Fuel Fix

A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. A pair of bombs struck two oil pipelines on Friday in southern Iraq, causing a temporary cut in production at the country's largest oil field, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq’s Kurds halt oil exports over payment row

Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdish region has halted oil exports over a payment row with the central government in Baghdad, causing further deterioration in relations between the two administrations.  More »
Traders of crude oil and natural gas react during early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP file photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Oil near $103 amid signs China economy robust

Oil prices hovered near $103 a barrel Monday in Asia amid signs China’s economic growth remains strong.  More »
Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, before testifying on Capitol Hill in 2010. Also shown are Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  (Photo: Interior Department)

Offshore drilling regulator launches new gig

The former federal prosecutor who investigated allegations of mismanagement at the Houston crime lab and spearheaded an overhaul of government agencies that oversee offshore drilling now is putting up his shingle in Washington.  More »
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Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Shell’s message: conserve and produce

Improving energy conservation and developing additional supplies are the key to relieving high crude prices that are driving up the cost of gasoline, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Friday.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

EPA pulls order forcing driller to provide water

The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling, and Range Resources have long insisted drilling did not cause the water contamination.  More »
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Feds, five states to push for Great Lakes wind farms

The Obama administration and five states announced an agreement Friday to speed up consideration of plans for offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Government auditors warn of Arctic drilling risks

Icy conditions, dark days and a lack of infrastructure could hinder efforts to clean up an oil spill in remote Arctic waters near Alaska, government auditors said in a new report Friday. The assessment by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, shed light on what the agency said were unique “environmental challenges” surrounding Shell Oil Co.’s planned drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas this summer.  More »
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Progress made on Alaska pipeline project

The Alaska governor confirmed the settlement with BP, Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips and other companies Friday.  More »

Could gasoline prices level off in April?

Analysts think pump prices will top $4 a gallon nationally within the next couple of weeks, perhaps sooner. Then they could start to fall.  More »
The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. 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. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Total readies two emergency wells to contain North Sea leak

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, is preparing to drill two emergency wells at its Elgin platform in the U.K. North Sea as it leaks natural gas for a sixth day.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP photo)

Murkowski invites Obamas to talk ANWR drilling over milkshakes

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has invited President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for a milkshake to discuss producing oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — all while drilling for it from outside the area.  More »
President Barack Obama speaks at Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Boulder City, Nev. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama clears sanctions to squeeze Iran

The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is moving ahead with tough new sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran’s oil exports after determining there is enough crude on world markets to take the step without harming U.S. allies.  More »