Fuel Fix

Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Technology companies, not energy giants, dominate world brands

Energy companies might power the world, but they aren’t among the world’s most popular brand names.  More »
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (left) talks to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a  signing ceremony in Russia in 2011. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Putin adviser renews dealmaker role outside Kremlin

Vladimir Putin’s energy czar Igor Sechin, who laid the groundwork for $500 billion in potential investments with Western oil companies, is set to push ahead with the plans even after changing jobs under a new government.  More »
A Kinder Morgan Energy Parterns oil terminal along the Houston Ship Channel (Photo: Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan reduces size of Trans Mountain pipe expansion

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP reduced the size of its planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline by 12 percent to 750,000 barrels a day because fewer shippers than expected have committed to the oil conduit.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hotels try to entice holiday travelers with free gas

Budgeting for the Memorial Day weekend might be a bit easier this year.  More »
(Photo: Zachi Evenor/Flickr)

Israel Energy says has funds, plans gas drilling in early june

Israel Land Development Co. Energy Ltd., a natural-gas explorer, plans to drill early next month off the country’s Mediterranean coast and has funds needed to complete the testing work, its chief executive officer said.  More »
A "no vacancy" sign is seen in the window of a motel, May 9, 2012, in Kennedy, Texas. A UTSA report says South Texas's Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas bonanza supported nearly 48,000 jobs last year while creating overnight boom towns cashing in on a $25 billion economic windfall. The energy rush that started in 2008 mushroomed into nearly 1,700 wells last year. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Camps everywhere, but few homes in the Eagle Ford

Oil and gas production has attracted a slew of new hotels, truck traffic and RV parks to South Texas.  More »
Thierry Pilenko, CEO of Technip (Bloomberg)

Technip CEO says technology buy means new U.S. opportunities

Technip’s purchase of key process technology will give it a chance to pursue new opportunities in the U.S., its CEO says. It also will gain 500 employees in Houston.  More »
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Romney oil adviser also a big super PAC donor

Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm didn’t wait long to make a nearly $1 million donation to a group supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after he became one of Romney’s top energy advisers in March. Just weeks after Hamm joined the Romney campaign, he gave $985,000 to a pro-Romney super PAC, according to campaign reports.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

OH docs can’t reveal drilling chemicals to public

Doctors given new access to the proprietary chemical recipes that oil and gas drillers use to crack into Ohio shale would be prohibited from sharing the information with the public under an energy proposal moving through the Ohio House.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Environmental groups says Keystone XL will raise gas prices

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed pipeline to carry crude from the oil sands of Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would increase gasoline prices, according to a report from an environmental group that opposes the project.  More »
Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

ND oil boom city reaping prosperity, problems

Oil has brought enormous economic prosperity to the busiest city in North Dakota’s booming oil patch but also has exacerbated problems in housing, infrastructure and traffic, even pushing some “stressed out” older residents to move away, Williston Mayor Ward Koeser told industry and government officials Tuesday.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Ohio considers rules that opponents say favor frackers

The Ohio House is preparing to vote on rules for natural-gas drillers that Republican Governor John Kasich calls among the nation’s toughest, even as environmentalists say they let companies decide which industrial chemicals stay secret.  More »