Fuel Fix


Debby reduces Gulf production by 44 percent

Exxon Mobil Corp. is resuming normal operations in the Gulf of Mexico after evacuating some staff and shutting in production because of Tropical Storm Debby, the company said Monday.  More »
An Energy XXI platform in Grand Isle in the Gulf of Meixco. Energy XXI is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company whose growth strategy emphasizes acquisitions, enhanced by its value-added organic drilling program. Energy XXI will be recognized in the Chronicle 100 special section.

Energy XXI builds on successful year to rank 8th

Energy XXI had a big year in 2010, and it showed in 2011.  More »
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pa. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Linn Energy to buy BP’s Jonah Field acreage for $1.03 billion

Linn Energy LLC (LINE) agreed to buy BP Plc (BP/)’s oil and natural-gas fields in Wyoming’s Jonah Field for $1.03 billion.  More »
In this photo from summer 2012, Shell engineer Shawn Gelsinger speaks about the company's planned Arctic drilling while on the drilling floor at the center of the Kulluk conical drilling unit. From left: Shawn Gelsinger, Shell's vice president of Alaska operations Pete Slaiby, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Concessions to natives & regulators paved way for Shell’s Arctic drilling

For four years, the public face of Shell’s Alaska venture has been working to convince federal regulators and native Alaskans that the company’s plans to search for crude underneath arctic waters can be done safely, without harming whales, walruses and the subsistence hunters that depend on them for food.  More »
Linn Energy CFO Kolja Rockov, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Charlene Ripley, Chairman, President & CEO Mark Ellis, COO Arden Walker, and Senior Vice President of Business Development David Rottino celebrated Linn s fifth anniversary as a publicly traded company by ringing the Nasdaq closing bell in April 2011. Several local unitholders joined them for the event, and they all wore ties with Linn colors.

Linn Energy ranks 9th among public companies

Linn Energy last year logged more than $1.5 bil- lion worth of acquisitions, which helped boost the oil and natural gas company’s bottom line.  More »
Plant Operators at the control room, pipes, towers and fractional facilities at Enterprise refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. For the Chronicle: Thomas B. Shea

Chron 100: Infrastructure funding pays off

Enterprise Products Partners amassed a plump project portfolio in 2011, spending billions to expand its network of pipelines in the nation’s busy shale plays.  More »
This drilling rig is working in the South Texas Eagle Ford where, as the largest crude oil producer in the play, EOG Resources had drilled 375 wells through year end 2011 and has plans to drill 3,200 more over the next decade or so.

Houston’s top-performing companies benefit from oil’s resurgence

Last year’s strong crude prices returned oil producers to the top of the Chronicle 100, our annual ranking of Houston’s publicly traded companies. In recent years, many slid in the rankings as oil prices lagged from the national recession. But last year’s rebound restored oil producers to their past glory.  More »
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Hickory deploys a containment boom as part of an oil spill response drill in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Photo By The Coast Guard Cutter Hickory. / HC

Coast Guard girds for heavier traffic in the Arctic

The Coast Guard is bolstering its armada of ships, planes and people in Alaska in anticipation of Shell’s planned oil drilling this summer and a surge of other commercial traffic.  More »
An inflatable boom stretches between two vessels near Valdez during a Shell training exercise for responding to an oil spill. The company is preparing for drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska. Shell has a flotilla of oil recovery ships. Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / HC

Shell tries to contain skepticism in Arctic

Against the backdrop of Alaska’s snow-topped Chugach Mountains and in the same waters that were spoiled by the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than two decades ago, Shell Oil Co. has been training recruits in skills it hopes they never have to use.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Oil patch health providers in ND trying new ideas

If you’re not an established patient at Williston’s Mercy Medical Center, it can take weeks to get an appointment for an acute need.  More »
An official at Saudi Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field in Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

Saudi Arabia won’t cut oil output this summer

Saudi Arabia won’t reduce oil production in the coming three months even if oil prices continue to drop, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported, citing unidentified people aware of the country’s output plans.  More »
Shareholders have criticized Chesapeake’s board for failing to rein in what they’ve seen as Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending at the company. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

Steffy: The new Chesapeake chairman’s résumé

Will Archie Dunham bring a sense of Pride to Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s board?  More »