Fuel Fix

A pump jack in one of three Wyoming oil fields purchased by Australian firm Linc Energy. Linc also purchased oil fields along the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast from Houston-based ERG Resources in June 2011. (Photo: Linc Energy)

Steffy: ‘Texas tea now the lesser of two oils’

This is a tale of two oils. Houston-based Swift Energy pumps crude from its oil fields in Louisana and gets a price that’s within a few dollars of what producers receive in most of the world. As of Thursday, that was about $114 a barrel.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

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Technip grabs Global. Spills prompt pipeline scrutiny. Magellan eyes Corpus for crude.  More »
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Norwegian giant in it for the long haul with Texas shale venture

Helge Lund, CEO of Norway’s Statoil, likes to say his company is more than just a financial investor in shale gas fields in the U.S., and he made that abundantly clear one morning last week.  More »

Nissan Motor Co. chief vehicle engineer Hidetoshi Kadota demonstrates how to charge a Nissan's electric vehicle during a media event unveiling a new charger in Tokyo. The new charger will go on sale in November in Japan and is planned later for the U.S. and Europe, although dates are not set. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Nissan develops cheaper, smaller charger for EVs

Nissan has developed a charger for electric vehicles that’s smaller, about half the price, and easier to install.  More »
Dow Chemical's petrochemical complex in Freeport is one of the largest in the world. (Dow Chemical)

Dow Chemical, Sasol win dismissal of Greenpeace lawsuit

Dow Chemical Co. and Sasol North America Inc. won the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging the chemical companies illegally spied on a unit of Greenpeace International, the environmental advocacy group.  More »
A Chinese man holds up oil residue found in his shrimp farm in the coastal Leting county in the Bohai Bay near northern China's Hebei province. China's oceanic agency has ordered ConocoPhillips China to do more to prevent and clean up offshore spills that occurred June 4 and June 17, 2011 in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists. (AP Photo)

China undertakes more offshore drilling safety inspections

China’s State Administration of Work Safety will undertake further inspections into safety practices in the offshore petroleum exploration industry, the agency said in a statement on the government’s website Saturday.  More »
Mexico Tropical Weather

Seven missing oil workers found in Gulf; 2 others dead

After crews spent days looking for them, seven workers were found alive, two are dead, and one is still missing.  More »
Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette, Adam Sacasa)

Report: Wildfires weaken natural gas demand in Texas

Wildfires, fed by a historic drought, have so far spared oil and gas operations in East Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, but they’ve had another impact on the energy sector: a drop in natural gas consumption.  More »
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. September 2011. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

What was missing from Obama’s speech?

President Barack Obama unveiled his $447 billion package aimed at jump starting jobs in the U.S., energize his political base and bringing renewed hope to the American people. But what was missing from his speech last night? Hint: it starts with an ‘E.’  More »
Members of a pro-Yucca Mountain group, Nevadans 4 Carbon Free Energy, rally on Thursday. April 21, 2011, outside President Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

NRC allows closure of Yucca Mountain nuclear dump

A divided Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed the Obama administration to continue plans to close the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil drops 3 percent on Europe debt concerns

Oil dropped today on growing concerns about Europe’s economy.  More »
A Chief Oil and Gas, LLC natural gas rig is seen in Mifflin Township, Pa. (Photo: Bloomberg News)

BLM to initiate rulemaking on oil, gas provision

The Interior Department will propose a rule setting guidelines for issuing environmental-review waivers for applications to drill for oil and gas on public lands, after a judge tossed out previous Obama administration rules for procedural reasons.  More »
A Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Libya said to ship first crude oil as production resumes

Libya may export a crude-oil cargo this month for the first time since March from the country’s west as the holder of Africa’s biggest oil reserves rebuilds production after deposing ruler Muammar Qaddafi.  More »
Mayor Annise Parker and eVgo President Arun Banskota demonstrate how to charge an electric car during the launch of Houston Drives Electric on Thursday. (Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

City hoping to jump-start electric car usage

The Petro Metro is positioning itself as an early adopter of electric vehicles by seeding the city with charging stations for cars that don’t need gasoline.  More »
oil spill deepwater horizon

Univ. of Miss. leads team to study Gulf oil spill

The University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi will lead one of eight large research teams participating in a $112.5 million project to learn how the Gulf of Mexico has fared since the 2010 BP oil spill.  More »