Fuel Fix

Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

TransCanada CEO says pipeline debate may persist

The chief executive of a company trying to build a pipeline to carry oil through six states from Canada to Texas said the national debate over the plan has “gone off on tangents” that touch on larger issues of U.S. energy and environmental policies.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Feds approve Shell’s Chukchi Sea drilling plan – with strings attached

The federal government today gave Shell Oil Co. the green light to drill up to six exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, but major hurdles still remain before the company can launch its Arctic drilling program when ice clears next summer.  More »
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Groups say light bulb compromise is no bright idea

Consumer, environmental and manufacturing interests all criticized a measure that delays new light bulb efficiency standards as part of a compromise to avoid another government shutdown.  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)

Transocean asks judge to force BP to indemnify for damages

Transocean Ltd. (RIG)’s drilling contract with BP Plc (BP/) promised indemnification for damages from oil spilled below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and should be enforced for claims over the Deepwater Horizon accident, the rig owner told a judge.  More »
Ted Glick, policy director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, speaks against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Washington, D.C. in October. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP leaders: Pipeline stays in payroll tax bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t back a compromise payroll tax cut extension unless the bill includes language aimed at forcing construction of a Canada-to-Texas pipeline, his spokesman said Friday, as top congressional Republicans insisted on the controversial provision.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

General makes national security case for Keystone XL

As House Republicans insist they will not back down from a plan to push a speedy decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, one of President Barack Obama’s former top advisers makes the case that the project is essential for U.S. national security.  More »
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Shell moves closer to Westward Ho pipeline project

The Westward Ho should allow refineries to access the growing supply of domestic and foreign crude oil coming through St. James, the company said. The new pipeline would also complement new storage and logistics infrastructure that are currently being built in the St. James and Clovelly, La. areas.  More »
This image taken Nov. 17, 2011, and released by Chevron, shows an aerial view of vessels in the cleanup of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.  (AP Photo/Ibama)

Brazil lawsuit against Chevron may scare investors

A business analyst says the nearly $11 billion lawsuit filed by Brazilian prosecutors against San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. because of an offshore oil leak could scare away foreign capital needed to develop Brazil’s huge offshore oil deposits.  More »
A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

Congress passes wrong version of pipeline bill

Just when it seems Republicans and Democrats are getting along, both parties had a small gaffe — a Rick Perry moment, if you may.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Arctic drillers must be able to drill relief well

Canada’s National Energy Board is maintaining its policy that any oil company drilling off Canada’s Arctic coast must be able to drill a relief well in the same season to minimize environmental risks.  More »
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Canada oil pipeline into US gets extension support

TransCanada Corp. said it has received customer support to undertake an extension of its stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline pending regulatory approval in the U.S.  More »
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to reporters after members of the National Governors Association met with US President Barack Obama at  the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Schwarzenegger says Solyndra debate ‘narrow minded’

In a rare public appearance since leaving office, former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the debate over bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra narrow-minded in a world moving ever-faster toward renewable energy.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Official: Test results encouraging from shale

Energy companies are reporting encouraging test results from the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale across the span of central Louisiana, the state’s natural resources chief says.  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)

New report predicts fewer drilling jobs in Ohio

A study led by an Ohio State University professor predicts oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio will create far fewer jobs than the industry has forecast.  More »
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)

BP settles with maker of failed blowout preventer

BP PLC says it will be paid $250 million by the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to halt oil spewing from BP’s busted well in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »