Fuel Fix


Shell recruits train for Arctic oil spill

Against the backdrop of Alaska’s snow-topped Chugach Mountains and in the same waters that were spoiled by the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than two decades ago, Shell is training recruits in skills it hopes they never have to use.  More »
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Chesapeake to sell pipeline assets for more than $4 billion

Chesapeake Energy Corp. said today plans to sell its pipeline business for more than $4 billion.  More »

UH working to develop “smart” cement

A University of Houston civil engineering researcher has received a $2.6 million grant to develop a new type of “smart” cement that could make offshore drilling safer.  More »
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Drilling activity trending down

Texas oil and gas producers in April began to curtail drilling as falling crude oil prices fed anxiety over economic uncertainty, according to the Texas Petro Index, prepared by economist Karr Ingham for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the largest state association of independent oil and gas producers.  More »
Ron Saville examines sleeping quarters. The structure from Lone-Star Marine Shelters will sleep 76 persons, who will have their own televisions. Photo: J. Patric Schneider / Houston Chronicle

New quarters for offshore oil workers

An island company that makes office and living quarters for offshore oil and gas workers showed off its latest project on Thursday, a three-story, 8,640-square-foot steel structure that weighs 691 tons and sleeps 76.  More »

BP workers find 2 dead monkeys in shipping crate

Workers opening a crate of valves at the BP Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana were surprised to find two dead monkeys inside.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko cut as $25 billion toxic suit oozes into court

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) investors are discounting the company’s market value by $2 billion as analysts and lawyers see few ways to minimize the effect of a $25 billion lawsuit spawned by the toxic past of its Kerr-McGee Corp. unit.  More »
Car pass by a new under construction oil terminal in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The United Arab Emirates is nearing completion of a pipeline through the mountainous sheikdom of Fujairah that will allow it to reroute the bulk of its oil exports around the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf, the path for a fifth of the world's oil supply. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Emirates readies oil export detour to avoid Hormuz

By night, the lights of dozens of ships anchored off this eastern Emirati port create the mirage of a far-off city at sea.  More »
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Pa. county raps national park chief over pipeline

County commissioners in northeastern Pennsylvania are calling for the ouster of the superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, saying he forced a natural gas pipeline to detour around the park through seven miles of unspoiled forest and private properties.  More »
Protesters shout slogans during an anti-nuclear plant rally in front of the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo, Friday, June 8, 2012 as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda holds a press conference, saying Japan must restart two nuclear reactors to protect the economy and people's livelihoods. Noda said in the news conference broadcast live to the nation that the government has taken ample measures to ensure the safety of the two reactors at the Ohi nuclear plant in western Japan. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Japan PM says 2 nuke reactors must be restarted

Japan’s leader appealed to the nation Friday to accept that two nuclear reactors that remained shuttered after the Fukushima disaster must be restarted to protect the economy and people’s livelihoods.  More »
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Public utilities expected to make a slower shift to natural gas

While low natural gas prices and tighter harmful emissions standards are making it the preferred fuel for generating electricity, public utilities are expected to be slower in shifting towards natural gas than private companies, because of the cost of building new plants and pressure on public utilities to ensure a reliable supply, according to a Moody’s report released today.  More »
Alejander Ruiz, of AT&T, fills up his vehicle with Clean Energy Fuel at 7721 Washington in Houston. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Shell plans to open LNG truck fueling stations across U.S.

In a preliminary agreement with TravelCenters of America, Shell announced that it is seeking to build 200 LNG fueling lanes across the U.S. interstate highway system.  More »
A Boeing 737-800 bearing the Eco Skies Livery is fuels up with biofuel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Sundrop Fuels hopes to some day produce its synthetic fuel for airplanes. (Photographer: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Airline group says biofuels need govt support

Airlines need government support to lower the cost of biofuels that could help to reduce pollution and carbon emissions, the head of the global aviation industry group said Thursday.  More »
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Chemical industry could provide answer to scratched cars

Scratched and broken plastic could soon be a thing of the past.  More »

EPA sues India-based firm mining coal in Kentucky

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says coal companies owned by a massive India conglomerate ran illegal surface mines in eastern Kentucky that polluted waterways.  More »