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FuelFix Newslinks |11.14.11|

Bust for Keystone, boon for Enterprise? Barnett in decline. A ‘natural’ slick off Brazil.  More »
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Dynegy lease trustee seeks examiner for pre-filing transfer

A trustee for leases on some Dynegy Holdings LLC properties asked a judge to appoint an examiner to investigate allegedly fraudulent transfers of assets from the company to parent Dynegy Inc. two months before the unit filed for bankruptcy.  More »
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at a public natural gas fueling station. (Photo: Honda)

Nat gas-fueled Honda Civic GX will make nationwide debut in December

Drivers looking for an alternative to gasoline but who aren’t ready to jump on the electric vehicle bandwagon just yet will soon have another choice at Houston Honda dealerships.  More »
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 »