Fuel Fix

A delivery driver connects hoses on a gasoline tanker, prior to replenishing the tanks at a BP station in Pittsburgh. The nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon on Tuesday, March 6,2012. That ended a streak of price hikes that began on Feb. 8.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Oil output on federal lands, offshore up under Obama, data show

Oil output during the first three years of the Obama administration was 13 percent higher than from 2006 to 2008, according to new federal data, though it did decrease somewhat between 2010 and 2011.  More »
A Chevron drill site manager on the Discoverer Deep Seas as it drills a prospect about 100 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Governors urge Obama to loosen up deep-water drilling requirements

Seven state governors are urging President Obama to loosen up regulatory requirements for deepwater drilling, in a written letter to the White House.  More »
This image taken Nov. 17, 2011, and released by Chevron, shows an aerial view of vessels in the cleanup of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.  (AP Photo/Ibama)

Chevron to suspend production at Brazilian field after seep

It is not clear how long the field’s production could be shut down, or how it might influence an already tight world oil market.  More »
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Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

EPA says some homes’ water meets health standards

Water belonging to 11 homes in a Pennsylvania township met federal health standards, the Environmental Protection Agency said late Thursday, amid residents’ concerns about whether hydraulic fracturing by Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. may have polluted it.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Brazil says new Chevron oil leak off coast

Oil started leaking again from cracks on the ocean floor near an offshore Chevron well where at least 110,000 gallons spilled late last year, Brazil’s oil regulator said.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama defends energy record

Vigorously defending his policies, President Barack Obama ridiculed critics of renewable energy sources Thursday, calling them naysayers and comparing them to the flat-earthers of yesteryear.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Waste boss: No NY fracking until 2013

The chairman of a Vermont-based company looking to handle waste from shale gas drilling has told investors that hydraulic fracturing in New York state likely won’t begin until 2013.  More »
Penguins gather on the coast of Murrell Farm near the northeastern corner of the Falkland Islands. The Falklands have struck oil, potentially pumping billions of dollars into their treasury. One downside is the potential for a major spill in seas where penguins, whales, seals and other marine mammals are drawn to unspoiled coasts.   (AP Photo/Michael Warren)

Offshore oil a ‘game-changer’ for Falkland Islands

Falkland Islanders are so accustomed to making do with what they’ve got that many still heat their homes with peat stoves, grow their own vegetables, repair their Land Rovers themselves and raise chickens for their soft-boiled eggs.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Minge: Parties on track to meet pipeline deadline

The three major players on Alaska’s North Slope are on track to meet a month-end deadline to unite to pursue a natural gas pipeline project, an oil company executive said Wednesday.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil near $106 as US denies plan to release crude

Oil prices rose slightly to near $106 a barrel Friday in Asia after the U.S. denied reports it and Britain plan to release some their strategic crude reserves.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Magellan to expand Crane-to-Houston pipeline to 225,000 BPD

Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP) will expand the capacity of its Crane, Texas, to Houston crude-oil pipeline to 225,000 barrels a day, according to a statement from the company.  More »
Discoverer Seven Seas, a Transocean rig.

Transocean lands half a billion dollars in drilling contracts

Transocean is earning higher-than-expected daily rates on three drilling rig contracts worth up to $583 million.  More »