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Eagle Ford Shale boom bigger than predicted

The Eagle Ford Shale is booming bigger than experts had predicted even last year, producing almost three times the barrels of oil and number of new wells expected.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

GM to suspend production of Chevrolet Volt

The Volt was rolled out with great fanfare in late 2010 but has since hit bumps in the road.  More »
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Pump prices rise but crude declines

The national average for gasoline hit $3.741 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.  More »

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Petrobras starts production in the Gulf of Mexico

The Brazilian oil company Petrobras has begun oil and gas production at its Cascade 4 well — the first production in the Gulf of Mexico using a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel more commonly deployed in more remote areas.  More »
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Steffy: BP fights to keep its past from creeping into court

With the trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster looming, BP’s attorneys are moving strike any mention of the company’s long history of operating failures from court records.  More »
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Eagle Ford boom putting pressure on labor, housing

Here’s what it’s like to be at the center of a modern-day oil boom.  More »
Tasha Metz, a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M Galveston, places a Ridley Sea Turtle into it's crate, on Bolivar Penninsula, which was this season's first live Ridley Sea Turtle's found after laying her nest of eggs. (Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

Advocates worry seismic blasts will harm endangered turtles

After facing the dangers posed by shrimp nets, the BP oil spill and snaps of freezing weather, the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle could be facing a new menace, turtle advocates say.  More »
Frank Campo, owner of Campo Marina, pauses as he discusses the threats to the region and his livelihood from the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig at his Marina in Shell Beach, La., on May 1, 2010.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Steffy: Uncharted legal territory for BP ahead

A possible deal between BP and business owners and individuals harmed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster would call for BP to close the fund it’s been using to pay claims for the past two years and apply the balance to settle a mammoth legal case awaiting trial in New Orleans.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP Gulf spill trial to start amid pressure for settlement

BP Plc (BP/), Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton Co. (HAL), with billions of dollars on the line, are set to find out from a federal judge who among them is to blame for the April 20, 2010, explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell files pre-emptive offshore drilling lawsuit

Shell Oil Co. is taking the offensive against environmental groups that have put legal roadblocks in the company’s path to offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean.  More »
Cleanup worker Jeiner Foronda places fresh absorbent boom in the affected marshland of Terrebonne Parish, La., while cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle )

Gulf oil spill response consortium better equipped

A consortium set up by major oil companies to clean up offshore oil spills by quickly marshaling boom and skimmers says it has expanded its resources.  More »
A large sign is seen in the front Sunoco'S Eagle Point refinery in National Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Billionaire considers bid for Pa. Sunoco refinery

The billionaire owner of an oil refinery in western Pennsylvania said he is mulling whether to bid on Sunoco’s refinery in South Philadelphia.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

$1B natural gas pipeline proposed for Pa.

A proposed $1 billion gas pipeline would connect production facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale with markets south toward Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.  More »
Ford Motor Co. shows the all-new Ford Focus Electric. The automaker says the Focus can be fully charged in three to four hours using a 240-volt outlet. That's half the time it takes to charge the Nissan Leaf, a competitor that went on sale last month.  (AP Photos/Ford Motor Co.)

Ford Focus electric car rated at 105 MPG equivalent by EPA

Ford Motor Co. (F)’s Focus electric car, going on sale in the first half of 2012, was certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offer the equivalent of 105 miles (169 kilometers) per gallon of gasoline, the automaker said today.  More »
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Obama urges Congress to nix oil, gas tax provisions

President Obama called on Congress Thursday to hold a prompt vote on repealing tax provisions for the oil-and-gas industry amid continually rising gasoline prices.  More »