Fuel Fix

Ten-year-old Isabelle Wassillie, wearing a polar bear head and holding a frozen salmon, takes part in a rally urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reject an air permit waiver request by Shell Oil for vessels operating in the Arctic Ocean on Monday, July 23, 2012, outside the federal building in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Protesters urge EPA to reject Arctic waiver

About a dozen Alaskans rallied Monday outside the Anchorage federal building to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to reject Shell Oil’s request for a waiver of requirements in the company’s air permit, which it needs to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean.  More »
Wang Yilin

China seeks N. American energy reserves, know-how

Offshore Chinese energy giant CNOOC’s $15 billion offer for Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. is strategically calibrated to win regulatory approval — unlike its failed 2005 attempt to buy Unocal.  More »
Oil workers on an Eagle Ford Shale rig near Tilden, Texas. (John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

U.S. says shale gas output rose 24% in May from year earlier

Natural-gas production from shale formations rose in May on increased supplies from the Marcellus deposit even after prices fell to a 10-year low, Energy Department data show.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Oil producers using trains to hunt for best price

North Dakota oil producers are increasingly using trains to hunt for the best price for their crude.  More »
Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at a news conference in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, in Columbia, Mo., Monday July 23, 2012 to announce Westinghouse Electric Company's efforts to develop next generation Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in Missouri. Nixon was backed by UM System President Timothy Wolfe, Missouri representatives, senators, Mid-Missouri county commissioners, Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse executives during the press conference before the group had an economic summit hosted by Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri in Monsanto Auditorium. (AP Photo/Columbia Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell)

Nixon: Reactor project could help define Missouri

The technology is unproven, the financing undetermined and the market prospects unclear. But those uncertainties aren’t preventing a phalanx of Missouri business and political heavyweights from lining up behind a next-generation nuclear energy project that Gov. Jay Nixon hopes will help define the Show-Me State much like the American auto industry helped elevate Detroit.  More »
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Refinery safety still falls short, regulators say

Safety at chemical plants and refineries has not improved despite scores of fatalities over the last decade and won’t until companies develop better systems for identifying red flags that point to potential disaster, panelists said at a hearing in Houston on Monday.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns off the coast of Louisiana on April 21, 2010.  (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Spill report cites poor safety management

A federal panel meeting in Houston reports that deficiencies in safety management contributed to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
An oil pump works in the Persian Gulf desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Oil stabilizes as China shows signs of recovery

The price of oil stabilized on Tuesday, after sliding the day before on Europe’s deepening debt turmoil, as a survey suggested a recovery in China’s manufacturing is taking hold.  More »
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Hearing raises concerns about refinery safety monitoring, transparency

Companies must do more to protect workers from disasters like the explosions aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and BP’s Texas City refinery, according to testimony before an independent board conducting hearings in Houston.  More »
Houston Chronicle: Tom Fowler

Houston staff would shrink in NRG-GenOn deal

The company has no plans to expand power generation in Texas, NRG CEO David Crane said in a press call Monday.  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)

Republicans make another Keystone push over Obama rejection

House Republicans drafted another bill to speed work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline after previous efforts failed to overturn President Barack Obama’s rejection of a permit for the project.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Devon Energy, pipeline group sue to block smog rules in Wise County

Devon Energy and the Texas Pipeline Association are asking federal courts to block the EPA from imposing tighter smog limits on a rural North Texas county.  More »