Fuel Fix

Abdalla El-Badri, general secretary of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), speaks during the Oil & Money 2013. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Brent rises amid speculation OPEC will react to oil price

Oil has collapsed into a bear market as leading members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries resisted calls to cut production and U.S. shale boom lifted output to the highest level in three decades.  More »
A Gunnison Sage Grouse. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)

Endangered animals, environmental groups among industry’s biggest foes in 2014

The sage-grouse was just one of several unique species in the way of oil and gas development in protected areas this year.  More »
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

A New Orleans federal judge denied BP’s request for a new trial on a finding that it was grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Harold and Sue Ann Hamm attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Infuential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)

Continental CEO’s ex-wife to appeal $1 billion divorce settlement

Sue Ann Hamm’s settlement was the largest in U.S. history, but could get even bigger.  More »
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One Halliburton worker dead, two injured in Colorado accident

Halliburton Co. confirmed that one worker died and two were injured during an accident in Colorado Thursday.  More »
California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the state would join the lawsuit brought by a BP whistleblower. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California accuses BP of inflating gas contract

The state sued BP in San Francisco County Superior Court this week.  More »
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy Committee, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.,  a member of the committee, speak to reporters about the new urgency to get congressional approval for the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, called for a vote on approving the pipeline. President Barack Obama has delayed a decision on the project that is opposed by environmental groups. Republicans insist that it will create jobs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Keystone XL backers counting votes in Senate

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and other supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline are racing to line up 60 votes in favor of the project, ahead of a milestone vote next Tuesday.  More »
Workers from Halliburton at a hydraulic fracturing site. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in talks for mega deal

Two of the world’s biggest oil field service companies are in talks to fuse their businesses together and end decades of rivalry in a deal that may be valued at more than $20 billion.  More »
(AP file photo/Bob Edme)

Gov’t tells US drivers to get used to cheap gas

In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That is a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago.  More »
Siemens H-class gas turbine rotor stacking (Siemens AG)

Massive Siemens gas turbine takes a ride to Florida

FPL started construction on the $1.2 billion plant in the first quarter of 2014 and expects it to come online in 2016.  More »
(Thomas Shea photo)

Petrochemical construction boom fueling demand for Houston workers

More than 120 petrochemical plants worth $80 billion are slated for construction, or scheduled to open, within the coming years, stoking concerns about a shortage of skilled employees to build and operate the plants once they come online.  More »
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Veteran lobbyist to lead to lead new NRG Home business

NRG Energy has tapped veteran Washington lobbyist Steve McBee to lead its newly-created NRG Home division.  More »
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (Billy Smith II / Chronicle)

Natural gas exports bill gets feds’ attention

Legislation to accelerate natural gas exports could win the Obama administration’s endorsement — with some changes.  More »
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Report: Energy jobs have led economic recovery

The increases in oil and gas industry employment has nearly overtaken the number of all the jobs lost in the last decade, according to a new report  More »
Retired school teacher Elaine Doudna joins about 20 other protesters outside City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., as they speak out against fracking for oil and gas in El Paso County before a city council meeting. "It's something I really, really feel strong about, " Doudna said. Citizen fears about hydraulic fracturing, a drilling procedure used to pry oil and gas from rock deep underground, have made "fracking" the hottest political question in Colorado. Opposition to fracking has also surfaced in Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock, File)

Boulder County drilling moratorium up for vote

The moratorium is set to end on Jan. 1, 2015 and commissioners are meeting Thursday to decide whether to continue it or change it.  More »
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