Fuel Fix

The existing Keystone oil pipeline is constructed in North Dakota.   (Photo courtesy of TransCanada)

TransCanada started Keystone pipe after shutdown

TransCanada Corp. (TRP) started the 590,000 barrel a day Keystone pipeline yesterday after it was shut to retrieve an inspection device.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

EPA resumes groundwater testing in Pavillion area

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have begun a new round of water sampling in the area of a Wyoming gas field where the EPA says hydraulic fracturing may have caused groundwater pollution.  More »
Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total to drill relief well at Nigeria gas leak

French oil firm Total SA says it will drill a relief well to stop a natural gas leak at a plant in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.  More »
(Photo: Fotolia)

Oil rises to near $103 amid uneven US recovery

Oil prices rose to near $103 a barrel Friday in Asia amid signs the U.S. economic recovery remains uneven.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Industry’s progress on offshore safety still draws skepticism

Two years after the Gulf of Mexico spill, the oil and gas industry continues to pour millions of dollars into efforts aimed at actually boosting offshore safety and at convincing regulators and the public that it can police itself.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Gulf residents getting an extra $64M for spill claims

Roughly 7,300 residents and businesses harmed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will get more than $64 million in additional payments because their claims with BP were shortchanged or wrongfully denied, the Justice Department announced Thursday.  More »
The blowout preventer pulled from the wreckage at BP's Macondo well is transported to land for testing on Sept. 11, 2010. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

CSB plans Houston meetings as part of Deepwater Horizon probe

The Chemical Safety Board said today it is on track to issue a final report on the well blowout and explosion that killed 11 rig workers in early 2013, and it could issue recommendations to prevent a similar disaster as soon as this August. The independent federal agency, which has probed more than 50 industrial accidents, including the lethal Texas City refinery explosion in 2005 is the last remaining panel still investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster, following the conclusion of several other probes.  More »
APTOPIX Gulf Oil Spill Sick Fish

2 years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, touching off the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, research into the disaster’s environmental effects is turning up ailing fish that bear hallmarks of diseases tied to petroleum and other pollutants.  More »
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)

Fracking wastewater tied by scientists to earthquakes

Government scientists are focusing on the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling as the possible cause of scores of earthquakes that have shaken the central part of the U.S. since 2000, according to a study.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas price hits another 10-year low

The price of natural gas has dropped to the lowest level in a decade as U.S. supplies continue to grow.  More »
Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gasoline prices drop for second week in a row

Gas prices dipped for the second week in a row in the Houston area.  More »
Carl Icahn (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

CVR allows Icahn to move forward with tender offer

Oil refiner CVR Energy Inc. has signed a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn that would allow him to complete his $30 per share tender offer.  More »