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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)

Quake risk from fracking seen cut with disclosures

U.S. energy companies should report information on waste water from hydraulic fracturing to help officials reduce the risk of earthquakes, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey said.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Chevron’s Brazil license risks being revoked on oil spill

Brazil’s petroleum regulator is considering revoking Chevron Corp.’s (CVX) exploration contract after finding the U.S. oil producer could have avoided a 3,000-barrel spill off Rio de Janeiro’s coast.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Audit: Gas lines tied to fracking lack oversight

Government auditors say federal officials know nothing about thousands of miles of pipelines that carry natural gas released through the drilling method known as fracking, and need to step up oversight to make sure they are running safely.  More »
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Tugboats pull the crippled tanker Exxon Valdez towards Naked Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, seen in this April 5, 1989, file photo after the ship was pulled from Bligh Reef. Best Oasis', an Indian company that dismantles old ships, official Gaurav Mehta says his company recently bought the Exxon Valdez, but he declined to say from whom or at what price. He said Friday March 23, 2012 that the vessel is most likely headed for the scrap yard. (AP Photo/Rob Stapleton, File)

Exxon Valdez sold, likely destined for scrap heap

The notorious Exxon Valdez tanker, responsible for one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history two decades ago, has been bought by an Indian company almost certainly to be scrapped for its steel and spare parts.  More »
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP’s claims about Obama puzzle environmentalists

Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a gift to environmentalists. Newt Gingrich calls Obama “President Algae” for supporting research on biofuels. And Rick Santorum says Obama’s environmental views constitute a “phony theology” that prioritizes the earth over people.  More »
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Electric cars risk losing green sheen in Japan

Electric car owners who prided themselves on being green now find themselves in a bind as Japan’s government maneuvers to restart dozens of nuclear power plants idled after last year’s meltdowns.  More »
Gas prices are posted at the Sunoco gas station in Philadelphia. . (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Oil near $106 amid mixed global growth signs

Oil prices rose to near $106 a barrel Friday in Asia, after a big tumble the day before, amid mixed signs about the strength of the global economy and crude demand.  More »
The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co.'s expanded pipeline will carry oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: LyondellBasell)

EPA low-sulfur rule could hike cost of making fuel, industry says

Looming Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut sulfur content of gasoline by two-thirds could add 6 to 9 cents per gallon to the cost of manufacturing fuel in most markets, the American Petroleum Institute said.  More »
A sign on the front grill of an 18-wheeler at a truck stop expresses frustration with the deep-water drilling moratorium imposed after the 2011 oil spill. It was lifted in October 2011. (Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle)

Republican pushes subpoena in drilling ban probe

A top House Republican is pushing to subpoena government documents he says could shed light on how the Obama administration justified its five-month ban on deep-water drilling in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »

UK gives BP go-ahead on Shetlands drilling

The British government on Thursday gave oil company BP PLC the go-ahead to drill a new deep-water well in Scottish waters off the northwest coast of the Shetland Islands, rankling environmentalists.  More »
President Barack Obama speaks at Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Boulder City, Nev. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama touts faster southern Keystone; GOP calls it a political ploy

President Obama on Thursday unveiled a new process for speeding up the approval of infrastructure projects, especially the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline’s southern leg. But Republicans dismissed Obama’s trip to Cushing as a political ploy meant to take credit for the only part of the pipeline he has no control over.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Survey says: Most Americans back Keystone XL

A majority of Americans want the U.S. government to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a new nationwide survey. The poll results come as President Barack Obama heads to Cushing, Okla., to tout plans to fast-track the southern leg of the controversial project.  More »
Michael Reed fills his gas tank at a station in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Gas prices near record price in Houston

Gasoline prices are fast approaching the record high price in Houston.  More »
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford shale. (Photo: John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Valero says EPA rules a threat

Stringent environmental regulations that might get even tougher could prevent San Antonio’s homegrown Valero Energy Corp. from expanding in this country, one of its top executives said Wednesday.  More »
Jose Almaguer waits for his van to fill up with up with gas at Kroger on north Sherpherd Drive. He said it costs more than $100 to fill up due to the higher gas prices. (Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle)

Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas

Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats’ gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can’t afford to fill the tank.  More »