Fuel Fix

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

U.S. says New York state can’t sue over fracking regulations

The U.S. said a New York State lawsuit seeking fuller review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the state’s water supply should be dismissed because the multistate commission responsible for the watershed isn’t a U.S. agency.  More »
Growing concern about water use during hydraulic fracturing prompted the Railroad Commission to adopt new rules for water recycling.  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

U.S. drought won’t hurt shale gas drilling much

The U.S. drought is unlikely to have a long-lasting impact on the extraction of natural gas from shale rock, especially as technology improves, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist said.  More »
The Bushehr nuclear power plant, outside the southern city of Bushehr.. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, file)

Iranian nuclear plants hit by virus playing AC/DC

Iran’s nuclear facilities have suffered a cyber attack that shut down computers and played music from the rock band AC/DC, the F-Secure Security Labs website said.  More »
Hybrid taxi; could buses be next? (AP file photo/Mary Altaffer)

Grand Rapids cab service turns to propane power

The gas that helps cook burgers and brats during your backyard barbecue is now powering your ride home after a night on the town.  More »
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UT study on hydraulic fracturing to be reviewed by outside experts

Media reports of the professor’s post at an oil and gas company on Tuesday prompted the provost at UT Austin to say the study will be examined by an independent group of experts, who are expected to report back in a few weeks.  More »
Weatherford International CEO, Bernard Duroc-Danner. (Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Weatherford estimates $100 million charge in 2nd quarter

The charge would settle allegations of improper sales to nations with sanctions.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

BP engineer can’t force U.S. to specify evidence, judge says

Kurt Mix, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a Feb. 25 trial.  More »
The sign at the entrance of the DuPont Spruance Plant in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

DuPont earnings fall on weak volumes

The company said it expects its earnings for the year to be at the low end of its current outlook.  More »
Workers on April 8, 2011 use a crane to remove clumps of shoreline heavily damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Bay Jimmy in Plaquemines Parish, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Offshore industry’s safety metrics inadequate, experts say

Worker injury measures often used to assess the safety of offshore operations don’t determine risk of catastrophic accidents, experts said during the Chemical Safety Board’s public hearing Tuesday.  More »
Farmer Chris Hausman of near Pesotum, Ill., shows off soybeans loaded into a planter before they're put in the ground back in 2008. Now in 2012, Goodyear says it is testing tires made with soybean oil as it tries to cut its use of petroleum and extend tread life (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Goodyear tests tires made with soybean oil

The soybean oil, which comes from a renewable resource, could cut Goodyear’s use of petroleum by up to 7 million gallons per year.  More »
Dan Smallwood, former COO of the Marine Well Containment Company, shows off the company's capping stack on April 15, 2011 in Houston. (Eric Kayne/For the Houston Chronicle)

Emergency well containment drills launched

An oil industry consortium is deploying a system for containing runaway subsea wells in the Gulf of Mexico today — but the group isn’t responding to an emergency. Instead, the Marine Well Containment Company is conducting a drill of its emergency equipment for federal regulators.  More »
A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Manufacturers ‘alarmed’ about surging natural gas demand

Manufacturers warned Congress today that they are worried the nationwide push to use more natural gas to generate electricity and fuel cars will leave them paying more for the fossil fuel they use to power plants and create other products.  More »