May 4, 2016, 6am PDT
Some states relied more on the most recent energy boom than others, and some prepared more for the inevitable bust. A report by the Brookings Institution recommends actions for energy states to build resilience in the face of boom and bust cycles.
April 19, 2016, 12pm PDT
Environmental justice alarms sounded when an oil industry executive made public remarks about how drilling sites get selected.
January 20, 2016, 9am PST
The price of oil has been on a steady decline since 2014, and the housing markets of oil industry towns are on their own, similar slide.
September 12, 2015, 7am PDT
An ambitious energy-climate bill strongly backed by Gov. Jerry Brown was stripped of one of its three goals—to reduce oil consumption in half by 2030. The other two goals, increasing the renewable portfolio and increasing energy efficiency, remain.
August 16, 2015, 1pm PDT
Houston's housing market is chugging along, although one of the area's key industries is struggling.
July 29, 2014, 1pm PDT
Inadequate state enforcement of protected underground aquifers led to a group of emergency cease and desist orders. The failure of regulators is "especially disturbing" in a state stricken by a historic, economy- and life-threatening drought.
October 24, 2013, 10am PDT
A pair of articles in The New York Times look at two different kinds of waste generated from North Dakota's booming oil industry: natural gas from oil wells is burned due to the absence of pipelines, and the disposal of waste in landfills.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
September 13, 2013, 8am PDT
SB 4 passed the legislature over strong objections from the oil and business community. California will go from having no well stimulation (includes acidizing) regulation set in statute to the nation's toughest, so why are environmentalists unhappy?
Los Angeles Times - Business
September 2, 2013, 9am PDT
Sacramento reporter John Myers suggests that if the oil industry and the Sierra Club both oppose a fracking bill - one for going too far; the other for not going far enough - then state Senator Fran Pavley's bill, "must be doing something right".
August 20, 2013, 10am PDT
Mexico, the world's 9th largest oil producer and first to nationalize its oil production, has seen steep production declines as the state-owned oil company lacks capital resources and expertise. Constitutional reforms would entice private investment.
The New York Times - Global Business
March 11, 2013, 8am PDT
For all his intentions to help the poorest in his country, Hugo Chávez's handling of the golden goose - Venezuela's massive oil wealth, was badly mishandled during his reign. Output decreased, debt increased, and he left behind a polarized society.
April 28, 2010, 10am PDT
A 50-acre section of the Los Angeles suburb of Carson is contaminated with methane gas and benzene. Owners of the 285 homes in the area are left with few options.
September 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
For political, technological, and even demographic as well as economic reasons, don't expect American oil consumption to increase over 2007 levels. $3 gas is here to stay, and the days of the petrol-gulping SUVs and guzzlers may be numbered.