Fuel Fix

This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

EU deadlocked on oil sands carbon-value plan

A European Union committee of experts failed to reach a decision on a proposal opposed by Canada to classify tar-sand oil as more polluting than conventional crude.  More »
A unicyclist rides pass a gasoline pricing sign in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The perils of live reporting on gasoline prices

See what happens when two stations report about gas prices.  More »
(Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle)

Katy motorists see lower prices due to price war

Richard Little could barely contain his smile when he saw the price of gasoline on West Little York Road.  More »
Frank Campo, owner of Campo Marina, pauses as he discusses the threats to the region and his livelihood from the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig at his Marina in Shell Beach, La., on May 1, 2010.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP spill victims still feel economic impact as trial nears

Louisiana oysterman Terrance M. Shelley was struggling to keep up with demand by New Orleans restaurants before BP Plc (BP/)’s Macondo well blew out in April 2010, crippling the processing plant he opened six months earlier.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Obama to address gas prices, pitch energy policy

President Barack Obama is confronting Americans’ anxiety over rising gasoline prices by drawing attention to his energy policies and taking credit for rising oil and gas production, a greater mix of energy sources and decreased consumption.  More »
(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

NY court decision bolsters anti-fracking movement

A New York court decision has bolstered a movement among towns determined to prevent the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders.  More »
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Energy exec. says ex-Okla. senator was not bribed

An energy company executive told a 12-member jury Wednesday the company hired the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate for his legal services and that payments he received were not a bribe.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron cited in Kern County oil field death

State investigators say Chevron Corp. failed to put certain safety procedures in writing before a 54-year-old employee fell into a sinkhole and died on a company oil field in Kern County.  More »
(AP file photo/George Osodi)

Shell bid starts race for African gas fields

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s $1.6 billion bid for Cove Energy Plc (COV) starts a race to develop natural-gas fields off Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coast that may hold more than Norway’s entire reserves.  More »
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Obama urged to resist calls to use oil reserves amid Iran risks

President Barack Obama should resist calls to combat rising gas prices with oil from U.S. reserves, which must be available in the event Iran blocks a pathway for a fifth of the crude heading to market, Republicans say.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

BP, Anadarko ruled liable for pollution law violations

“BP and Anadarko are liable for civil penalties under the act because they are both owners of the offshore facility from which oil discharged,” Judge Carl Barbier said.  More »
Pres. Barack Obama (AP file photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama corporate-tax plan would boost clean energy

The corporate tax plan President Obama outlined on Wednesday would roll back oil-and-gas industry tax breaks while promoting more development of renewable energy such as wind and solar.  More »
Mohammad Rezaie changes the gas prices at his Union 76 gas station in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  The price of oil is flirting with $100 per barrel for the first time since the summer, as fears fade that Europe's debt crisis will spread and trigger another recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Gas prices again fueling energy policy debate

Gasoline prices have once again risen to the forefront of energy policy debate, resulting in a political back-and-forth among lawmakers, interest groups and the Obama administration.  More »
A visitor passes a production map of the United States for one of the exhibitors at the Winter NAPE Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo: Brett Coomer / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

NAPE conference focuses criticism on Obama

The annual NAPE Conference provided a forum for the oil and gas industry to target administration policies that critics say have limited domestic fossil fuel production.  More »
Hart Energy Executive Vice President and Board member, Frederick L. Potter.

Hart Energy executive dies after battle with cancer

Energy industry publisher Hart Energy announced that Frederick L. Potter, the Houston firm’s executive vice president and a board member, died after a two year battle with cancer.  More »