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FuelFix Newslinks |09.21.11|

Conoco to give say on pay. “Gasland II” on the way. “Ethical Oil” ads rile Saudis.  More »
Rolando Pablos, right, resigned from the Public Utility Commission Thursday. (AP photo)

San Antonio attorney named to Public Utility Commission

Gov. Rick Perry has named Rolando Pablos to fill the post on the Texas Public Utility Commission left vacant by Barry Smitherman.  More »
Gasland

“Gasland II” due out in 2012

A sequel to the Oscar-nominated documentary remains in production and is expected to air on HBO next year, a spokeswoman for the network said.  More »
A screenshot of BP's video of the capped Macondo well and nearby relief well in August 2011. (Image: Screen shot from BP video)

New Macondo videos posted in response to rumors

Reports of oil slicks near the Macondo well site in the Gulf in August prompted BP to send ROVs to the sea floor to inspect the well for leaks. Video footage was posted on a government web site this week.  More »
An approximately 90-foot long gash stretches along the hull of the Cosco Busan as cargo is unloaded in Oakland, Calif. Investigators are probing whether prescription medication taken by the pilot of the container ship that struck a bridge support in November, 2007, played a role in the collision, which spilled 58,000 gallons of fuel into the San Francisco Bay. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

$44 million settles Cosco Busan oil spill in bay

The shipping companies responsible for the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, which polluted San Francisco Bay and killed thousands of birds and fish, have agreed to pay $44.4 million to restore habitat and reimburse the agencies that responded to the disaster, state and federal officials announced Monday.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.20.11|

Industry tax breaks targetted. Chevron payout unblocked. Gas demand spike by 2035.  More »
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Appeals court lifts Chevron ruling blocking $18B Ecuador award

Ecuadorans suing Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Amazon rain forest are one step closer to collecting a $9.5 billion judgment against the San Ramon company. A U.S. appeals court lifted a lower court’s order that had blocked the Ecuadorans from collecting money in the long-running lawsuit.  More »
A security guard blocks a shot of the bankruopt Solyndra in a public area, in Fremont, Calif., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Smith calls for independent Solyndra loan investigation

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wants the Department of Justice to hire an outside lawyer to probe an Energy Department loan to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.  More »
A team competes in the 2011 National Gas Rodeo, a competition for natural gas service crews. (Photo: Dave Bakunes)

At this rodeo, it’s all about pipes and ‘gas hogs’

Don’t expect to see a bucking bronco or leather chaps at The National Gas Rodeo, an annual event for crews that work in the natural gas services business.  More »
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Statoil donates $5 million to Univ. of Texas for energy research

The agreement is the biggest of its kind outside Norway for Statoil, which is two-thirds owned by the Norwegian government, and builds on a relationship that the two institutions have had for many years, Statoil said.  More »
An oil clean-up vessels processes leaked oil on the sea surface around the C platform of the Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, China on July 11, 2011. (Photo: Associated Press)

ConocoPhillips establishes second Chinese spill fund

The Houston oil giant said the new fund will specifically address environmental issues in China’s Bohai Bay after two spills at a company-operated field in June, while a separate fund will go to any damages arising from the incidents.  More »
Community groups protest Sunday in the Manchester neighborhood, near a Valero refinery. (Photo: Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle)

Houstonians protest pipeline plan

With a Valero refinery in the background, environmental activists gathered in Hartmann Park in east Houston Sunday to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will lead to more pollution in smog-filled Houston.  More »