Fuel Fix

Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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Categories: Crude oil, featured, Gasoline
The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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Categories: Crude oil, featured, Gasoline
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Drillers shut down dozens of rigs last week, biggest pull-back since April 2015

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Losses in the oil patch deepened in the second half of 2015 and into 2016 along with plummeting prices of crude.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Texas
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in Houston in 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ex-BP engineer renews effort to have Gulf oil spill charges tossed

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A former BP engineer charged with obstructing justice in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is renewing efforts to have the indictment against him dismissed.
Categories: Gulf oil spill
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Most lawsuits settled in gas pipeline explosion

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The companies that own a gas pipeline that exploded near Charleston in December have settled all but one of the lawsuits filed by residents who were impacted by the blast.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
The headquarters building of the China National Petroleum Corp. in Beijing. (AP file photo/Greg Baker)

China investigates 3 more oil company officials

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China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has pledged to crack down on corruption and government waste.
Categories: Asia
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

NRG: Texas should require minimum power reserves

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Texas should consider requiring additional electricity reserves to ensure that the system stays reliable, according to a new report issued Tuesday that was sponsored by NRG Energy.
Categories: Electricity
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Americans want more wind, less costs

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Americans overwhelmingly want more wind energy, but projects that could make that happen have been mired in controversy and concern, experts said at a Houston conference on Tuesday.
Categories: Offshore, Wind
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Commentary: Five dos & don’ts to help you manage your time as a young professional in the oil & gas industry

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Here are my “5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts to Manage Your Time as a Young Professional in the Oil & Gas Industry”!
Shell applied for permission in 2011 to drill 24 exploratory wells in the Karoo. GO!/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa shale pits Shell against sheep farmers

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s shale gas drilling plans for South Africa’s Karoo semi-desert are pitting the government and its energy goals against farmers and conservationists like billionaire Johann Rupert who say the land will be spoiled.
Categories: Shale
(Photo: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr)

Tepco ‘whack-a-mole’ means government takeover in Fukushima

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Japan’s government will lead “emergency measures” to tackle radioactive water spills at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, wresting control of the disaster recovery from the plant’s heavily criticized operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Categories: Nuclear
Two men work on an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

W.Va. lawmakers weigh natural gas trust fund

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Senate President Jeff Kessler is hoping the Legislature’s recent trip to North Dakota will build support for his plans to create a natural gas trust fund in West Virginia.
Categories: Natural gas
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

First Solar sells projects to group led by GE

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First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy Financial Services.
Categories: Deals, Solar
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.
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South Texas earthquakes likely caused by shale boom, researchers say

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A two-year survey of seismic activity links small quakes in South Texas largely to the upswing in the production of oil and brackish water that flows up alongside hydrocarbons.
Categories: Eagle Ford, featured, Weather
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Hold the water: Some firms fracking without it

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The practice of hydraulic fracturing oil and gas wells mostly without water, using gas liquids instead, is beginning to spread.