Fuel Fix

This October 2008 photo shows the Fukushima No. 1  power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Okuma, Japan. The country issued a state of emergency at the nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

As Japan shuts down nuclear power, emissions rise

The Fukushima crisis is eroding years of Japanese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, as power plants running on oil and natural gas fill the electricity gap left by now-shuttered nuclear reactors.  More »

BP system to cap out-of-control wells by air

Sitting at a construction yard along Houston’s Ship Channel is a 35-foot-tall, 100-ton hunk of steel that its owners hope never to use.  More »
Fire crews sprayed water on the blazing remnants of BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP file)

BP Gulf spill judge orders Jan. 14 trial on U.S. claims

The judge presiding over the BP Plc litigation tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill set a Jan. 14 trial date to determine fault for the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and resulting undersea leak.  More »
A woman fills up her SUV at a California gas station. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Valero CEO says gas prices likely have peaked

The Eagle Ford shale formation will put out 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day by the end of the year, Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) Chief Executive Officer Bill Klesse said after the company’s annual meeting in San Antonio.  More »
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

McClendon used Wachovia in personal sale after Chesapeake

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon agreed to sell $88 million of his personal oil and gas interests to investment vehicles created by Wachovia Corp. three weeks after his company used the bank in a similar $600 million deal, a court filing shows.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fracking fluids may migrate to aquifers, researcher says

Chemically treated drilling fluid can migrate through thousands of feet of rock and endanger water supplies, said a hydrologist whose research calls into question the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.  More »
(Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Steffy: Energy industry thin skinned

The Offshore Technology Conference is like a big choir with a rotating roster of preachers. Few sour notes are heard.  More »

OTC wraps up after drawing largest crowd in 30 years

Offshore Technology Conference attendees came, they displayed, and at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, they packed up and went home.  More »

OTC event gives high schoolers a look at the industry

The group of 25 or so high school students stopped to examine a model of a jack-up rig at the Cameron booth at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Judge pushes civil trial over BP spill into 2013

The Justice Department wanted the trial to start this summer, but BP asked the judge to wait until after he decides whether to give his final approval to the settlement agreement.  More »
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer pleads not guilty in spill probe

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Pickens said Kurt Mix of Katy applied for a green card to Canada as recently as March and planned to travel to Australia “never to return.”  More »
(Photo: Houston Chronicle)

OTC Guide to Houston’s restaurants and entertainment

Looking for ways to spend your free time during the OTC? Here are guides to some of Houston’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and sites, plus trails for running, which you’ll need to do to work off all those margaritas.  More »