Fuel Fix

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 expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (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 »
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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 »
The Cushing, Okla. pipeline hub.

Obama’s speedy Keystone review won’t accelerate Cushing pipeline

President Barack Obama’s promise to expedite review of the southern leg of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline won’t speed up the timeline for the project, which already is slated to start construction as soon as June.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon says ‘significant progress’ made to end Alaska gas dispute

Exxon Mobil Corp. has made “significant progress” toward resolving an Alaska natural-gas dispute, and more work remains to reach a settlement, David Eglinton, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail.  More »