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Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime, but scattered battles erupted and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

Oil firms unsure when they’ll return to Libya

Oil companies with activities in Libya said Monday it is too early to predict how quickly they can return to work in the war-torn nation following the invasion of Tripoli and apparent overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi by rebel forces over the weekend.  More »
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Construction accelerated on Permian-to-Gulf pipeline

Denver-based DCP Midstream said construction is set to begin on the Sand Hills Pipeline, which will transport natural gas liquids from west and south Texas to Mont Belvieu markets.  More »
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford shale. (Photo: John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

Valero restarts one crude unit at its Memphis plant

San Antonio-based refiner Valero Energy Corp. launched a restart of one of two crude distillation units Thursday at its Memphis, Tenn., refinery, the company said.  More »
Republican Michele Bachmann speaks to a crowd in South Carolina. (Photo: Richard Shiro, Associated Press)

Video: Bachmann says she’ll get gas under $2 if elected

Do you miss $2 gas? If you do, you might think about casting your vote for Republican Michele Bachmann for president in 2012.  More »
A natural gas platform is shown off the coast of Fort Morgan, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Oil sheen spotted near plugged BP wells in the Gulf

The U.S. Coast Guard and regulators continues to investigate the source of an oily sheen that appeared on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico late last week near two plugged BP exploration wells and undersea pipelines owned by other companies.  More »
BP's Thunder Horse Platform is moved into the Gulf of Mexico by tug boats. (Photo: BP)

Oil sheen reported near BP’s Thunder Horse platform in Gulf

The silvery oil sheen measured 2 feet by 30 feet, but BP said the release of fluid had been stopped and operations at Thunder Horse were never interrupted.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |08.18.11|

BP investigates a new sheen in the Gulf. Nobel, Consol aggree to Pa. shale deal. Alligators could serve as diesel fuel?  More »
Michael Jenkins, left, and Joshua Dugan work on an oil rig running on Anadarko’s Raybank Well near Mentone, about 90 miles west of Midland.

Back in black: Oil drilling tops gas for first time in 18 years

Natural gas drilling has been the dominant energy story in the U.S. for the past few years, but oil is back with a vengeance. For the first time in 18 years the number of oil rigs working in the U.S. has risen above the number of natural gas rigs, according to July rig data compiled […]  More »
Harish Patel, of Cox Oil of Dallas, works to set up the Cox Oil booth at the NAPE Expo on the exhibit floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. . (Brett Coomer/Chronicle)

Summer NAPE opens semi-annual marketplace for oil and gas deals

Looking for the next big play in oil and gas? Then you should be over at NAPE — formerly known as the North American Prospects Expo – which gets started today at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.  More »
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Survey: Satisfaction with Texas electric markets grows

Champion Energy Services took the top spot in J.D. Powers’ annual survey of electric retailers. Overall customer satisfaction with Texas’ electric market has grown, according to the 4th annual survey.  More »
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Williams maintains $5.49 billion bid for Southern Union

Williams’s $44-a-share proposal is more certain and valuable than the Energy Transfer bid because it isn’t linked to a declining stock price, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company said.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |08.17.11|

Williams not giving up on SUG. Rust Belt shale oil promise. Cold killed the grid.  More »