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Californians could get free gas … with a catch

Drivers in California could fill up their tank without paying a cent. Oh, but it has to be hydrogen-powered car.
Categories: General
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Report: Shale boom revamping U.S. refining industry

A Hart Energy study concludes that refiners with access to U.S. shale oil and other unconventional crudes will realize larger margins, leading to higher utilization and new construction.
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Josh Fox releases new short documentary on fracking

Filmmaker Josh Fox released a short documentary, dubbed “The Sky is Pink,” about the energy sector’s campaign for natural gas and criticisms about his Oscar-nominated film Gasland.
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Late night talkers take tough stance on fracking

Hydraulic fracturing isn’t finding any friends on late night talk shows – or at least not recently.
Al Armendariz will have a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee grill him Wednesday about his comments and record as EPA head of an area overseeing energy-rich states. Photo: AP GraphicsBank

Former Texas EPA official talks about state’s biggest problem

Former EPA regional chief Al Armendariz, who resigned amid a flap over his suggestion that the agency should “crucify” violators, spoke with the Texas Tribune about EPA’s relationship with the energy industry and Texas environmental regulators.
Categories: Environment
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Apache reports 73 percent drop in Q2 earnings

Houston-based Apache Corporation, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, reported a 73 percent drop in second quarter earnings over the same time last year, hard hit by the recent drop in oil and gas prices.
Categories: Natural gas
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Pennsylvania man uses high-tech filter system to keep methane at bay

Pennsylvania resident Michael Leighton had Chesapeake Energy install a high-tech filter system in his Bradford County home to prevent methane gas from seeping into his water well.
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Steffy: More questions about wholesale electric market

A new report makes the latest developments in Texas’ deregulated electricity market look more and more like a scene from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Categories: Electricity
A massive fire from a PG&E pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E ignored gaps in data, engineer says

A key Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas engineer testified that he repeatedly told his bosses the company was relying on flawed data to vouch for the safety of its gas transmission lines before the San Bruno disaster, but that the utility took no steps to fix the problem.
Categories: Pipelines
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Phillips 66 profits from refining U.S. crude

Newly independent refining corporation Phillips 66 is tying its success to North America’s growing bounty of crude, employing a bevy of transportation methods to free its refineries from higher-priced oil imports.
Categories: General