Fuel Fix

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 »
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

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 »
This undated photo provided by Trust For Public Lands shows a portion of the Fleming Ranch, purchased by the U.S. Forest Service for $1.5 million for to add to the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. The purchase is one of 28 in 15 states financed by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is funded by Congress with fees paid by companies drilling for offshore oil and gas. (AP Photo/Trust for Public Lands, Maria Grants)

Drilling fees pay for new national forest lands

Offshore drilling fees are financing the purchase of $41.6 million worth of new national forest lands in 15 states.  More »
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A New York City taxi driver pumps gas at a BP mini-mart, in New York. Experts say pump prices are rising on the expectation that supplies will dip next month while refineries switch from winter to summer gasoline blends. Forecasts see gas rising as high as $4.25 per gallon in late April.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

2 new ethanol blender pumps operating in Nebraska

Two new gas pumps in Broken Bow and Aurora will make it easier for Nebraska drivers to find fuels with more than 10 percent ethanol.  More »
China has been seen as a prime export market for U.S. coal. (AP photo)

Activists sue EPA to finish coal ash regulation

Health, environmental and community activists have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to finish long-awaited regulations restricting how power companies can dispose of the toxic chemical-containing leftovers from burning coal ash.  More »
Marathon acquired its Detroit refinery with the purchase of Aurora Gasoline Company in 1959. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Marathon to pay emissions penalty, upgrade refinery equipment

Marathon Petroleum Company plans to add new air state-of-the-art pollution controls to several of its refineries, allowing it to simultaneously pioneer new combustion control equipment and resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.  More »
(AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Conoco, partners suspend $16 billion gas pipeline project

ConocoPhillips and its partners suspended funding for a proposed $16.3 billion pipeline that would bring natural gas from northern Canada to U.S. markets, citing low prices for the fuel.  More »
BP's Atlantis platform in the Gulf. (BP image)

Former BP contractor seeks judgment in suit alleging Gulf platform is dangerous

Former BP contractor Kenneth Abbott has asked a federal judge in Houston to issue a judgment upholding his claims that BP made false certifications in permit applications for its Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Gasoline prices stall for now, rise to come

Gasoline prices are holding steady just under the $4-mark, but analysts warn Houston drivers could see a sudden rise at the pump as refineries switch to summer-blend gasoline.  More »
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Gas line break causes shelter-in-place at port, nearby industries

Workers at the Port of Houston Authority’s Jacinto Port terminal were told to shelter in place after a bulldozer at a nearby construction site hit a gas line about 9:15 a.m. Thursday, a port spokeswoman said.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Oil, gas industry groups seek to join lawsuit

A coalition of oil and gas industry companies is challenging a group of municipalities who are suing the state of Pennsylvania over a new law that aims to regulate gas drilling.  More »
Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Car buyers reacting differently to gas price hike this time

When gas prices spiked in 2008, people “in droves” traded in big SUVs for much smaller cars, recalled Mark Rehkopf, vice president of Russell & Smith Ford, Honda and Mazda dealerships.  More »
In this photo taken July, 2009, an unidentified ADM employee secures a tanker truck loaded up with ethanol at the Archer Daniels Midland Company plant in Decatur, Ill. While a Senate vote to end a tax credit that's helped build the ethanol industry in the United States signals that the subsidy's days may be numbered, corn farmers and ethanol makers hope they can convince Congress to compromise and agree to preserve but reduce subsidies. But agricultural economists say the ethanol industry has grown up over the last few years and doesn't need the help, and they doubt farmers or their customers in the ethanol industry would be hurt much if the subsidy dies. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Lawmakers tackle obstacles to new ethanol blend

The federal government has given filling stations the green light to sell gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, but that doesn’t mean motorists can count on buying the blend anytime soon.  More »

Oil recovery in southeast Mont. slated for 2013

A Texas company said Wednesday it is planning to revive production in a 45-year-old southeastern Montana oil field by pumping carbon dioxide deep underground to free up an estimated 30 million barrels of trapped crude.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania high court takes appeal on Marcellus gas rights

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a dispute over Marcellus Shale natural-gas rights that could affect thousands of drilling leases in the state.  More »