Fuel Fix

T. Boone Pickens (Photo: Associated Press)

Pickens: Let’s make the switch to natural gas

Four years ago this month we kicked off the Pickens Plan and changed forever the discussion of energy in the United States.  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)

Eagle Ford oil production in May tripled from 2011, Texas says

Oil production in the Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas tripled in May from a year earlier, preliminary data from state regulators show.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon 2Q profits rise 49 pct, helped by big gain

Exxon says that net income rose 49 percent in the second quarter as it made $7.5 billion from selling company assets.  More »
Mary Brooks sits with toys in the backyard of former day-care center Friday, July 20, 2012, in Texas City. Brooks, who is one of 47,800 Texas City and La Marque residents suing BP for health problems resulting from a 40 day release of pollutants that began April 6, 2010, still owns but was forced to close because of her health. "I've been holding out, praying and hoping that I open another child care center in Houston," she said as she explains why she hasn't gotten rid of the toys. Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

Emails: BP knew of flare issues

With the world focused on a BP rig explosion in the spring of 2010 that caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a massive release of pollutants from the company’s Texas City refinery went largely unnoticed.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell Q2 profit down 53% on lower oil prices

Shares in Royal Dutch Shell PLC declined Thursday after its second quarter earnings showed a greater than expected decline in profits, due mostly to lower oil prices.  More »
The Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell may trim 2012 Alaska drilling for inspections, ice

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) may have to scale back its Arctic oil-exploration this year after unrelenting ice and trouble passing U.S. Coast Guard inspections delayed the planned July start of drilling.  More »
Supporters of a successful effort in 2012 to renationalize Argentina's largest oil company, YPF, wave flags. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Repsol profits down sharply on inventory effects

Spanish energy company Repsol says its second quarter net profits fell 45 percent from the same period of 2011 to €274 million ($332 million), due in the effect of lower oil prices on the value of its inventories.  More »

Q2 profits for Norway’s Statoil edges down

Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil ASA says second-quarter profits dipped slightly in the second-quarter, falling just under 2 percent, in large parts due to lower prices for liquids and higher exploration costs.  More »
New solar panels line the roof of the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Mich. The panels will provide hot water in addition to electricity for the building. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Jeffrey Smith)

2 Michigan breweries conserve energy, save money

A move toward energy efficiency and solar power are expected to help two Michigan breweries save thousands of dollars on utility bills.  More »
(Photo: Vectorportal/Flickr)

Man in Texas pipeline incident pleads not guilty

A North Texas man accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in suburban Dallas has pleaded not guilty.  More »
Crews clean up oil, from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc, near booms and absorbent materials where Talmadge Creek meets the Kalamazoo River as in Marshall Township, Mich.  Federal investigators are expected to present their findings Tuesday, July 10, 2012 on the likely cause of a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the river nearly two years ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Groups protest tar sands oil on spill anniversary

On the second anniversary of the costliest onshore oil spill in U.S. history, environmental groups held rallies in several states Wednesday to raise concerns about transporting tar sands oil in underground pipelines.  More »
(Associated Press)

Judge blocks air permit for Las Brisas plant

A state judge has struck down a state air permit for a planned coal-fired power plant on the Texas coast.  More »