Fuel Fix

A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Texas gets grants for natural gas vehicle research

Texas A&M and the University of Texas are getting federal grants for work to develop more consumer-friendly natural gas-powered vehicles.  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)

Little damage found from Chevron’s Brazil spill

A federal police spokesman confirms that investigators have found that offshore oil spill near a Chevron well last year caused no significant environmental damage.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answer

A new study being done by the Department of Energy may provide some of the first solid answers to an extremely controversial question: Can gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water?  More »
hot fan

Dwindling refrigerant supply raises cost of AC repairs

Staying cool this summer could get a lot more expensive because of the phase-out of an air conditioning refrigerant.  More »
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Noble sells natural gas wells in Panhandle

Noble will sell 900 wells in the Anadarko Basin, largely producing natural gas, to Unit Petroleum in a $617 million deal.  More »
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Voyager Oil and Gas acquires Emerald Oil for $40 million

Montana-based Voyager Oil and Gas acquired Emerald Oil, a smaller operator based in the Niobrara shale, on Tuesday for $40 million, allowing the company to build on its strategy of positioning itself in the Rocky Mountain region, the company said today.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Kansas oil well production growing, EnerJex Resources says

San Antonio-based EnerJex Resources Inc., a domestic onshore oil company, said Wednesday that it has drilled 19 new oil wells and 14 new secondary recovery water-injection wells in its Rantoul project in eastern Kansas.  More »
Kuwaiti refinery barrels

Kuwait official calls oil market relatively stable

Kuwait’s oil minister says he believes the global oil market is relatively stable despite tightening sanctions on Iran and the recent threat of an industry shutdown in Norway.  More »
Chesapeake Energy-board.JPEG-0bdd2

Report: Chesapeake altered plans after Encana emails

Top executives at Encana Corp. and Chesapeake Energy exchanged sensitive information about land deals in Michigan, leading embattled CEO Aubrey McClendon to order the company to renegotiate or delay major land deals in the area, Reuters reported today.  More »
Jody Freeman, a Harvard law professor, was named to the ConocoPhillips board of directors. (Photo: ConocoPhillips)

ConocoPhillips names woman to board after criticism

ConocoPhillips named Jody Freeman, a Harvard law professor, to its board of directors after shareholders expressed concerns about the company’s all-male board.  More »

Iraq crude production overtakes Iran as OPEC trims output

Iraq’s crude production overtook Iran’s last month for the first time in more than two decades as Iran led a decline in OPEC output ahead of a European Union ban on purchases from the nation, according to the producer group.  More »
An inmate takes a break from pedaling a stationary bike to charge car batteries at a prison in Santa Rita do Sapucai, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. An innovative program allows inmates at this medium-security prison to shave days off their sentence in exchange for riding stationary bikes hooked up to converted car batteries that are used to illuminate Santa Rita do Sapucai's town square. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Inmates in Brazilian jail cycle to freedom

Brazilian inmate Ronaldo da Silva was making an escape of a sort as he hopped on a bicycle and pedaled furiously, clocking up several miles (kilometers) before jumping off.  More »