June 4, 2012 A five-year, $10 billion expansion in Port Arthur, Texas, has created the largest refinery in the country. But because the U.S. has become a net exporter of gasoline and the facility will contribute to that trend, analysts say the project won't have a big impact on national fuel prices.
May 24, 2012 Pennsylvania has been considered a swing state in the past few elections. Voters did elect a Republican governor and U.S. senator two years ago. But after voting for the Democrat in five straight presidential contests, is it still a swing state?
May 18, 2012 An oil boom in the American heartland has created an oil glut in the middle of the country. Now, a pipeline that has been pumping crude oil from Texas to the Midwest will reverse its flow, reducing the bottleneck — and potentially creating winners and losers at the pump.
April 20, 2012 Two years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one issue has received little attention: the oil industry faces a shortage of experienced workers. Some analysts are concerned more inexperienced workers could compromise safety, but the industry says training is more rigorous than ever.
April 8, 2012 While some of the mega-donors to the presidential superPACs have understandable self-interest or are frequent political givers, Louisiana businessman and oil industry executive William Doré is an enigmatic figure. He's given $1.5 million to the superPAC supporting Rick Santorum, but why?
March 29, 2012 A Colorado animal protection group has created a website and smartphone application designed to help someone who's found an injured animal, lost or found a pet or wants to report animal cruelty. Animal Watch hopes to expand the program nationally in the future.
March 15, 2012 Gasoline costs about 50 cents more per gallon than it did in January. Motorists dread the trip to the pump and wonder why prices are so high — and when they'll go back down. But growing world demand could mean oil prices will continue to rise in coming years.
March 7, 2012 Need a costumed Mardi Gras mannequin or a bedazzled 1974 Gremlin? On Thursday, collectors can bid on some of the memorabilia from the former Kenner Mardi Gras Museum. The museum is about a half-hour drive from the French Quarter — not a convenient trip for many tourists — and declining attendance caused it to close its doors.