Fuel Fix

The Douglas Channel, the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project at Kitamaat, British Columbia, Canada. Rio Tinto Alcans smelter is at left and the town of Kitamaat at upper right. The fear of oil spills is especially acute in this pristine corner of northwest British Columbia, with its snowcapped mountains and deep ocean inlets. People here still remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, and oil is still leaking from the Queen of the North, a ferry that sank off nearby Hartley Bay six years ago. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Canadian natural-gas producers to disclose fracking fluids

Canadian natural-gas producers have voluntarily adopted standards to disclose fluids used in hydraulic fracturing amid investigations into the risks posed by the drilling technique in Canada and the U.S.  More »
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Experts: US ill-prepared for oil spill off Cuba

The U.S. is not ready to handle an oil spill if drilling off the Cuban coast should go awry but can be better prepared with monitoring systems and other basic steps, experts told government officials.  More »
Lisa Richlin stands in front of her home along Route 220 near Laporte, Pa., while talking about the number of accidents there. Richlin is in court with Central New York Oil and Gas Company LLC on trying to get them to move a proposed entrance road for building the MARC 1 pipeline from a couple hundred yards north of her home along Route 220 to a site a couple hundred yards south of her home. (AP Photo/Jimmy May)

Landowners fight eminent domain in Pa. gas field

When federal regulators approved a 39-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Pennsylvania’s pristine Endless Mountains, they cited the operator’s assurances that it would make sparing use of eminent domain as it negotiated with more than 150 property owners along the pipeline’s route.  More »

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Deadline looms for refiners and unions to reach agreement. Could Canada build refineries to keep oil sands local?  More »
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Oil prices dip below $99 a barrel

The Commerce Department said Americans kept a tighter grip on their wallets in December.  More »
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Zombie costumes prompt suit against public utility

The Tennessee Valley Authority has been sued for enforcing a ban on costumes at a board meeting in Knoxville weeks after people dressed like zombies protested restarting construction of a nuclear plant they described as a “corpse.”  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)

South Mobile students still suffering from spill

For the children of south Mobile County, the effects of 2010′s Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t wash away as shorelines were cleared of tarballs and as waters reopened to fishing.  More »
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Texas ain’t the oil king that it used to be

Texas used to be a king of the energy industry, but Texas circa-2012 isn’t the same oil giant that it was in the 1970s – in fact few states are, according to a new report.  More »
THE Texas Department of Transportation and City of Tyler street workers repair a sinkhole Friday. The sinkhole on Front Street, also known as State Highway 31, forced the shutdown of one lane of traffic. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tom Worner)

Highway bill an unlikely vehicle for partisan energy fights

A bill that might otherwise have served only to build the nation’s roads and bridges may end up burning bridges — albeit figuratively — between the two parties early this year.  More »
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US reps want rules for drillers seeking Cuba oil

U.S. Rep. David Rivera wants to hold foreign companies that drill for oil off the coast of Cuba liable for any oil spills that reach U.S. shores.  More »
In this Thursday, March 24, 2011 photo, a cluster of houses is seen in Port Harcourt in Nigeria's Delta region.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria to ask for compensation from Shell on Bonga spill

Nigeria will “soon” ask for compensation for an oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, President Goodluck Jonathan said.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner says highway bill fair game for Keystone XL provision

House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will include legislative language approving the pipeline in a bill extending highway programs if need be. Also Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced a long-awaited Keystone XL bill in the Senate.  More »
Transocean's Marianas semisubmersible drilling rig. (Photo: Transocean)

Steffy: Executive crew change continues at Transocean

Another financial executive has left Transocean. Robert Shaw, who was named vice president, controller and principal accounting officer in December, is leaving “to pursue other opportunities,” the company said in a regulatory filing.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Could North America be the next energy hub?

North America is poised to become the “new Middle East” of energy exports by the next decade, according to a Citigroup analyst.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

Low prices deflate natural gas rush

A precipitous plunge in natural gas prices has turned the national shale gas rush into a retreat.  More »