Fuel Fix

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 will attempt to plug leaking Elgin well within days

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil producer, plans to begin within days an attempt to plug a North Sea well that has leaked natural gas for almost seven weeks.  More »
2012 Fisker Karma. (Photo: Fisker Automotive)

$100K electric vehicle being investigated after Sugar Land fire

A $100,000 electric car is suspected in sparking a fire at a Sugar Land home last week, according to media reports.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices continue their month-long slide

Gasoline prices are continuing their downward trend as prices dropped 7 cents in Houston over the past week, according to AAA gas gauge.  More »
Prices for regular and diesel are posted in front of a service station in Mercer Island, Wash., near Seattle. A four-day rise in oil prices stalled Wednesday following a weak report on Chinese manufacturing and lingering concerns about Greece's bailout. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for oils produced in the U.S., fell 46 cents to $105.79 a barrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

CBO: Increasing domestic oil doesn’t help energy security much

A report released by the Congressional Budget Office Wednesday concludes that policies reducing oil consumption energy security more than growing domestic production.  More »
Trailers used as temporary housing for oil industry workers are are parked along a dirt road outside Dore, N.D. (AP Photo/ James MacPherson)

Oil boom resurrects North Dakota ghost town

For more than three decades, Kerry and Darrell Finsaas were all that kept this blink-and-you-miss-it North Dakota community from becoming completely deserted.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Enbridge CEO to tap Canadian oil-sands support for gateway pipe

Enbridge Inc. (ENB) Chief Executive Officer Pat Daniel is counting on Canadians’ support for ending the nation’s reliance on U.S. markets to boost the company’s chances of building its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.  More »
Caroline Cannon before an Inupiat monument made of whale bones in Point Hope, Alaska. Cannon has been the face and voice of her Inupiat community government and industry meetings across Alaska and in Washington, D.C. (Goldman Environmental Prize via Bloomberg)

Column: Alaska whaler wins $150K Goldman Prize for oil fight

The Cafe du Parc at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington is bustling with D.C. tourists and buttoned-down business travelers.  More »
A CNOOC oil platform, Donghai Sea, China. (Ding Jianzhou/Imaginechina via Bloomberg)

Cnooc deploys oil rig as weapon to assert China Sea claims

China’s first deep-water drilling rig began operations near islands in the South China Sea in a move to assert Beijing’s territorial claims as travel agencies suspended tours to the Philippines amid safety concerns.  More »
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

3 critically injured in Sinclair refinery fire

The initial investigation into a flash fire that critically injured three workers at the Sinclair oil refinery near Rawlins found that the workers were wearing special fire resistant clothing, but details on what might have caused the fire aren’t yet available.  More »
(Photo: Keoki Seu, Flickr)

Sugar cane grows on oil as $71 billion bet outspends D.C.

BP Plc (BP/) has invested $7 billion in alternative energy since 2005. Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is spending $600 million on a 10-year effort to turn algae into oil. And Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) has been buying up sugar cane mills, plantations and refineries to make ethanol in Brazil.  More »
Signs opposing the hydraulic fracturing process of drilling for gas, or "fracking"  are posted in Evans City, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Tribal leader opposes proposed fracking rule

A former president of the National Congress of American Indians says his tribe opposes proposed federal rules to require companies drilling for oil and gas on public and Indian lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  More »
(Photo: Mike Hill)

Salazar: lizard might not be listed as endangered

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday that the dunes sagebrush lizard might not be listed as endangered if enough energy companies and ranchers voluntarily agree to preserve the sand-dwelling reptile’s habitat.  More »

Newly independent ConocoPhillips will expand in North America, CEO says

In the first shareholders meeting since ConocoPhillips split from its refineries, CEO Ryan Lance said the company will expand in Texas regions with a high content of natural gas liquids.  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)

Big supplies help push crude prices down again

Oil fell for a sixth day after crude stockpiles increased in the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of the commodity.  More »
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, hoists legislation during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Quid pro quo? Texas Republican suggests feds went easy on BP

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert today suggested that the Obama administration turned a blind eye toward BP’s safety problems before the Gulf oil spill because the company promised to support White-House backed climate change legislation and the 2010 health care law.  More »