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Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Ohio to check for earthquake-brine link

Apparently, it’s enough of a question for residents of Ohio to set up new monitoring equipment to see if hydraulic fracturing, or more specifically the brine injections, is causing the ground to tremble.  More »
The Sauers family of Seabrook, Texas, leaves the showroom in an all-electric Nissan Leaf  on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, in League City.  They are the first Leaf owners in Texas. (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle )

Panelists debate the impact of electric cars on the grid

As hybrid and electric vehicles become more common, questions are swirling about whether the electricity grid can handle the resulting new demand for power.  More »
A Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BP, Shell preparing for resuming oil exploration in Libya

BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil companies, aim to resume exploration in Libya, whose new government seeks to stabilize relations with foreign companies following the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi.  More »

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits for an interview with state-run TV. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam, HO)

OPEC chief hopes EU won’t impose Iran oil embargo

OPEC’s top official says he hopes the European Union will not impose sanctions on Iranian oil as tensions escalate between Tehran and the West.  More »
(AP file photo)

Energy companies continue S.A. expansion

GreenStar Products Inc., the Boerne-based lighting company that announced six months ago it would build a manufacturing plant and move its headquarters to San Antonio, will begin relocating to its new facility next week.  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas on Thursday May 5, 2011. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

San Antonio Eagle Ford jobs to reach 10,000 in 3 years

The Eagle Ford Shale already has brought 5,000 jobs to San Antonio, and former Mayor Henry Cisneros offered a new expectation Tuesday, saying the oil and gas development likely will bring a total of 10,000 jobs to the city within three years.  More »
A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Chavez: Venezuela willing to talk with Exxon Mobil

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his government would be open to negotiating with Exxon Mobil Corp. in a dispute over the nationalization of an oil project in the country.  More »
(Brett Clanton/Houston Chronicle)

Shell says exports, truck fuel among options for U.S. shale gas

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest energy producer, is weighing options for rising North American natural-gas output including exports and making liquid fuels, Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser said.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |12.07.11|

Good news, gas prices are getting closer to last year’s price. OPEC Chief hopes the EU won’t impose an Iran oil embargo. And is oil fueling the rise of political partisanship?  More »
Felix Kramer poses  next to his new Chevy Volt in Redwood City, Calif., on Dec. 29, 2010. (AP file photo/Jeff Chiu)

Coolant leak likely cause of Volt fires

The liquid solution that cools the Chevrolet Volt’s batteries is the likely cause of fires that broke out inside the electric car after government crash tests, a person briefed on the matter said.  More »
Petrobras workers walk on platform 51 "Majuro" in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

Petrobras will miss 2011 oil production traget

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), Brazil’s state-controlled oil producer, will miss this year’s production target because of safety work on offshore rigs.  More »
A hydrogen explosion rocks the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor on March 14, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/HO/NHK)

NRC Chief says industry must heed lesson of Japan

The nation’s nuclear safety chief said he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months after the nuclear disaster in Japan.  More »
Halliburton sign on a machine (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Halliburton fights back against allegations it destroyed spill evidence

Halliburton today fought back against allegations the company destroyed potentially damaging evidence about the cement it applied at BP’s Macondo well just days before it blew out, triggering last year’s oil spill. Halliburton spokeswoman Beverly Blohm Stafford accused BP of “attempting to divert attention from its poor decisions” managing and designing the Macondo well.  More »
Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Public criticizes federal plan for drilling leases in Gulf, Arctic

Just four speakers turned out for the first Houston public hearing on the federal plan on offshore leasing.  More »
A truck passes the Hy-Vee gas station, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. Retail gasoline prices dipped for a 17th week since July 4, falling below $2 a gallon in a number of states and approaching $1.50 at some service stations.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Gas prices got you down? There’s a bright spot

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service, said the price gap from this year’s price to last year is the closest it’s been since Dec. 6, 2009. The difference is a scant 31 cents. It’s the first time this year that average consumer is paying less than 11 percent over last year’s average, Kloza wrote.  More »