Fuel Fix

A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Springs might place moratorium on drilling

Colorado Springs is considering a six-month moratorium on oil and gas exploration in Banning Lewis Ranch so officials can ensure they have the right regulations in place.  More »
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at a public natural gas fueling station. (Photo: Honda)

Natural-gas power Civic makes Texas debut

Thirteen years after launching its natural gas-powered Civic as a low-emission, low-fuel-price vehicle for public utilities and other business fleets, Honda is expanding availability to more consumers than ever.  More »
Pres. Barack Obama (AP file photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republicans unveil plan to force Obama to decide on Keystone XL

Senate Republicans today introduce legislation to force the Obama administration to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days — or make President Barack Obama publicly explain why he is blocking the project.  More »

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Gulf harvesters offered more money for BP damage

Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who’ve reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package due to lingering uncertainties over seafood.  More »
Smoke rises from Unit 3 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

Study shows deeper meltdown at Japan nuke reactor

Radioactive debris from melted fuel rods may have seeped deeper into the floor of a Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear reactor than previously thought, to within a foot from breaching the crucial steel barrier, a new simulation showed today.  More »
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Judge blocks subpoenas against Transocean

A federal judge is temporarily blocking the enforcement of subpoenas that an independent U.S. investigative agency issued against offshore driller Transocean in connection with the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Update: FMC Technologies, Rolls-Royce announce equipment deals

FMC Technologies today announced a $325 million contract with Chevron. At the same time, Rolls-Royce inked a $650 million contract with Petrobras.  More »
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Oil above $101 on central banks’s liquidity plan

Oil prices jumped to above $101 a barrel today after the major central banks announced a plan to provide quick access to liquidity for the international financial system.  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)

Texas company plans drilling fluid plant in W.Va.

A Texas company plans to open a $2 million plant in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle that will produce fluid that’s used to drill natural gas wells.  More »
Larry Maffitt, owner of Kuzman's Bar stands inside his establishment across the street from the new Vallourec seamless pipe mill which is being built in Girard, Ohio.  The $650 million V&M Star plant, located along a desolate stretch that once was a showcase for American industry, will open by year's end and produce seamless steel pipes for drilling in shale formations.  It has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multi-state region might jump-start a revival of Rust Belt manufacturing. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Gas drilling spurring jobs in the Rust Belt

A rare sight in hard-luck Youngstown, a new industrial plant, has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multistate region might jump-start a revival in Rust Belt manufacturing.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Researchers: U.S. demand for hydrofracking chemicals will surge

Demand for chemicals used in well stimulation will grow nearly 10 percent each year through 2015, according to a report released Tuesday by the Freedonia Group.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Gulfport seeks $11.8 million from BP

Gulfport leaders are seeking $11.8 million from BP for oil-catastrophe losses, but the company has so far offered only $76,000. That’s according to consultants the city hired.  More »
Transportes Olympic driver Luis Gonzalez checks the tires on his semi after spending the night at a truck stop in San Antonio. (PHOTO BY EDWARD A. ORNELAS)

Trucking jobs go begging in San Antonio

Even as the recession hammered the economy a few years ago, Harry Levy didn’t have a problem finding qualified drivers at his San Antonio trucking and construction company.  More »
A worker repairs an oil pipeline at Rumaila oil fields, near the southern city of Basra, Iraq. (AP Photo / Nabil al-Jurani)

Lukoil, Shell may buy Exxon stake in West Qurna

OAO Lukoil is in talks to buy 37.5 percent of the West Qurna-1 field in Iraq from Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), RBC Daily reported today, citing unidentified people.  More »
On the roads outside the Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill in Lincoln Maine, tractor-trailers haul flatbeds stacked with tree trunks through Lincoln’s streets dozens of times a day. Photo: Brian Wingfield/Bloomberg

EPA shows regulations that can kill jobs can also create

Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC is nestled near a pond amid the forested countryside of Maine. It’s a 128-year-old mill where third-generation workers are as deeply rooted as the evergreens.  More »