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Senate bill would block EPA regulation of coal ash

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill similar to one in the House that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating disposal of ash from coal-burning power plants.  More »
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Dril-Quip Chairman and CEO steps down suddenly

Dril-Quip co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mike Walker has stepped down from the company unexpectedly, leading analysts to wonder if the company may now become a takeover target.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |10.21.11|

Traders enter guilty pleas. Noble surges on Israeli demand. EPA to regulate drilling water.  More »
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Texas set another record for wind power

The state’s wind farms were spinning away in the early morning hours of Oct. 7, setting a new record for wind generation in the Lone Star state, says ERCOT.  More »
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Poll: Americans dissatisfied with direction on energy issues. Are you?

The national survey by the University of Texas found that Americans think government and big businesses have failed on energy issues, but they feel economic growth should take precedence over protecting the environment in energy decisions.  More »
Charles "Chuck" Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Noble Energy boosts earnings on Israel’s growing gas demand

Noble Energy reported a 90 percent rise in third-quarter proft, bolstered by increased natural gas sales to Israel as political turmoil in Egypt reduced Israel’s imports from that neighbor.  More »
The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co.'s expanded pipeline will carry oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: LyondellBasell)

Oil traders enter into plea deal with feds over LyondellBasell case

Clyde Meltzer and Bernard Langley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud refiner LyondellBasell out of millions of dollars.  More »
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Sleek Tesla cars are electrifying, but beware the sticker shock

The Houston showroom for electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors opens Saturday, but we got a sneak peak on Thursday.  More »
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Encana quarterly profit falls 80% on Canadian dollar decline

Encana Corp., Canada’s biggest natural-gas producer, said third-quarter profit declined 80 percent as the decline in the Canadian dollar resulted in currency losses.  More »
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What’s that, McFly? The DeLorean goes electric

The iconic 80s sportscar coveted by Back to the Future fans comes closer to flux capacitor power this month, with DeLorean’s announcement that it’s rolling out a new all-electric model.  More »
OPEN WIDE: Ramp worker Dude Muirhead unloads a Cathay Pacific Cargo aircraft Wednesday at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Air cargo shipments through Houston rose 6.3 percent in the first eight months of 2011 compared with last year. (Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle)

Oil equipment helps Houston air cargo soar

Oil prices drive international cargo boom at Bush Intercontinental Airport.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |10.20.11|

The other El Paso deal. Keystone XL change won’t stick. A solar trade war?  More »