Fuel Fix

Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Appeals court rejects arguments against new wells

A federal appeals court has rejected arguments by a coalition of environmental groups, who maintain that U.S. regulators failed to thoroughly review the potential dangers of drilling new deep wells in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Shell's Kulluk conical drilling unit departs Seattle for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2012. (Shell Oil Co.)

Shell’s Arctic-bound drilling units set sail for Alaska

Two of Shell’s drilling rigs are now beginning a long trek to Arctic waters, where they are expected to begin boring five exploratory oil wells this summer.  More »
BP Valhall Platform offshore norway

Norway strikes cost about 15 percent of oil output

A strike by Norwegian energy workers entered its fourth day, pushing up costs to Western Europe’s biggest oil producer.  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas in 2011. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Chesapeake chairman says board must rebuild reputation, value

Chesapeake Energy’s newly minted chairman called CEO Aubrey McClendon a “brilliant explorer, entrepreneur and risk taker,” but he added the company’s board of directors has a difficult job as it works to rebuild value for shareholders and damaged reputation.  More »
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Texas feels first heat wave as power demand surges

The electric grid provider for most of Texas on Tuesday urged businesses and residents to conserve energy this summer as the state’s first major heat wave of the year prompted record energy use for two straight days.  More »
The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas car, named Green Car of the Year for 2012, is displayed after its unveiling at press preview day for the Los Angeles Auto Show. Fill 'er up _ with natural gas. High pump prices are encouraging GM and Chrysler to roll out pickups that run on natural gas, which is plentiful and cheap in the U.S..  Here's a look at what models are coming, what's already out there and where to go to fill up. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Column: Natural-gas cars can drive us toward a better economy

Armenia is not generally known as a world leader, but it holds at least one record: Seventy-five percent of its cars and trucks run on natural gas.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Study: Oil spill caused some land erosion

A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010.  More »
Workers assemble solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese company Suntech in the eastern city of Wuxi. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

Tariffs on solar-gear imports from China raised by U.S.

The U.S. Commerce Department determined that Chinese solar-product imports should be subject to additional tariffs to offset government subsidies, according to an agency document.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Guyana gives oil exploration rights to Anadarko

Guyana has awarded exploration rights to Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which is oil off the South American country’s coast.  More »
(Image: Aidan Jones/Flickr)

Nigeria replaces state-run oil company executives

Nigeria’s president has replaced executives of the oil-rich West African nation’s state-run oil company.  More »
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BP says Colorado gas explosion occurred during line inspection

BP was running a pigging device through a pipeline feeding gas into a compressor station in Colorado when an explosion occurred yesterday, killing one contract worker and injuring two others.  More »
Charlie Williams (Handout photo)

Industry group develops standards for offshore safety auditors

A Houston-based industry organization is developing certification requirements for auditors to examine safety systems for the offshore industry.  More »