Chronicle energy wrap-up

A rundown of some of the energy stories in the Houston Chronicle over the Christmas Holiday.
New fuel laws may drive business here: Tougher fuel economy laws may be tough for auto industry but a boon for Houston’s petrochemical businesses.
Chinese bid to build line makes waves: At first blush, the bid by Chinese oil company Sinopec to build a natural gas line from Alaska’s energy-rich North Slope may sound like a pipe dream. Maybe not.
Bigger fine sought for BP: Plaintiffs’ lawyers say amount for Texas City blast should be $1 billion.
Oilman will go to minimum-security unit in Beaumont: Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt will spend much of next year in his old hometown when he reports to a minimum security prison in Beaumont.

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