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FuelFix Newslinks |09.12.11|

Technip grabs Global. Spills prompt pipeline scrutiny. Magellan eyes Corpus for crude.  More »
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Norwegian giant in it for the long haul with Texas shale venture

Helge Lund, CEO of Norway’s Statoil, likes to say his company is more than just a financial investor in shale gas fields in the U.S., and he made that abundantly clear one morning last week.  More »
Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette, Adam Sacasa)

Report: Wildfires weaken natural gas demand in Texas

Wildfires, fed by a historic drought, have so far spared oil and gas operations in East Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, but they’ve had another impact on the energy sector: a drop in natural gas consumption.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.09.11|

Houston plugs-in for EVs. Thomas to replace Papa at EOG. Don’t talk to the Cubans.  More »
Semi-subermisible oil rigs and jackup drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cameron, La. (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Don’t hold your breath on faster permitting

The oil and gas industry keeps calling for a return to the good old days before Macondo, when the offshore drilling permits cane fast and furious. Others in the industry says that pace is not likely to return.  More »
Sharon Riley, who lives on Tahitian Drive in the Tahitian Villiage neighborhood in Bastrop, Texas, keeps an eye on the smoke-filled sky while contemplating whether or not to evacuate on Monday Sept. 5, 2011. (Photo: Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

Wildfires dim some sections of Texas power grid

Fire-related outages on some high voltage transmission lines have led to brief electric price spikes in part of Texas, but there haven’t been any significant outages.  More »
Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette, Adam Sacasa)

Wildfires threaten Texas oil and gas activity

Oil and gas companies with operations in Texas are keeping a close eye on wildfires that are wreaking havoc across central and southeast portions of the state, but so far there have been no reports of disrupted activity.  More »
A new storm brews in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: The Weather Channel)

Here we go again… Offshore platform evacuations begin *updates*

BP has begun moving non-essential workers from a few of its deepwater platforms as a precaution should Tropical Storm Nate venture into the Northern Gulf of Mexico.  More »
A still from the new documentary Pretty Slick, which claims BP and the government has lied about the toxicity of efforts to disperse the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill (Image: James Fox)

Spill documentary alleges cleanup cover-up

A filmmaker better known for his work covering UFO’s has made a documentary that claims BP used dispersants too aggressively in an effort to hide the full impact of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »
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Oil spill legal battle costing feds millions

Government agencies have had to spend many millions of dollars gathering and sorting through millions of pages of documents requested by companies involved in the massive civil oil spill litigation filed in a New Orlean federal court.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.08.11|

Mad Dog has more growl. Refinery faces criminal charges. Test anxiety for pipeline owners  More »
Pelican Refining's Lake Charles, La. facility is at the center of criminal charges related to environmental regulations. The facility was purchased in 2005 by a group including former Coastal Corp. CEO Oscar Wyatt. (Photo: Rick Hickman for the Houston Chronicle)

Lake Charles refinery hit with criminal charges

Federal officials say a Louisiana refinery owned by well-known Houston oil men Oscar Wyatt and David Chalmers violated federal anti-pollution laws and obstructed justice during an investigation.  More »