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U.S. gasoline price jumps as crude declines

The Oil Price Information Service says gas prices could rise as high as $4.25 per gallon.  More »
Cellulosic ethanol is made from switchgrass and other nonfood products. (AP Photo/Noble Foundation)

Industry group challenges cellulosic biofuel quota

The American Petroleum Institute filed a legal challenge to a U.S. cellulosic biofuel mandate on Monday, alleging a “complete commercial supply” doesn’t exist for fuel makers to meet the program’s minimum quota for 2012.  More »
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. September 2011. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

Gasoline prices weighing down Obama, poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama has handled rising gasoline prices, according to a new poll. The White House fought back with a progress report that seeks to defend Obama’s record on energy.  More »

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BP settlement with plaintiffs could be worth more than $7.8 billion

While there is not even ink yet to dry on a proposed agreement between the Plaintiff Steering Committee and BP to settle the Deepwater Horizon litigation, both sides are trying to put out misunderstandings in the week and a half since the settlement was announced.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Steffy: Those left out of BP settlement

The proposed settlement between BP and business owners and others harmed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster is a big step in repairing the economic hardship unleashed by the oil spill, but it overlooks those most affected by the explosion that killed 11 men.  More »
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Norse wants to be 1st in line for NY gas permits

While New York regulators wrap up a four-year environmental impact study of shale-gas drilling that has driven most energy companies to other states, a Norwegian company hopes to be first in line if New York starts issuing permits.  More »
A large sign is seen in the front Sunoco'S Eagle Point refinery in National Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Northeast oil refineries strapped by regulation, group says

U.S. Northeast refineries are in an “economic and regulatory vice,” according to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.  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)

Obama monitors for gasoline, diesel fraud

The Obama administration is monitoring gasoline and diesel fuel prices in 360 U.S. cities to guard against fraud or price manipulation, according to a White House report released today.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Chesapeake CEO seeks cash infusion from Asian gas markets

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon is cultivating investors from Seoul to New Delhi eager to own natural gas that’s 85 percent cheaper than Middle East supplies because of a glut in the U.S.  More »
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BP oil rig settlement backed by plaintiff lawyer

BP Plc (BP/)’s $7.8 billion settlement with businesses and individuals over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster won the support of a Houston-based lawyer representing almost 12,000 plaintiffs, the Sunday Telegraph reported.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Colo. cities profit by selling water for fracking

Some northern Colorado cities are earning thousands of dollars selling municipal water for use in hydraulic fracturing or fracking.  More »
A drilling site in the Haynesville Shale. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle file photo)

4th year brings Haynesville Shale slowdown

DeSoto Parish school officials don’t know any figures yet, but expect to have to pare their 2012-13 budget from current spending because drilling in the Haynesville Shale is slowing down.  More »
Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Oil falls below $107 on weak growth in China trade

Oil prices fell below $107 a barrel Monday in Asia as a slowdown in China’s trade suggested demand for crude could weaken.  More »
Jose Almaguer waits for his van to fill up with up with gas at Kroger on north Sherpherd Drive. He said it costs more than $100 to fill up due to the higher gas prices. (Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle)

Gasoline prices skyrocket over the spring break weekend

Gasoline prices skyrocketed over the weekend in Houston as thousands of Texans took to the roads for the spring break holiday.  More »
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Oil rises above $107 after key jobs report

The average price for gasoline is already more than $4 per gallon in California, Alaska and Hawaii.  More »