Fuel Fix

Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after he was freed on bail. The former BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle

Judge allows spill defendant to give prosecutors BP documents

A former BP employee got court permission to give prosecutors documents the company wanted to withhold — evidence he says will clear him of a criminal charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett . (AP Photo/John Heller)

Tax experts question credits for Pa. Shell plant

Gov. Tom Corbett and union leaders want lawmakers to approve a $1.7 billion tax credit to lure a new petrochemical plant to western Pennsylvania, but some tax experts say that would run counter to sensible tax practices and would be unfair to other businesses.  More »
Exxon Mobil Corp. chairman and chief executive Rex W. Tillerson speaks to reporters during a news conference. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Exxon’s CEO: Climate, energy fears overblown

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson says that fears about climate change, drilling, and energy dependence are overblown.  More »
Shareholders have criticized Chesapeake’s board for failing to rein in what they’ve seen as Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending at the company. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Chesapeake CEO disavowed role in 2008 plunge, sold shares

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon disavowed any role in the plunge in the company’s stock price in October 2008 after he had sold more than 31 million shares to meet margin calls.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Appeals court rejects arguments against new wells

A federal appeals court has rejected arguments by a coalition of environmental groups, who maintain that U.S. regulators failed to thoroughly review the potential dangers of drilling new deep wells in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Shell's Kulluk conical drilling unit departs Seattle for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2012. (Shell Oil Co.)

Shell’s Arctic-bound drilling units set sail for Alaska

Two of Shell’s drilling rigs are now beginning a long trek to Arctic waters, where they are expected to begin boring five exploratory oil wells this summer.  More »
BP Valhall Platform offshore norway

Norway strikes cost about 15 percent of oil output

A strike by Norwegian energy workers entered its fourth day, pushing up costs to Western Europe’s biggest oil producer.  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas in 2011. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Chesapeake chairman says board must rebuild reputation, value

Chesapeake Energy’s newly minted chairman called CEO Aubrey McClendon a “brilliant explorer, entrepreneur and risk taker,” but he added the company’s board of directors has a difficult job as it works to rebuild value for shareholders and damaged reputation.  More »
(Photo: ToddMorris/Flickr)

Texas feels first heat wave as power demand surges

The electric grid provider for most of Texas on Tuesday urged businesses and residents to conserve energy this summer as the state’s first major heat wave of the year prompted record energy use for two straight days.  More »
The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas car, named Green Car of the Year for 2012, is displayed after its unveiling at press preview day for the Los Angeles Auto Show. Fill 'er up _ with natural gas. High pump prices are encouraging GM and Chrysler to roll out pickups that run on natural gas, which is plentiful and cheap in the U.S..  Here's a look at what models are coming, what's already out there and where to go to fill up. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Column: Natural-gas cars can drive us toward a better economy

Armenia is not generally known as a world leader, but it holds at least one record: Seventy-five percent of its cars and trucks run on natural gas.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Study: Oil spill caused some land erosion

A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010.  More »
Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

Tariffs on solar-gear imports from China raised by U.S.

The U.S. Commerce Department determined that Chinese solar-product imports should be subject to additional tariffs to offset government subsidies, according to an agency document.  More »