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ERCOT: Controlled blackouts may not be needed today *Update*

ERCOT says the power emergency is over and rolling blackouts can be stopped for now, but the agency will monitor the grid closely for any additional issues.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |02.03.11|

Texas scrambles to avoid more blackouts. Frac study grows near. Feinberg’s tight with BP.  More »
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The blackouts might return: What you can do to avoid them

Texas power officials want consumers to keep conserving power until the widespread power plant outages are resolved.  More »
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What’s behind the blackouts? Power plants not designed for cold weather

Frozen pipes, clogged gas line likely led to power plant outages in the northern part of the state.  More »
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Texans encouraged to conserve as rolling blackouts continue *Updated*

Texas utilities may begin rolling blackouts — temporary controlled outages — in response to power plants going offline due to the cold.  More »
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Magnolia without power for hours

Readers from the community north of Houston say blackouts began around 7:30 a.m. and lasted into the afternoon.  More »
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Why can’t CenterPoint tell me when my power will be off?

Logistical challenges and a constantly changing situation makes it hard for local power line companies to give warnings on when rolling blackouts will occur, a CenterPoint spokesman says.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |02.02.11|

BP’s dividend threatened. Embracing $100 crude. Chevron brings in RICO.  More »
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BP refinery sale unlikely to affect jobs in Texas City

But a new company’s name on the troubled facility “will mean a whole lot” to the community, the refinery’s union rep says.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |02.01.11|

BP to leave Texas City. Drillers deny diesel work illegal. Anadarko down but not out.  More »
BP CEO Bob Dudley (AP file photo/Alastair Grant)

BP to sell Texas City refinery, resume dividend

BP’s new strategy includes selling its Texas City refinery and focusing on exploration and production, the company said. The oil giant also reported a $3.7 billion fourth quarter profit and a return of its quarterly dividend.  More »
A Devon Energy flex-drilling rig in the Barnett Shale (Kevin Fujii/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Dems: Diesel used in frac jobs without permits *update*

Firms including BJ Services and Halliburton used millions of gallons of fracking fluids that contained diesel without proper permits between 2005 and 2009, say a trio of House Democrats looking at the issue. (Photo: Houston Chronicle file)  More »
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Chevron plans $1.4 billion project at Pascagoula refinery

The Mississippi refinery project will make Chevron the largest producer of base oil, a key ingredient in synthetic lubricants. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)  More »
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Exxon records $9.2 billion quarterly profit on oil, gas, refining rebound

The Irving-based oil giant’s fourth-quarter profits were up 53 percent, the highest since its Q3 2008 record. Annual profit was $30.5 billion. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |01.31.11|

Another Chinese shale deal. Last minute changes irked DWH crew. Jailed trader gave big. (Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)  More »