Fuel Fix

Citizens respond to speakers during a community forum to discuss recent seismic activity related to deep wastewater injection wells, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Study ties oil, gas production to Midwest quakes

Outside experts were split in their opinions about the report, which is not yet published but is due to be presented at a meeting later this month.  More »

Reliant will reveal firms with smart meter grants

Reliant Energy will disclose the names of companies receiving federal grants to develop its smart meter products, after the Department of Energy said the electricity retailer wasn’t complying with transparency rules. Reliant says it had an agreement with the federal agency to keep the recipients’ names private because the information was proprietary, but the Energy […]  More »
A delivery driver connects hoses on a gasoline tanker, prior to replenishing the tanks at a BP station in Pittsburgh. The nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon on Tuesday, March 6,2012. That ended a streak of price hikes that began on Feb. 8.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell to settle hot fuel suits

BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil agreed to settle lawsuits that accused the oil companies of profiting off of “hot fuel,” according to a Kansas City Star story.  More »
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This is an undated handout photo issued by Total E&P UK Ltd of Total's Elgin PUQ (Process/Utilities/Quarters)  platform. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. (AP Photo  / TOTAL E&P UK Ltd)

Total says Elgin Well plugging deemed possible after visit

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, said an onsite team has determined that pumping mud to stop a leaking North Sea well at the Elgin offshore platform may be “achievable.”  More »
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Feds divide up oil spill responsibilities

The Coast Guard and the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced today that they have formally divvied up their responsibilities in case of any offshore oil spill.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Report: Texas oil and gas employment hits record

The number of workers on oil and gas payrolls grew 16 percent over the past year. But the industry is taking a hit on falling natural gas prices.  More »
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Should Americans count their blessings with gas prices?

Gasoline prices are steadily rising toward the $4-mark again this year, causing many Americans to complain about the higher prices at the pump.  More »
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

Better Mont. spill plan eyed by Exxon, agencies

Government agencies are working with Exxon Mobil Corp. to improve oil spill response times along Montana’s upper Yellowstone River following a major spill last year.  More »
This Feb, 13, 2012 photo shows gas prices at Exxon and BP Mini-mart in Scott Township, Pa. Consumer prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in January, pushed up by higher gas, clothing costs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Exxon Mobil told to allow vote on fracturing disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission has turned down a request from Exxon Mobil Corp. to omit a resolution on hydraulic fracturing disclosures from its proxy statement, opening the door for a vote on the proposal at the company’s annual shareholder meeting May 30.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Oil pipelines to Gulf could end logjam

The Securities and Exchange Commission has turned down a request from Exxon Mobil Corp. to omit a resolution on hydraulic fracturing disclosures from its proxy statement, opening the door for a vote on the proposal at the company’s annual shareholder meeting May 30.  More »
Jerry Tharp of Abbeville, La.-based CrabCo estimates that he has lost about $2 million in revenue since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, as the crab population has been especially slow in rebounding since the oil spill. Photo: Adam Lau / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

A huge spill disaster and many smaller ones

Helen Nguyen’s personal picture of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is not filled with leaping flames or miles of spilled oil.  More »
Actor Matt Damon is shown at the Museum of the Moving Image salute to Clint Eastwood and special advance screening of his latest film "Invictus, " in New York. Damon was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical for his role in the film, "The Informant, " Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. The Golden Globe awards will be held Jan. 17 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Dave Allocca, StarPix)

Matt Damon to star in new anti-fracking movie

Matt Damon will star in a new anti-fracking movie set to begin filming in Pittsburgh later this month.  More »
(AP file photo/Marco Garci)

USW, Tesoro still discussing pact in N.D.

United Steelworkers members at Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in Mandan, N.D., voted Wednesday to authorize a strike over Tesoro’s cuts to benefits, a union leader said.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

NRC chief heads to sickly Calif nuke plant

The twin reactors at the San Onofre nuclear plant have been sidelined, more than 300 tubes that carry radioactive water will be scrapped because of excessive wear, and investigators are trying to figure out why tubing is rattling inside the lungs of the plant — its massive steam generators.  More »
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Republican donor Simmons seeks rule to fill Texas dump

Harold Simmons built a West Texas dump for radioactive waste that is bigger than 1,000 football fields and he can’t fill it.  More »