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Biofuel makers mount last-ditch lobby push on EPA

Companies that make biofuels from corn husks, soy and other materials are mounting a last-ditch lobbying campaign to prevent a weakening of the U.S. renewable-fuel mandate, saying a lower requirement would set back an industry that is ready to blossom.  More »

Fracking limits weighed as Colorado drillers back ad blitz

With three days before the election, an energy trade group has donated about 32 times more than activists in four Colorado communities in a push to persuade residents to vote against limiting oil and gas drilling.  More »

Oil rigs rise to two-month high on Permian drilling

Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. advanced for the first time in four weeks to a two-month high as producers increased drilling in the Permian Basin, the biggest oil-producing region in the U.S.  More »

Energy Future making debt payments due Friday

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas power producer that skirted bankruptcy this week, said it’s meeting debt obligations, including coupons due Nov. 1.  More »

Suncor approves $12.9B oil sands project with Teck, Total

Suncor Energy Inc. (SU), Canada’s largest energy company by market value, will proceed with the C$13.5 billion ($12.9 billion) Fort Hills oil sands project as it seeks to increase production.  More »

Tepco split looms as utility lacks motive to fix Fukushima

More than 30 months after an earthquake triggered the world’s worst nuclear disaster in a quarter of a century, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being told by his own party that Japan’s response is failing.  More »

Shell’s profit drops as production, refining margins slump

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, reported third-quarter earnings that missed analyst estimates as production and refinery margins dropped.  More »

Statoil profit climbs on record international output

Statoil ASA, Norway’s biggest energy company, said profit climbed 2 percent in the third quarter as oil production increased and its output from its international operations reached a record.  More »

Canada to see fewer wells as fracking increases

Oil and natural gas wells in Canada are expected to fall 1.5 percent in 2014 as increased use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling reduces the number of wells producers require.  More »

North Dakota oil spill spotlights Obama rule delay

Three years after an oil pipeline rupture in Michigan spilled 843,000 gallons of sludge, government regulators still have not produced promised rules to compel operators to detect leaks.  More »

Energy Future adds new directors as vote on default nears, source says

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the power producer preparing for bankruptcy, added two directors to its boards before a vote this week on whether to make a crucial interest payment, said a person with knowledge of the situation.  More »

Occidental to decide on potential California split by year-end

Occidental Petroleum Corp. will decide by the end of the year whether to split its California operations into a separate company as the final step in a breakup plan.  More »
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