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The Whole Foods Market Montrose has two electric car charging stations in Houston. (Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle)

Wireless charging could make electric cars easier to charge

Qualcomm, a wireless technology company, is making charging electric cars as easy as driving up and parking on the street.  More »
Pacific Drilling, an ultra deepwater drilling company formed in 2008, owns a fleet of eight drillships, including the Pacific Bora. (Image: Pacific Drilling)

Deepwater operator Pacific Drilling makes NYSE debut

Pacific Drilling — backed by the son of the late Israeli billionaire Sammy Ofer — will operate its fleet of six deepwater drillships from Houston.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.11.11|

Keystone stalled. Nabors’ exec jet investigation.Frac fluids found in aquifer.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Energy companies spent $750 million lobbying for hydraulic fracturing

Oil and gas companies that hydraulically fracture wells spent $747 million lobbying federal policymakers and contributing to lawmakers’ campaigns from 2001 through late 2011, an advocacy group said today. Common Cause says its findings reflect industry’s desire to avoid federal regulation.  More »
Luminant's Big Brown coal power plant (AP photo)

Senate rejects measure to block EPA’s cross-state emissions rule

The Senate today shot down a resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s cross-state power plant emissions rule that Texas lawmakers have criticized and the state has asked a court to block.  More »
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New wind power forecasting system can save millions

A new detailed wind energy forecasting system is allowing a utility company to better determine the amount of energy that can be produced by wind farms, officials said.  More »
Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Santa might be bringing you a present at the pump for Christmas

Gas prices didn’t see much change from a week ago, but they could be on the decline in the coming weeks, an analyst says.  More »
The Thomas Ferguson Power Plant in Llano County is owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority. In November 2011 the EPA gave the plant Texas' first permit for greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: HorseshoeBay.gov)

Texas power plant gets first greenhouse gas permit from EPA

The EPA has given the go-ahead to expand a 37-year-old natural gas fired power plant in Llano County.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.10.11|

Study fails to find frac link. A new Keystone route. When 911′s a no-show.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Editorial: BP oil giant must show the way with rigor

Like many others, we have mixed feelings about the likely return of BP to oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. This had better not be the same old BP that had a deserved reputation for arrogance and dangerous risk-taking across the energy industry.  More »
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EPA will move to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will quietly move forward with its first-ever limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants, in the absence of action from Congress and using its recently obtained authority under the Clean Air Act.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

UT study: No direct fracking-water contamination link

Preliminary results of a University of Texas study on hydraulic fracturing say it doesn’t appear the subterranean process is directly contaminating groundwater, but fracturing sites may have a higher incidence of surface problems that can occur with any type of drilling.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.09.11|

Feds take five for drilling. Crude demand lowered. Ship Channel changes abound.  More »
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TPG puts $1 billion behind Maverick for gas assets

Private equity giant TPG Capital will put $1 billion behind two exploration and production business veterans to form a new company focused on acquiring onshore natural gas production assets.  More »
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Texas oil and gas regulators can pack heat

Workers with Texas’ main oil and gas industry regulator, the Railroad Commission, are now allowed to carry concealed weapons while on the job if they’re properly licensed.  More »