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Texas may break peak power prediction mark today *update*

The state appears to be on pace to top what the Texas grid operator expected to be peak power usage for this summer.  More »
The shale drilling boom has increased the interest in information about upstream energy developments. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Oil and gas companies increased reserves, revenue in 2010

The industry’s 50 largest companies saw their greatest annual growth in domestic oil and gas reserves in at least five years, according to a study by Ernst & Young. The Permian Basin in West Texas and the Eagle Ford play in South Texas in particular benefited from growing interest in shale gas.  More »
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Biodiesel industry to run national ads

The ad, set in Dallas, touts biodiesel as a clean-burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel that can help reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, create jobs and slash tailpipe emissions.  More »
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Energy experts: Don’t cut Energy Info Admin budget

The Energy Information Administration is a key source for unbiased energy data, says a gaggle of government and industry experts in a letter urging Congress not to cut the EIA’s budget.  More »
Cleanup worker Jeiner Foronda places fresh absorbent boom in the affected marshland of Terrebonne Parish, La., while cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle )

Oil spill cleaned up, but source still unknown

Crude floating near Venice, La., last week has disappeared, but federal investigators are still searching for the source of that oil.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |06.15.11|

Ethanol survives. An Eagle Ford mystery. Bloom goes the car factory.  More »
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Exxon-led spill containment group debuts deeper-water system

The Marine Well Containment Company said Tuesday it has begun offering a system capable of containing oil spills in 10,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, an improvement over a previous 8,000-foot system.  More »
It takes water to produce energy, energy to produce water, both to produce crops.

Texas researchers receive federal grant for biofuels

Texas Engineering Experiment Station will use $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help turn organic material into gasoline and jet fuel.  More »
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Fuel-efficient used car values come off peak as gas prices ease

With pump prices retreating in recent weeks, values of compact, subcompact and hybrid vehicles have begun to decline for the first time since January, according to Kelly Blue Book.  More »
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Shell’s Nigerian production disrupted by fires, pipeline breaches

Oil theft blammed for cuts in key oil supply pipelines in Nigerian delta region.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |06.14.11|

Clayton’s still bullish. Drought may crimp drilling. Saudi hub still vulnerable.  More »
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Feds shake up offshore oil and gas inspections

Government inspections of thousands of offshore oil and gas facilities will now involve teams of federal workers rather than just a single auditor. The federal agency that oversees offshore drilling has just launched a first-ever program for broadly training the inspectors.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Texas drought could crimp Eagle Ford drilling

The state’s record-breaking drought is making it harder for water-intense drilling operations to find water needed for operations.  More »
A natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale. (AP file photo/Donna McWilliam)

Avista backs new onshore driller Sidewinder

Avista Capital is putting $125 million behind a group of former Scorpion Offshore execs to start a new land drilling firm, Sidewinder.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |06.13.11|

Permian rises again. Free frac trips for supporters. Salazar up in air over job.  More »