Fuel Fix

ExxonMobil begins production at Kizomba Field in Angola

Exxon Mobil announced today it has started production at an offshore field off the coast of Angola, fueled by the local Angolan labor force that helped supply and keep the project on schedule.  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)

Chesapeake starts a petition for energy independence

Chesapeake Energy is urging Americans to sign a petition for energy independence, hoping wider use of natural gas and increased oil drilling could end energy dependence in the States.  More »
Oil is seen on the creek water's surface near an illegal oil refinery in Ogoniland, outside Port Harcourt, in Nigeria's Delta region. A region of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta suffers widespread ecological damage as spilled oil seeps into its drinking water, destroys plants and remains in the ground for decades at a time, according to a UN report. (AP Photo / Sunday Alamba)

Eni blames ‘sabotage’ for oil spill in Nigeria

Italian oil major Eni SpA has blamed sabotage for a spill from one of its pipelines in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.  More »
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Report: Oil & gas drilling on federal lands pays dividends

Energy development on federal lands and waters supported about 1.5 million jobs and $275 billion in economic activity last year, according to a new Interior Department report.  More »
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accused J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corp. of misleading regulators and said its authority to sell electricity may be suspended. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

JPMorgan probe shows FERC priority on policing energy markets

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s probe of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) demonstrates a renewed focus on market manipulation as the agency beefs up its oversight of the multibillion dollar energy-trading business.  More »
Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

Iran lawmakers want to tax ships in Hormuz

Several Iranian lawmakers plan to propose a bill to impose tariffs on ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, Shargh reported, citing Alireza Khosravi, a member of the nation’s parliament.  More »
The Exxon Baton Rouge, top, attempts to off load crude oil from the Exxon Valdez on March 26, 1989. (AP file photo)

Author says Exxon learned from their mistakes at Valdez

Exxon Mobil used the 1989 Valdez oil tanker spill as a catalyst for change in worker safety, but the changes also prompted a series of procedures that instructed workers on everything from how to operate equipment to how to requisition a stapler.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Drilling takes its toll on roads, people’s safety

On a recent sunny afternoon, the streets of this Karnes County town were teeming. Pickups, oil tankers and gravel trucks clogged U.S. 181. Cars were backed up at intersections. Trucks waited in a line at a gas station. But there’s something more than just traffic crowding the town’s streets these days. There’s fear.  More »

The lowdown on the projects in the Energy Corridor

Demand for office space in west Houston has developers scrambling to put buildings on the ground. They’re betting on continued strength in the energy sector, which has been driving the office market in this part of town. Most of the following buildings are proposed, but a few are already under construction.  More »
A beachgoer in June 2010 enjoys a morning walk in Pensacola, Fla., as crews work to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Some workers allege they were sickened by chemicals used to clean up the spill. Photo: Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle

Dispersant’s use adds subplot to oil spill saga

As a federal judge considers a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents harmed by the 2010 oil spill, a legal subplot has developed around workers who allege they were sickened by chemicals used to clean up the oil.  More »
Northeastern Alberta is a major oil sands production area. (Karen Warren / HOUSTON CHRONICLE)

Campaign aims to counter oil sands criticism

Manufacturers, refiners, energy companies and pipeline operators that think the promise of Canadian crude is getting lost in the criticism of it have formed an initiative to promote the fossil fuel.  More »

First casualty of greenhouse gas rules may be Texas plant

Developers targeted 2013 to begin operating a new power plant fueled by the carbon-rich leftover from nearby oil refining in Corpus Christi.  More »