Fuel Fix

In this Dec. 17, 2014 photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

U.S. oil output still barreling toward 45-year record

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U.S. oil production edged down in May and will likely continue swooning until early next year as plunging crude prices continue to pummel domestic producers, according to a new federal report.

U.S. oil output still barreling toward 45-year record

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In this Dec. 17, 2014 photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
U.S. oil production edged down in May and will likely continue swooning until early next year as plunging crude prices continue to pummel domestic producers, according to a new federal report.
Low clouds blanket Anchorage, Alaska, east of downtown, on Friday morning, December 7, 2012. An optical illusion known as Fata Morgana distorts the view of the mountains west of Cook Inlet. Alternating warm and cold layers of air bend light to create the effect. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Hilcorp acquires Exxon Mobil subsidiary’s Alaska assets

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The new deal is part of Hilcorp’s expansion in the state. The company arrived four years ago and has since become a major player in oil and gas in Cook Inlet and the North Slope.
Categories: featured, General

A worker removes oil from sand at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. An underground pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19, 2015 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Following California spill, House committee to scrutinize pipeline safety agency

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The House Energy and Power Subcommittee will examine the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s handling of those long-stalled mandates during a hearing Tuesday.
Larry Mitchell uses the new Natural Gas filling station at a Texaco Station at 24985 Katy Freeway,in Katy, Texas Tuesday July 7, 2015. The Katy based CNG 4 America is a  supplier of Natural Gas. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Katy-based CNG company adds another Houston fueling station

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In just a few years of rapid growth, the Houston area now counts more than a dozen CNG stations from Rosenberg up to Conroe, including one by Apache Corp. in the Galleria area.
Categories: Gasoline, Natural gas

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Environmentalists: Feds should shelve Shell’s Arctic plans because of walrus rules

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In a four-page letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, 10 environmental groups delivered their strongest argument yet that Shell’s exploration plan is invalid and the Interior Department would violate federal law if it issued drilling permits for Shell’s planned wells in the Chukchi Sea.
Categories: Arctic
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Study: Refracturing not all it’s fracked up to be

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A large-scale redo of oil wells won’t make sense until companies see better returns from returning to old wells than from drilling new ones, said Christopher Robart, at IHS.
A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker operated by Energy Advance Co., a unit of Tokyo Gas Co., is moored at the company's Sodegaura plant in Sodegaura City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on Thursday, March 22, 2012. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

$71 billion in U.S. LNG projects not needed in low-carbon world, group says

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The shale revolution spurred a flurry of proposals to build new U.S. export terminals to ship LNG overseas, but investors should take a long hard look at the projects they intend to fund amid a push to limit global warming within 2 degrees Celsius in the next century.
Categories: LNG
FRACKING SAND

A big, fat delivery of frac sand arrives in the Eagle Ford Shale

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Unimin said that it, with Union Pacific Railroad, delivered the sand to the Mission Rail Terminal in Elmendorf. The unit train was 6,200 feet long and was powered by four diesel engines.
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Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

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Shell’s contracted ice management vessel, the MSV Fennica, is being examined by marine experts, but it is uncertain how quickly a breach in its hull can be repaired and whether this will delay the company’s hopes to begin drilling an oil well in the Chukchi Sea later this month.
Categories: Arctic, Politics/Policy