Fuel Fix

Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Report says offshore industry falls short on key safety monitoring

The Chemical Safety Board is set to conclude that the offshore drilling sector’s focus on monitoring individual worker injuries set the stage for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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Couple settles with Houston company over pipeline blast

An Ohio couple say they have settled with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. over a November gas line explosion that destroyed their home.  More »
NRG Energy's SR Bertron Power plant. (Nathan Lindstrom/For the Chronicle)

NRG Energy is buying Houston’s GenOn

New Jersey-based NRG Energy has a deal to buy Houston-based GenOn Energy in an all stock deal worth about $1.7 billion, the companies announced Sunday afternoon.  More »
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EPA reviews part of power plant rule

The technical review is intended to clarify how the new standards would apply to five plants proposed in Texas, Georgia, Kansas and Utah  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)

Oil falls to near $89 amid Europe, China jitters

The price of oil sank toward $89 a barrel Monday as a flare-up in Europe’s debt crisis and concern over Chinese economic growth suggested demand for crude will weaken.  More »
Shell's Kulluk drilling unit is towed through Seattle's Elliott Bay in late June 2012, as it begins a long journey to Arctic waters north of Alaska. Shell plans to use the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer drillship to search for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas once ice clears this summer. (AP Photo/Donna Gordon Blankinship)

Shell wins Coast Guard OK on changes to Arctic-bound barge

The Coast Guard has approved Shell’s request to change the standards for evaluating an emergency response ship for the company’s planned Arctic oil drilling, but Shell is still rebounding from two setbacks in its Arctic quest.  More »
Oil workers on an Eagle Ford Shale rig near Tilden, Texas. (John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Black gold comes to Texas’ rescue again

While low natural gas prices may help you with your utility bill, it isn’t helping energy companies’ bottom line.  More »
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U.S. oil rigs drop second time this month as drilling slows

The U.S. oil rig count slipped from a record on slower drilling activity as crude prices declined almost $20 a barrel from the year’s high.  More »
Baker Hughes employees work at a drill site. (Houston Chronicle)

Baker Hughes posts 30 percent profit jump in second quarter

Despite struggles in the U.S. hydraulic fracturing market, Baker Hughes improved its U.S. operations and benefitted from more drilling activity overseas.  More »
Image from Crossroads GPS television advertisement linking President Barack Obama's energy policies with high gasoline prices.

Downgrading the gasoline crisis watch

About this time, drivers were forecasted to be paying $5 and some boastful analysts predicted $6 per gallon of gasoline.  More »
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Air permit for Las Brisas plant needs more work

An air permit for a planned coal-fired power plant on the Texas coast is expected to face another review by regulators.  More »
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NM fuel spill threatens Albuquerque water supply

Environmentalists call it the largest threat to a city’s drinking water supply in history, as much as 24 million gallons of jet fuel – or twice the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill – seeping into an underground aquifer and steadily toward this drought-stricken city’s largest and most pristine water wells.  More »