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FuelFix Newslinks |09.30.11|

Keystone’s not the only pipe out there. Shell will get Alaska challenge. Add $2.20 to your electric bill.  More »
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Houston electric bills will rise another $2.20 per month in 2012

Houston-area electric customers will pay an additional $2.20 per month for the next 14 years to cover CenterPoint Energy’s costs for the switch to a deregulated power market in Texas.  More »
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International law firm looking to buy a Houston firm

SNR Denton says it wants to have a presence in Houston, but it’s not just going to open an office — it’s going to buy an entire law firm.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

Crude pipeline planned from Cushing to Houston

The 500-mile long Wrangler Pipeline will move oil from the over-stocked mid-continent region to Houston-area refineries, and may be considered a competitor to the embattled Keystone XL project.  More »
Television station KHOU published this image of a Texas City refinery flare in April 2011.

Valero calls on grid operator to shape up in Texas City

Refineries in Texas City have been hit by power grid failures repeatedly this year, leading to equipment outages and flaring. Valero CEO Willaim Klesse says enough is enough.  More »
Gulf Oil Spill

Major oil field services firms back to work in Gulf after spill

Schlumberger, Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes, which relocated hundreds of employees during the Gulf slowdown, say most of those workers are now back on the job.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.29.11|

Back to work in the Gulf. Keystone jobs overstated. PR powwow on fracking.  More »
An anti-drilling sign sits in a resident's yard in New York. (Photo: William Montgomery, Houston Chronicle)

Oil industry PR reps to meet in Houston to coordinate message on fracking

The conference will “offer practical, commercial solutions to drive forward the industry’s position” through the internet, social media and grassroots efforts, with the goal of presenting a “united industry front” in answering critics, according to promotional materials.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Report: North American oil output will hit all-time record by 2016

Here comes another oil peak: A new report from Bentek Energy predicts U.S. and Canadian oil production combined could hit an all-time record by 2016, beating out the peak oil production for the continent from the early 1970s.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.28.11|

Feds tap Transocean for Gulf slicks. Enviros call lobbying illegal. SandRidge sells Texas assets.  More »
Cluster of gas signs at filling stations (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Economic good comes by the gallon

Jobs are scarce. The economy remains obstinately sluggish. And European financial woes are threatening to cross the Atlantic.  More »
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Tax credit needed to maintain domestic wind turbine business

U.S. manufacturing of wind turbines will likely fall in 2013 if Congress doesn’t extend a tax credit by this fall, a trade-group official said Tuesday.  More »