Fuel Fix

A man on a bus holds up a banner reading in Spanish "Today with Cristina we recovered YPF" during a demonstration in support of a bill proposed by Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez outside the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, April 16, 2012. Fernandez on Monday proposed a bill to expropriate 51 percent of the shares of YPF oil company that is controlled by Spain's Repsol, moving ahead with the plan despite fierce opposition from Madrid. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Repsol threatens to sue firms that help Argentina

Spanish energy firm Repsol warned Monday that it would consider legal action against companies or investors that help Argentina exploit petroleum Repsol had planned to tap before its Argentine unit YPF was nationalized.  More »
OLD DO NOT USE  Jim Mulva, CEO of ConocoPhillips, talks with reporters in Houston. (Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips 1Q profit drops 3 pct

ConocoPhillips says first-quarter profit dropped 3 percent due to a decline in production following the sale of billions of dollars of assets.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Drilling raises complex issues

The stories coming out of the oil fields in South and West Texas sound like tall tales: overnight wealth, billions in industry investment and an unbuilt hotel in Odessa that’s already booked for two years.  More »
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The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Steffy: Apache again tries to silence an investor – but fails this time

Few companies have worked harder than Apache Corp. in recent years to silence the voices of their shareholders.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

After 4-month surge, gas prices start falling

The worst is over, for now. Gasoline prices are starting to fall.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Drilling in deep Gulf getting busy again

Drilling in the deep Gulf of Mexico is becoming robust two years after the oil spill that prompted a six-month moratorium on deep-water exploration, but more of the work now is left to large companies.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Earthquake link not stopping Ohio wastewater wells

Earthquakes in northeastern Ohio linked to the injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth haven’t slowed applications for more injection wells.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Fracking-linked earthquakes spurring state regulations

With scientific evidence emerging that wastewater from oil and gas drilling is the possible cause of earthquakes, states are adding new requirements for disposal wells.  More »
People fill the tanks of their vehicules at an YPF station in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Thursday, April 12, 2012. Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria  has warned that the government will interpret any "hostile gestures" against Spanish companies abroad as an act of aggression, in an apparent reference to a conflict with Argentina over an oil company controlled by Spain's Repsol. YPF,  which is 57 per cent owned by Repsol,  has rejected Argentine government pressure to plough some of its profits back into the South American country.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Energy crisis provokes Argentine YPF expropriation

Less than a decade ago, Argentina was an exporter of oil and natural gas. Now the government has to spend billions of dollars to import fuel.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

As Bakken oil booms, police prepare for change

Booming oil production across a wide expanse of the Northern Plains is forcing law enforcement from the U.S. and Canada to gird for a spike in crimes ranging from drug trafficking and gun offenses to prostitution.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans say ‘all of the above’ not enough

Nothing sticks in Republicans’ craws quite like President Barack Obama’s claim that oil production has increased during his administration — except maybe his adoption of the phrase “all of the above” to describe his energy philosophy.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Chesapeake 25% decline seen spurred by personal conflict

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon has been adding oil fields to his personal holdings faster than he can find cash to drill them. He’s steering the company down the same road.  More »