Fuel Fix


Southwestern Energy pushes natural gas vehicles with truck giveaway

Natural gas producer Southwestern Energy is investing $2.3 million in an effort to raise public support for compressed natural gas transportation, including giving away 21 CNG trucks to employees.  More »
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ERCOT estimates tight but manageable summer power supply

Texas’ grid operator predicts tight electricity supplies during the coming summer’s hottest days, but believes the state can avoid rotating power outages.  More »
Workers check solar panels in Yulin, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Xiao)

Clean-power bill would boost natural gas, renewables

Large retail power companies would have to roughly double how much low-carbon power, such as solar, they sell by 2035 under legislation unveiled today by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Senate energy committee chairman.  More »
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Gasoline prices continue three-week rise

Rising gasoline prices don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas in 2011. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Eagle Ford deals with downside of dramatic growth

The buzzword for Day One of the Eagle Ford Consortium’s inaugural conference: overwhelmed.  More »
The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

Bill Clinton says Keystone XL should be built on new route

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline should be built using an alternate route around the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills of Nebraska, former President Bill Clinton said.  More »
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Rising gas prices spur politicians to make bold claims

Soaring gasoline prices tempt politicians in a way that many can’t resist.  More »
Demonstrators for the Keystone XL pipeline, right, and a demonstrator against the pipeline meet outside Pershing Auditorium near the state Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. before a hearing on the pipeline. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Keystone XL pipeline may raise U.S. gas prices

TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project backers including Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum say will create cheaper U.S. gasoline, instead risks raising prices as much as 20 cents a gallon in the Midwest, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.  More »
A sign warning off trespassers sits the shore off Shamrock Island, near Aransas Pass, Texas. Shell Oil is paying $500,000 for the first phase of a $2.3 million project to restore the island, a nesting habitat for more than 20,000 birds. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Shell, environmental group team up to save island

An eroding Texas island where more than 20,000 birds nest in scraggly trees and on a narrow patch of sand will be built back up thanks to a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Texas and Shell Oil.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
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Brazil judge denies injunction against Chevron

A Brazilian judge has turned down a request by federal prosecutors to halt all activities in Brazil of San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., according to court records posted online Wednesday.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: I pressed Obama on Keystone XL

Republican leaders of the House and Senate said they had a “positive” lunch with President Obama over a wide range of policies on Wednesday, including energy. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he also used the opportunity to press the president on the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Nigeria president visits village near rig fire

Nigeria’s president attempted to calm anger in villages Monday near a Chevron Corp. offshore natural gas rig that has been engulfed in a raging fire for weeks, though no official could say when the inferno will be extinguished.  More »
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Kinder Morgan’s El Paso deal may proceed, judge rules

El Paso shareholders are scheduled to vote on the offer March 6.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Shell seeks to prevent late challenge to Chukchi spill plan

Shell Oil Co. has requested a legal review of its own oil-spill response plan for drilling in the Chukchi Sea, an unconventional move the company said is aimed at preventing a last-minute challenge from environmental groups that could once again delay its ambitions.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP photo)

Murkowski: Obama partially right on gas-price solutions

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski today said she agreed with President Obama that no short-term fixes exist for rising gasoline prices. But she suggested Obama’s rhetoric for more oil-and-gas production as part of an “all-of-the-above” strategy hasn’t matched his actions.  More »