Reporter's notebook: a bitterly contested $8 billion pipeline along the Appalachian Trail

Feb 24, 2020
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case to be heard Monday.
Climate activist groups protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 24, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Oil companies may be able to solve supply, but what about demand?

Jan 30, 2020
“There’s alternate sources of oil supply in the market but no alternate sources of demand growth,” one analyst said.
Oil prices Monday crashed the most since 1991.
David McNew/Getty Images

Chevron's nearly $11B write-down reflects weak demand and low oil and gas prices

Dec 11, 2019
Some energy companies are questioning whether they can wait out the current dip in prices.
Chevron noted challenges in natural gas fields in the Marcellus Shale formation and in deepwater oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What if the U.S. stopped protecting the Strait of Hormuz?

Jun 24, 2019
It wouldn't change much at the pump — at least here at home.
An oil tanker is protected by the U.S. guided missile frigate USS Gallery in the Strait of Hormuz in 1988. In a tweet Monday, President Donald Trump questioned the United States' decadeslong protection of the strait.
NORBERT SCHILLER/AFP/Getty Images

What the Chevron-Anadarko deal means for Permian shale

Apr 12, 2019
Will there be other deals like it?
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Saudi oil company profits impress

Apr 1, 2019
What’s the most profitable company on earth? We’ll give you three guesses. Nope, not Apple. Google? Try again. Exxon Mobil – wrong. It’s the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. Known as Saudi Aramco, it’s the runaway leader, according to…

Energy giants to ramp up Permian Basin fracking

by
Mar 5, 2019
The Permian Basin is now far from the preserve of the independent producer.
Pump jacks are seen using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
David McNew/Getty Images

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.

A turnaround for oil companies?

Feb 1, 2019
Some investors are optimistic that Big Oil has been able to ride out the plummeting prices of late last year.

Growth in oil and gas demand may not be dominated by cars

Oct 5, 2018
When we report on the world’s thirst for energy, we often miss something: chemicals made from oil and gas. A new report Friday finds petrochemical demand in the world is surging for things like synthetic rubber, packaging, fertilizer and detergents.…
A petrochemical facility is shown after Hurricane Ike made landfall September 13, 2008 in Deer Park, Texas. 
David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images

U.S. oil companies take cautious approach despite higher prices and demand

Apr 27, 2018
With the U.S.-based oil giants Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. scheduled to release their first quarter 2018 earnings Friday morning, we look at the state of the oil industry. Companies are reaping the benefits from higher oil prices and demand. But…