Chron Energy Items: 02.22.08

A few of the recent energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on chron.com:
Dynegy, Sierra Club state cases over power needs vs. a cleaner environment: An environmental group’s protest in downtown Houston on Wednesday put a spotlight on the debate over coal — which generates half the nation’s electricity but also contributes to climate change.
BP blast toll raised by UTMB study: The BP refinery explosion that killed 15 people in 2005 has taken a toll on the mental and physical health of residents in neighborhoods surrounding the plant, according to a study by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Power market changes sought: Bloomberg News — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday proposed new rules to improve competition in wholesale power markets amid criticism of rising electricity costs.
Far East demand, prices, drawing LNG away from U.S.: Bloomberg News — Qatar may eventually divert a quarter of its western market-bound liquefied natural gas cargoes to the Far East, while Trinidad and Tobago are increasing deliveries to Asia, as they seek to benefit from higher prices paid for the fuel.
Iran, Russia agree to joint natural gas venture: Bloomberg News — Iran and Russia agreed to establish an energy venture as the countries seek new markets for their natural gas reserves, equal to more than 40 percent of the world’s total.
Newpark Resources swings to quarterly profit: Oilfield services provider Newpark Resources swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $6.7 million, The Woodlands-based company said today.

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