production platform, located offshore Norway. (Photo: BP)

Offshore drilling safety panels wrap up work

Nearly two years after oil started spilling from BP’s failed Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico, industry experts are wrapping up their work studying ways to boost the safety of offshore drilling. Joint industry task forces that were convened after the Gulf spill today issued final reports summarizing what they have accomplished and what still needs to be done.  More »
A natural gas drilling site in Houston, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas prices fall again on supply concerns

Any money that consumers are saving on natural gas may be going into the gasoline tank.  More »
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BP enters Utica Shale in Ohio

BP plans to lease several thousand acres in northeast Ohio for oil and gas exploration in the Utica shale, the company announced on Tuesday.  More »
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EPA proposes limits on power plant greenhouse gas emissions

EPA has proposed its first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but the rules would not apply to existing plants or ones scheduled for completion within a year.  More »
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Report warns of nuke risk in Calif.

The utility that runs California’s San Onofre nuclear plant misled federal regulators about equipment and design changes that are the likely cause of extensive wear on tubing that carries radioactive water, a report commissioned by an environmental group claimed Tuesday.  More »
This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

New pipeline plan to rival Keystone XL

Pipeline companies Enbridge and Enterprise Products Partners say they’ll build a new pipeline system linking the Cushing, Okla. hub with the Gulf Coast.  More »
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Minor leak reported at BP’s Texas City plant

A Texas City BP plant is reporting a minor chemical leak today.  More »
The State Department's Carlos Pascual says proposed transparency rules would create a more level playing field. Energy companies, however, say the rules would be expensive to follow and would force them to reveal confidential contractual data. Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Official touts energy transparency rules

Proposed transparency rules for energy companies working overseas would boost competition and begin a worldwide change in how the companies operate outside their home countries, a senior State Department official with an energy focus said in Houston.  More »