Fuel Fix

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 »
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Coal-plant plunge threatens billions in pollution spend

The coal-fired power industry in the U.S. is facing the biggest plunge in asset values in a decade, risking billions of dollars in pollution-control spending by utilities such as Exelon Corp. (EXC) and American Electric Power Co.  More »
Logos are seen illuminated above the Porsche AG plant in Stuttgart. Guenter Schiffmann/Bloomberg

Porsche looks at energy to ready for post-911 role

Porsche SE, the holding company controlling a majority stake in Volkswagen AG (VOW) after a botched takeover attempt four years ago, will probably soon be investing more in energy than in sports cars.  More »
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Refinery workers to return to job after Delta deal

Some of the workers who lost their jobs at a suburban Philadelphia refinery last year are going back to work after Delta Air Lines completed a deal to reopen the facility and make its own jet fuel.  More »
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Tropic Storm Debby shuts in oil and gas production

Offshore oil and natural gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico continued evacauting people from facilities and shutting down production Sunday.  More »
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Shell gears up to tap into Arctic crude again

A new chapter in U.S. oil exploration could open within days as Shell sails into seas north of Alaska  More »