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Oil companies read the tea leaves (and lots of data)

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Because of the long time horizons and enormous costs of their projects, some oil companies develop projections for world energy conditions decades ahead.
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The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Judge gets sentence recommendation for BP

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The report and recommendation were filed in federal court in New Orleans late Monday.
This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

IHS CERA: Market shifts for Canadian oil sands crude

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The Gulf Coast is poised to be a major market for bitumen harvested from Canada’s oil sands, despite a surge of domestic crude extracted from North Dakota, Texas and other states, according to a report released Monday.
(AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Judge allows expert’s reports on ill-fated rig

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Reports prepared by one of Transocean’s key experts, who later died in a car crash, will be admitted during next month’s civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Houston Ship Channel (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Kinder Morgan to spend $170 million on terminal expansion

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP plans a new dock and 1.2 million barrels of liquids storage tanks at the Houston Ship Channel.
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Steffy: National panel questions reliability of Texas’ electric grid

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The agency that oversees reliability for the nation’s electric grid has questioned the adequacy of Texas’ deregulated system to meet growing demand for electricity.
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A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Propane gaining ground as alternative vehicle fuel

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Around here, most people stare blankly when Bret Chandler starts talking about using propane as an alternate vehicle fuel.
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Research by Andrew Barron, a Rice University chemistry professor, led to the creation of a new type of ceramic proppant for use in hydraulic fracturing.

Technology draws bead on hydraulic fracturing

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Companies are rushing to stay on the leading edge of developing ceramic proppant, as research shows that the tiny beads provide a better boost for oil flow than conventional sand when used in hydraulic fracturing.
(Photo: BFS Man)

Steffy: Sunset panel is no friend of power consumers

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It didn’t take the Sunset Advisory Commission long to leave consumers in the dark.
Kenny Lee, a mechanical engineer at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis holds a prototype of an artificial photosynthesis panel on Wednesday January 9, 2012 in Berkeley, Calif. JCAP has entered a race to create earth friendly fuels that some day may actual combat the effects of global warming. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle

Turning over new leaf in climate change

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In a tidy white lab on the southern edge of Berkeley, scientists are trying to duplicate one of nature’s greatest tricks, pulling energy out of thin air.
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