Fuel Fix

The road where the drugs were found was one of many that have been leased to energy companies. / U.S. Border Patrol

Gas drilling a boom for drug traffickers, too

Energy companies boring into the depths of South Texas in the multibillion-dollar hunt for natural gas and oil are opening a growing fissure in U.S.-Mexico border security as they build hundreds of miles of private back roads and an uncharted pipeline to America for drug traffickers.  More »
President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto plans to push for private investment in Mexico's energy industry when the new Congress convenes Sept 1. Photo: Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Will Texas oil companies get a shot at Mexico investments?

The sense of urgency gripping Mexican energy policies could bring big cash to Texas oil patch companies and might eventually include investments in shale gas deposits near the Rio Grande and vast petroleum pools beneath the deepest reaches of the Gulf.  More »
The liquefied natural gas tanker Inigo Tapias makes its way through Boston Harbor past downtown Boston on Jan. 24, 2004. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Natural gas glut a dilemma for Obama

The drilling boom that has led to a glut of natural gas and sent prices to 10-year lows is causing a quandary for the Obama administration, which is struggling to decide whether – and how much – the U.S. should share the bounty with foreign countries.  More »
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Eagle Ford housing crunch continues

There’s oil field work aplenty on the western edge of the Eagle Ford Shale play, but not enough places for workers to live. It’s a simple supply-and-demand equation that should equal more housing, and in a hurry.  More »
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Duke Energy’s troubles far from over, analysts say

Business experts who follow Duke Energy Corp. say the country’s biggest electric company has months of problems ahead after ousting the Progress Energy CEO who had been long been promised the job as chief of the post-merger giant.  More »
Drivers test out the Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show (AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Opinion: Jump-start electric car market via buyers

Much has been made about the U.S. government’s botched $535 million in loan guarantees to Solyndra LLC, the California solar-panel maker whose business imploded, leaving taxpayers burned.  More »
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Abu Dhabi says BP not invited in June to bid for onshore oil

BP Plc (BP/) wasn’t invited last month to bid for onshore oilfield concessions in the United Arab Emirates, the head of state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said.  More »
Workers join sections of pipe on a Trinidad Drilling rig leased by Chesapeake Energy north of Douglas, Wyo. Photo: Alan Rogers / Copyright 2012 CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Chesapeake picks site as base for Ohio operations

Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to headquarter its Utica Shale operations in eastern Ohio at new offices near Canton.  More »
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Proposal has $10M oil impact money for colleges

A proposed budget for North Dakota’s colleges includes $10 million to help ease the impact of oil development in Williston and Dickinson.  More »
A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. A pair of bombs struck two oil pipelines on Friday in southern Iraq, causing a temporary cut in production at the country's largest oil field, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq warns Turkey over separate Kurdish oil deal

Baghdad warned Turkey on Sunday that its separate oil deal with Iraq’s northern self-ruled Kurdish region could damage trade relations, the latest sign of tension between the two neighbors.  More »
Algae-based biofuel is loaded on the Self Defense Test Ship, formally a destroyer, the USS Paul F. Foster, at Naval Base Point Loma undergoing tests using the algae based biofuel in San Diego. (AP Photo/The San Diego Union-Tribune, Howard Lipin)

KU researcher fuels new use of wastewater

A University of Kansas researcher wants wastewater to be less so by using it to manufacture biofuel.  More »
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UAE starts up pipeline to bypass Strait of Hormuz

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday inaugurated a much-anticipated overland oil pipeline that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway.  More »