Fuel Fix

A large sign is seen in the front Sunoco'S Eagle Point refinery in National Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Northeast oil refineries strapped by regulation, group says

U.S. Northeast refineries are in an “economic and regulatory vice,” according to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.  More »
Prices for regular and diesel are posted in front of a service station in Mercer Island, Wash., near Seattle. A four-day rise in oil prices stalled Wednesday following a weak report on Chinese manufacturing and lingering concerns about Greece's bailout. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for oils produced in the U.S., fell 46 cents to $105.79 a barrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Obama monitors for gasoline, diesel fraud

The Obama administration is monitoring gasoline and diesel fuel prices in 360 U.S. cities to guard against fraud or price manipulation, according to a White House report released today.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Chesapeake CEO seeks cash infusion from Asian gas markets

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon is cultivating investors from Seoul to New Delhi eager to own natural gas that’s 85 percent cheaper than Middle East supplies because of a glut in the U.S.  More »
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Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

BP oil rig settlement backed by plaintiff lawyer

BP Plc (BP/)’s $7.8 billion settlement with businesses and individuals over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster won the support of a Houston-based lawyer representing almost 12,000 plaintiffs, the Sunday Telegraph reported.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Colo. cities profit by selling water for fracking

Some northern Colorado cities are earning thousands of dollars selling municipal water for use in hydraulic fracturing or fracking.  More »
A drilling site in the Haynesville Shale. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle file photo)

4th year brings Haynesville Shale slowdown

DeSoto Parish school officials don’t know any figures yet, but expect to have to pare their 2012-13 budget from current spending because drilling in the Haynesville Shale is slowing down.  More »
Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Oil falls below $107 on weak growth in China trade

Oil prices fell below $107 a barrel Monday in Asia as a slowdown in China’s trade suggested demand for crude could weaken.  More »
Jose Almaguer waits for his van to fill up with up with gas at Kroger on north Sherpherd Drive. He said it costs more than $100 to fill up due to the higher gas prices. (Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle)

Gasoline prices skyrocket over the spring break weekend

Gasoline prices skyrocketed over the weekend in Houston as thousands of Texans took to the roads for the spring break holiday.  More »
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Oil rises above $107 after key jobs report

The average price for gasoline is already more than $4 per gallon in California, Alaska and Hawaii.  More »
Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline protest the project in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Keystone XL supporters, opponents spin Thursday’s vote

Keystone XL supporters and opponents took away small victories after the Senate rejected a bill amendment that would have reversed the Obama administration’s decision to deny a permit to for the controversial pipeline.  More »
(AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Dynegy Transfer of Coal Assets Was Fraudulent, Examiner Says

Dynegy Inc.’s transfer of coal-fired power plants from a unit it later put into bankruptcy was fraudulent and harmed creditors, a court-ordered investigation found.  More »
Members of the Iran Navy participate in a 2011 drill in the Sea of Oman. (AP Photo/International Iran Photo Agency, Ali Mohammadi)

Mullen: U.S. energy boom could shift security risk in Middle East

Former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen said U.S. energy independence could impact security issues in the Middle East, during the CERAWeek energy conference.  More »