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Ethicaloil.org has called for Canadians to boycott Chiquita bananas after the company announced it wouldn't use fuel made from Canada's tar sands. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)

Oil group calls for Chiquita banana boycott

Ethicaloil.org, a group who advocates for oil sands, has called for Canadians to boycott Chiquita bananas and Fresh Express Salads after the produce company said it would no longer use fuel made from the controversial Alberta tar sands.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.19.11|

Loren Steffy talks about the myths of untapped oil. Drilling is up in 2012, but companies are getting fewer leases. Is the 100-Watt days numbered?  More »
Broken Light Bulb

Groups say light bulb compromise is no bright idea

Consumer, environmental and manufacturing interests all criticized a measure that delays new light bulb efficiency standards as part of a compromise to avoid another government shutdown.  More »
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Shell moves closer to Westward Ho pipeline project

The Westward Ho should allow refineries to access the growing supply of domestic and foreign crude oil coming through St. James, the company said. The new pipeline would also complement new storage and logistics infrastructure that are currently being built in the St. James and Clovelly, La. areas.  More »
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Report: Natural gas exports wouldn’t move prices much

A report by consulting firm Deloitte projects that exports would increase the average price of natural gas prices by less than 2 percent. But Gulf Coast prices would rise by 7 percent.  More »
The Constitution spar in the Gulf of Mexico (Anadarko)

Anadarko gives green light to Lucius project in Gulf

Anadarko said today it plans to begin drilling in the Lucius project in 2012, tapping what the company has touted as its “most economic project” in its stable.  More »
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Gasoline prices drop across Texas

The average price of gasoline dropped to $3.07 in Houston, down from the $3.10 average from last week. Texas saw prices fall to $3.08, and the national average is down 4 cents to $3.25.  More »
frame full of pink slips, layoff notices, etc.

Chevron Phillips to lay off dozens at Pasadena plastics complex

The Woodlands-based chemical company plans to cut 61 Pasadena employees beginning in February, due to closure of a polypropylene facility.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.15.11|

Chevron Phillips gives Pasadena workers the pink slips. Pennsylvanians are still mixed about natural gas drilling. And Exxon predicts that U.S. oil imports might have peaked.  More »
Aerial view shows  the petrochemical refinery complex in Deer Park. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Chevron Phillips to expand chemical facilities on Gulf Coast

The petrochemical company announced that it will construct an ethane cracker in Baytown and two polyethylene plants  More »
A Kinder Morgan Energy Parterns oil terminal along the Houston Ship Channel (Photo: Kinder Morgan)

Kinder Morgan plans $130 million processing facility

Houston-based Kinder Morgan said today that it plans to build a petroleum condensate processing facility near an existing terminal in the Houston Ship Channel.  More »
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Household electricity bills are rising

Household electricity bills have risen sharply over the past five years after years of stable prices, but Texans are still paying slightly below the national average for electricity, according to a USA Today story.  More »