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Republicans to question EPA official on air-toxics rule for power plants

House Republicans will bring the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official before a committee today to question him on the economic impacts of a proposed air-toxics rule for power plants. The hearing comes as a coalition of states, including Texas, and utilities ask a federal court to delay the final rule’s issuance until late in 2012.  More »
Andrew Gould, chairman of Schlumberger (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Schlumberger’s Gould to take top post at BG Group next year

Andrew Gould, chairman of oilfield service giant Schlumberger, will become chairman of BG Group next year, the British gas firm announced in a press release today.  More »
Anadarko headquarters in  The Woodlands.

Anadarko reports wider net loss on spill settlement

Anadarko reported a net loss of $3.05 billion, or $6.12 a share, due in large part to a settlement with BP over the Gulf oil spill.  More »
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Analyst: Isenberg’s $100 million parting package “offensive to some”

The financial performance for Nabors Industries has underperformed compared to the broader market and other energy firms. The pay package for Chairman Eugene Isenberg — including his $100 million parting gift — is a case of overperformance versus the peers.  More »
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Refining town sees energy education as key to fighting own poverty

By Jeannie Kever, Houston Chronicle Like a lot of people growing up in Baytown and the other blue-collar towns east of Houston, Wade Williams never thought about college. Why would he? For an earlier generation, the refineries and petrochemical plants along the Houston Ship Channel had provided anyone with a high school diploma – sometimes not […]  More »
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Guilt trips are effective weapon against electricity use, study finds

Utility companies are partnering with Facebook to let users now how their electricity use measures up to their friends’ and neighbors’, a tactic found to reduce consumption.  More »
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Kansas Republican to put forth bill axing energy tax credits

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., told lawmakers in a letter last week that his bill to repeal all tax credits for energy production and investment would save the U.S. government up to $90 billion over 10 years in what he says is spending that distorts the market.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |10.31.11|

$100 million goodbye kiss. Cuero sees the green. Baytown smartens up.  More »
Eugene Isenberg

$100 million bonus to Nabors boss for stepping aside

Eugene Isenberg, the former Chairman and CEO of Nabors Industries, will be paid a $100 million cash bonus as he drops his CEO title.  More »
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SemGroup adopts plan to fend off Plains unsolicited buyout offer

SemGroup Corp., the oil and natural- gas pipeline company that is the target of a $1 billion buyout attempt by Plains All American Pipeline LP, adopted a plan designed to thwart the unwanted bid.  More »
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U.S. rig count rises by eight to 2,021

The U.S. energy rig count rose by eight to 2,021 this week, nearly erasing a loss of 10 one week earlier, as natural gas producers made more plays, according to data published by Baker Hughes.  More »
Luminant's Big Brown coal power plant (AP photo)

Texas takes its case against revised EPA rule to the agency

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed revisions to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule don’t satisfy Texas’ concerns about whether the state and its utilities can comply, a top state official told the agency today in Washington.  More »
Anthony Petrello, CEO of Nabors Industries. (Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Nabors CEO Eugene Isenberg steps down; COO Anthony Petrello takes helm

Isenberg has led the company since 1987 and recruited Petrello in 1991 as his successor.  More »
An Air China airplane is fueled with a mixture of jet fuel and bio-liquid fuel in Beijing, China, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. (Nelson Ching / Bloomberg)

China, US companies test-fly biofuel-powered plane

A jumbo jet powered by fuel made from oily nuts made a two-hour test flight Friday as part of a U.S.-Chinese renewable energy partnership.  More »
Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total profit rises 13% on higher oil prices

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil producer, said profit rose 13% amid higher prices and improved refining results even as production dropped for the third straight quarter.  More »