Fuel Fix

The blowout preventer stack, right,  and lower marine riser stack, left, from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which was examined as evidence for federal investigations, are seen at the NASA Michaud Assembly facility in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Cameron loses appeal on plan for Gulf spill trial

Cameron contended that claims against the company fall under the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which allows for a jury trial.  More »
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Turkey, Azerbaijan sign pipeline deal

Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an agreement today to establish a consortium that would build a pipeline to transport 565 billion cubic feet per year of Azeri gas to Turkey and Europe.  More »
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Morgantown lets illegal drilling ban stay on books

Morgantown is keeping a municipal ban on Marcellus shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing on the books even though a judge has declared it unconstitutional and unenforceable.  More »

A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND rules order disclosure of ‘frack’ fluids

Proposed new North Dakota rules say oil companies have to disclose the recipe for special fluids they pump underground.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Fracking opens fissures among states as drillers face many rules

Pennsylvania regulators ordered Chesapeake Energy Corp. to install pressure gauges costing as little as $600 on 114 of its wells after natural gas contaminated drinking water last year.  More »
Ships try to control an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil slaps new fine on Chevron

Brazil’s environmental protection agency has slapped a new fine on Chevron for what it says was the U.S. oil company’s poor handling of a spill last month off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.  More »
Chad Murray, the former chief electrician who survived the April 20, 2010, accident aboard the Deepwater Horizon, discusses the ordeal with his father, Stanley. Photo: Loren Steffy / HC

Steffy: Rig disaster’s heartache shadows holiday joy

Homes in this community on the banks of the Mississippi, like those in many towns this time of year, are festooned with multicolored lights and other trappings of the season.  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)

Power generation may electrify slumping gas demand

Technology that allows drillers to access densely buried fossil fuels has launched a drilling frenzy in shale rock regions, pushing the supply of natural gas to a record high and its prices to cavernous lows. But heat-efficient buildings and a mild autumn up North have curbed consumers’ desire for the fuel.  More »
(Photo: AEI Services)

EPA rules could upset the balance of power

New environmental regulations, coming amid warnings that Texas might not meet its electricity needs next summer, could set up a legal dilemma for regulators, grid operators and generators.  More »
A Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Libyan crude output exceeds 1 million barrels a day

Iraqi crude oil production jumped to the highest level in at least 20 years, or more than 3 million barrels a day, said Hussain al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister for energy affairs.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell says oil from Bonga facility leak ‘largely dispersed’

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said oil that leaked from its 200,000 barrel-a-day Bonga field in Nigeria “has largely dispersed” as of last night.  More »
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Oil settles near $100 on global security concerns

Tensions between Iran and western nations, along with unrest in Syria, Bahrain, Kazakhstan and Iraq have raised worries that oil supplies could be disrupted.  More »
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he rides in the Popemobile as he departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Popemobile goes green

Pope Benedict XVI’s popemobile may be getting an ecological upgrade.  More »

PDVSA signs natural gas supply contract with Eni, Repsol

Petroleos de Venezuela SA signed a contract to provide natural gas to Eni SpA and Repsol YPF SA from the Perla field in the Gulf of Venezuela, the country’s largest gas discovery.  More »
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SandRidge may sell 500,000 more acres worth $1.83 billion

SandRidge Energy Inc., which said yesterday it would sell a stake in a Kansas and Oklahoma oil and natural-gas prospect to Repsol YPF SA, wants to divest another 500,000 acres that may be worth $1.83 billion.  More »