Fuel Fix

A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

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The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

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A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I jumps on $1.5 billion Houston petrochem project with Oxy

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The ethylene cracker project is being constructed by Occidental’s OxyChem subsidiary and Mexichem in the Ingleside Ethylene joint venture near Corpus Christi.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, embraces Brazil's Petrobras President Graca Fortes, during the signing ceremony for the first contract of Brazilian Pre-Salt oil camp, at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday. Brazil has just signed a contract with a consortium of four foreign companies and one Brazilian, for the extraction of its largest oil field to date. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil signs agreement with oil consortium

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President Dilma Rousseff says the signing establishes “the basis for a more just and less unequal nation.”
Categories: Latin America
(Alexander Klein/AFP via Getty Images)

OPEC inaction masks looming supply glut in 2014

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Even with OPEC forecast to keep its output quota unchanged at a meeting this week, falling oil demand and prospects for increased supply from some member states mean the group’s leader, Saudi Arabia, will have to cut production anyway.
Categories: Crude oil, Middle East

(Kari Goodnough/Bloomberg News)

North Dakota launching website to notify public of spills

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Dave Glatt, chief of the department’s environmental health section, said Monday that website visitors will be able to track recent spills and those that happened as far back as 1975.
Categories: Accidents
An LNG tanker offloads in Cove Point, Md., in 2003.  (AP Photo/ Matt Houston)

Natural gas boosters make case for exports

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Exporting natural gas will help keep the U.S. harvesting it, according to groups advocating more foreign sales of the fossil fuels.
Calpine's Magic Valley project near Edinburg, Texas (Photo: Calpine)

Calpine to buy large power plant near San Antonio

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Calpine Corp. is buying a natural gas-fired power plant near San Antonio for $625 million, another acquisition in Texas as it looks to build its footprint in the state, the company said Monday.
Categories: Natural gas, Texas
College students and supporters hold up signs at a rally to support fossil fuel divestment outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Student fossil-fuel divestment movement suffers setbacks

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The student campaign to press colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuels is entering a new phase, now that administrators at several top schools have said no.
Categories: Environment
Under a portrait of the late Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, talks with Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega during the 8th Petrocaribe Summit in Managua, Nicaragua. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Venezuelan oil diplomacy curbed by economic crisis

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The late President Hugo Chavez’s dream of leveraging Venezuela’s oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis that is forcing his hand-picked successor to cut back on generous foreign aid.
Categories: Latin America