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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

Coast Guard, BP find no Macondo oil leak

The Coast Guard said observations Thursday failed to confirm a report by an Alabama newspaper of oil billowing to the surface near the site where BP’s Macondo well blew out last year.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |08.26.11|

Encana gets out of Barnett. What if the GOP kills the EPA? A really big hammer for offshore.  More »
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Consumer energy group targets slow drilling permits in ads

New video ads by the Houston-based Consumer Energy Alliance feature workers who say their businesses have been hurt by slow permitting for Gulf of Mexico drilling.  More »
The Marcellus Shale formation extends under many states along the U.S. East Coast. (Image: U.S. Geological Survey)

Marcellus gas numbers: are they up or are they down?

The U.S. Geological Survey ups its estimate of how much natural gas is in the Marcellus shale, but it’s a far cry from the numbers the Energy Information Administration used in a report earlier this year. Why the big difference?  More »
Flaring at the BP refinery in Texas City at 11:15 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 (Photo: Cody Hardin)

Texas City power problems lead to refinery flares *update*

Brief power outages in Texas City have led to flaring at area refineries. Shelter-in-place warnings are not in effect at this time, according to a public notice.  More »
NRG Energy's SR Bertron Power Plant in Deer Park, Texas. (Photo: NRG Energy)

Power plant troubles go beyond heat and drought

A prolonged drought, looming environmental rules and shortcomings in the incentives for building new power plants could cause even more problems with Texas’ electric grid in the next year.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |08.25.11|

Ups and downs in Marcellus estimates. RRC yells “sue them!” Cheaper gas but less driving.  More »
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Price tag for Texas wind power lines climbs 38%

Hundreds of miles of new power transmission lines to bring wind power to Texas’ major cities was supposed to cost around $4.9 billion. An update on the projects has the price coming in closer to $6.79 billion.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |08.24.11|

Dry winter means power trouble. Libya’s long oil recovery. Goodbye to the Moron.  More »
A power plant on the Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir near Hallsburg, Texas. The plant was owned by Luminant but taken offline in 2010. (Photo: Flickr/srv0)

More power plant woes likely if Texas drought drags into winter

Low water levels in power plant reservoirs could lead to plant shut-downs later this year if Texas continues to suffer through its record-breaking drought.  More »
Waves of heat reflect the sunset as it sinks behind motorists travelling along Alabama Highway 157 in Colbert County, Ala.  (Photo: Matt McKean/Associated Press)

Texas enters Level 1 power emergency, conservation urged *update*

Power reserves dipped below 2,300 megawatts Tuesday afternoon, prompting state power line managers to call for voluntary conservation.  More »
Ron Kirchoff works on a computer at the Aerospace Transition Center in Houston. Located three miles from Johnson Space Center, it is designed help thousands of aerospace workers find another job. ( Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle )

Baker Hughes to hold job fair for ex-NASA workers

Out of work NASA contractors will have a shot at launching a new career in Houston’s energy sector next week.  More »