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This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Petrobras warns may be liable in $11 billion Chevron case

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), Brazil’s state-controlled oil producer, may be liable for 30 percent of any damages Chevron Corp. (CVX) must pay in relation to a November spill off Rio de Janeiro’s coast.  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)

W.Va. couple sues Chesapeake over fouled well

Two Northern Panhandle residents are suing Chesapeake Appalachia LLC over well water contamination they believe was caused by natural gas drilling.  More »
Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total weighs stake in gas pipeline to Europe from Caspian Sea

Total SA (FP), Europe’s third-largest energy company, may join a pipeline to carry Caspian natural gas across Turkey as the European Union seeks to cut dependence on Russian fuel.  More »
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One of EnCana's SAGD oilsands operations located near Christina Lake.

Encana in play as Petronas seeks natural gas

Malaysia’s bid to secure natural gas supplies in Canada is turning Encana Corp. (ECA) and Talisman Energy Inc. into two of the industry’s cheapest targets.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Gas well snapshot shows high-producing Ohio wells

Natural gas wells using the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing are producing at a much higher rate than traditional wells, according to the first look at production figures from nine active wells in the Utica Shale formation in eastern Ohio.  More »
The Trans-Alaska pipeline (Photo: BP)

Speaker: Oil tax bill unlikely to pass by April 15

House Speaker Mike Chenault said it’s “very unlikely” an oil tax bill will pass before the legislative session’s scheduled adjournment.  More »
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discuss North Dakota's oil boom after visiting a rig drilling wells in the Bakken formation for Newfield Exploration Co. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Drilling review process to speed up

The Obama administration will announce plans Tuesday to speed up the review process for oil and gas companies seeking to drill on U.S. lands. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is set to tout the change as he finishes a two-day tour of booming oil and gas exploration in North Dakota.  More »
A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

EPA moves closer to OK of 15 percent ethanol gasoline

Most ethanol fuel sold for passenger cars and pickups today is 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas.  More »
CO2 emissions

Carbon capture main technology challenge for industry

Finding cost-effective methods to store captured carbon will be one of the main technology challenges ahead for the oil and gas industry, Shell’s chief scientist said at a chemical engineering conference.  More »
Antelope graze not far from gas drilling rigs in western Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin. (Photo: Mead Gruver, Associated Press)

EPA pushes off air rules for oil and natural gas

The Environmental Protection Agency will delay promulgating its long-awaited air standards for the oil and natural gas for two weeks, citing the need for more time to review public comments, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

GM adds week to Volt plant’s usual summer closure

General Motors Co. will suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt for an extra week this summer as it tries to control the electric car’s inventory.  More »
NRG's Parish power plant in Fort Bend County was designed to use lower-sulfur Powder River Basin coal in anticipation of more stringent air quality regulations. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

It may not be king, but coal still wields power

These would seem to be dark days for coal.  More »
Spectra's Egan Hub facility near Lake Charles, LA.

Permit sought to build La. gas export terminal

Energy Transfer Equity LP said Monday it has filed for permission from federal regulators to build its proposed natural gas export terminal at Lake Charles.  More »
Atlantic bottlenose dolphin affected by oil spill

Agency stops seismic tests; worries about dolphins

With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana’s coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from doing seismic tests known to disturb marine mammals.  More »

Chevron Phillips to build large chemical plant

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company announced plans today to build the world’s largest plant by capacity for a key component of plastic resin in Baytown.  More »