Fuel Fix

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 )

Anadarko wins ruling on evidence in BP spill case

The first phase of the trial begins Monday.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas will get $6.5 million from MOEX deal

A Deepwater Horizon minority investor agreed today to pay Texas $6.5 million for damage to the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal communities as a result of the 2010 Macondo oil spill, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

Americans support Keystone XL pipeline, poll says

A Pew Research poll found that two-thirds of Americans want to see the Keystone XL pipeline built. But they also want more government regulations of the oil and gas industry.  More »

ConocoPhillips workers learning where they’ll work

ConocoPhillips employees in Bartlesville starting to learn which company they’ll work for when the Houston-based oil company splits into two stand-alone businesses.  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.)

North Alaska may hold 80 trillion cubic feet of shale gas

Alaska’s North Slope shales may hold as much as 80 trillion cubic feet of gas, or more than half the highest estimate for the Marcellus formation, and as much as 2 billion barrels of oil, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  More »
Money Roll

PTT Exploration bids more for Cove than Shell

PTT Exploration & Production Pcl, Thailand’s only listed oil and gas company, offered 1.7 billion for Cove Energy, trumping an earlier bid for the African explorer by Royal Dutch Shell Plc.  More »
(Photo: Chris Keane)

GOP ups attacks on EPA climate rule for power plants

More than 200 U.S. lawmakers, mostly Republicans, urged the Obama administration to pull the plug on greenhouse-gas standards for power plants.  More »
A customer lifts a gas can into his truck after filling it at a Shell station on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Wash.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gas prices got you down? Look at these prices

Gasoline prices have dominated the local and national news as prices at the pump continue to climb toward $4-per-gallon.  More »
(Photo: Flickr, Caston_Corporate)

Apollo group said to be near deal to buy El Paso oil

Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) is leading a group that is near a deal to acquire El Paso Corp. (EP)’s oil-exploration business for about $7 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.  More »
Containment vessels at the site of BP's Macondo well in June 2010. The Helix Q4000 is the platform at the bottom left. (BP Photo)

BP’s fate rests with ex-maritime lawyer

How much BP Plc (BP) will pay for the 2010 explosion of a Gulf of Mexico oil rig that killed 11 people and caused the largest offshore spill in U.S. history may rest in the hands of a former maritime lawyer who began his career representing sailors in personal-injury cases.  More »
Statoil's Polar Pioneer drills in the Skrugard field in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

Statoil says Tanzania discovery may hold oil

Statoil ASA (STL) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)’s largest gas discovery off Tanzania may hold crude oil or natural-gas liquids, opening a new “play” in East Africa, Norway’s biggest oil producer said.  More »
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. September 2011. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

Higher gas prices cloud Obama’s re-election hopes

Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics.  More »
A section of land inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.  (AP Photo)

Murkowski says ‘ANWR will happen’ — but not soon

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday that drilling will happen in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but people shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for it.  More »
In this photo provided by Greenpeace, actress Lucy Lawless, left, joins activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Lawless, a native New Zealander, best known for her title role in "Xena: Warrior Princess," climbed the oil-drilling ship bound for the Arctic to try and stop it from leaving. (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Nigel Marple)

Actress Lucy Lawless climbs oil-drilling ship

Television actress Lucy Lawless climbed aboard an oil-drilling ship Friday in New Zealand, joining six Greenpeace activists to try to stop the vessel from setting off for the Arctic.  More »
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

Firefighters snuff out Galveston crude oil blaze

Firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday after it burned a storage tank containing 12,000 barrels of oil in Galveston.  More »