Fuel Fix

Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Americans gripe about gasoline prices as summer driving begins

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Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad. (AP photo: Nabil al-Jourani)

Only 3 of 12 lots sold in Iraqi energy auction

Iraq’s government signed deals for only three of 12 oil and natural gas exploration sites offered in a two-day energy auction that ended Thursday, reflecting reluctance of foreign bidders to risk money in unexplored areas.  More »
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Dry holes illustrate deep-water drilling gamble

Two headline-grabbing oil prospecting failures in a week’s span offer a fresh reminder of the high-stakes gamble that is offshore drilling.  More »
TNK-BP headquarters in Moscow (AP file photo/Misha Japaridze)

Steffy: For BP, it’s from Russia, with heartache

The TNK-BP venture is symbolic of both BP’s ambitions and its persistent difficulty in executing those ambitions.  More »
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Warming gas levels hit ‘troubling milestone’

The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Chesapeake Energy investors must wait on bid to delay meeting

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) investors must wait until June 5 to have a judge consider requests to delay the company’s annual meeting so shareholders can gather more information on Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s financial dealings, according to court filings.  More »
Heather Zichal said, “It’s hard to overstate how natural gas and our ability to access more of it than ever has become a game changer." (Photo: Heather Zichal)

Obama’s aide on climate change seeking oil, gas allies

Heather Zichal spent her early days in the Obama administration pushing a climate-change bill in Congress that oil and gas companies helped to derail.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Judge outlines new plan for Gulf oil spill trial

A federal judge has outlined a new structure for a trial of Gulf oil spill claims that wouldn’t be resolved by a proposed class-action settlement between BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys.  More »
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, OK, to discuss his energy policy, on March, 22, 2012. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Nebraska high court won’t take up pipeline case

The Nebraska Supreme Court has refused to hear a direct challenge to the state’s new pipeline siting law.  More »
Workers examine solar panels at a manufacturer of photovoltaic products in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. (AP Photo)

US again imposes clean-energy tariffs on China

The Obama administration moved Wednesday to impose stiff new tariffs on wind-energy towers made in China, the latest strike in an escalating trade war over clean energy.  More »
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Proposed ND oil pipeline could be scrapped

A Colorado company says its proposed $650 million pipeline that would move 150,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily to a hub in Minnesota is at risk of being scrapped.  More »
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Ad campaign uses dead presidents to make nat gas pitch

The ghosts of dead presidents will be coming soon to Houston movie theaters, courtesy of a new campaign by the American Clean Skies Foundation, a natural gas advocacy group.  More »