Fuel Fix

Prices for regular and diesel are posted in front of a service station in Mercer Island, Wash., near Seattle. A four-day rise in oil prices stalled Wednesday following a weak report on Chinese manufacturing and lingering concerns about Greece's bailout. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for oils produced in the U.S., fell 46 cents to $105.79 a barrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gasoline prices drop across the nation

Daily rises at the pump seem to be a thing of the past – at least, for now.  More »
Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Wall Street speculation blamed for gas price spike

Public anger over high gasoline prices is turning to a familiar target — Wall Street.  More »
Robert Drummond, president of Schlumberger North America, (left) talks about his company as Jeremy Aumaugher, south division operations manager, listens to questions about expansion of their business to support clients in the Eagle Ford Shale. Photo: TOM REEL, San Antonio Express-News / San Antonio Express-News

Schlumberger opens base in Bexar

Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil-field services company, threw open the doors Wednesday to its new operations plant in southern Bexar County, where it was drawn by proximity to the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
Ohio Governor John Kasich, left, speaking as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, right, looks on during panel discussion the annual CERA Week energy conference at the Hilton Americas  Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Energy leaders urge transparency to win public support

Energy executives warned Wednesday that the oil and gas industry will lose a public relations war unless it takes a more proactive approach to environmental concerns as it attempts to capitalize on a massive natural gas supply.  More »
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7 tips for how to save money on gasoline

Spikes in gasoline prices occur so regularly that ways to combat them should be almost second nature to car owners.  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)

Shell to keep shale drilling investment stable

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, won’t increase its spending on drilling shale fields this year due to low natural-gas prices.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Offshore safety agency’s job plan faulted by Republican lawmaker

A plan to hire inspectors and engineers by the U.S. offshore oil safety unit, created after the BP Plc (BP/) spill two years ago, drew a rebuke from a Republican lawmaker.  More »
Mark Cleland, from Austintown, Ohio, participates in a protest outside Wells Academy/Steubenville High School Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Steubenville, Ohio. Gov. John Kasich is expected to highlight the themes of education and shale gas drilling in his State of the State address Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio Gov. Kasich says planning wellhead tax on oil, gas

Ohio Governor John Kasich said he will introduce a tax for oil and natural-gas producers and is trying to avoid a drain on the state’s services as the Utica basin is developed.  More »
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Shell to stop Iran oil purchases ahead of deadline

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will stop buying oil from Iran within several weeks, ahead of a July deadline imposed by the European Union.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Bill would have Kan. regulators oversee fracturing

A bill that would give the Kansas Corporation Commission specific authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing of natural gas in the state is drawing support from an unusual coalition of advocates for energy and the environment.  More »
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

Senate to vote on Keystone XL, drilling amendments to highway bill

Two measures pertaining to a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline are among those that will get votes Thursday as amendments to sweeping Senate transportation legislation, under an agreement announced late Wednesday night. Also up for consideration is a GOP amendment that would expand offshore drilling to certain waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  More »
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Natural gas drops to a 10-year low; oil rises

Relatively warm weather, combined with a boom in production, has left storage facilities bloated with more gas than normal.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama touts alternative fuels, efficiency to cut oil use

President Obama touted policies his administration is pursuing to cut vehicle oil use, ranging from fuel-efficiency standards to natural-gas-powered trucks, amid ongoing political debate over gasoline prices.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

CERA: U.S. weighing LNG exports

The Obama administration is considering permits for export of liquefied natural gas so the nation can market its growintg supply of natural gas, an official told CERAWeek participants.  More »
Chevron CEO and Chairman John Watson. left, Shell Oil U.S. President Marvin Odum, BP America President and Chairman H. Lamar McKay and ConocoPhilips CEO and Chairman James Mulva testify before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2011. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal government won’t rush offshore drilling permits

Federal regulators won’t rush the issuance of offshore drilling permits amid ongoing Republican criticism that the Obama administration has slowed the rate of approvals, said James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.  More »