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Turkey to reduce Iranian oil imports

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey says it is reducing oil imports from neighboring Iran by 20 percent and will make up for it with purchases from Libya. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Turkey plans to purchase one million tons of oil from Libya this year, and also engage in spot oil purchases from Saudi Arabia. Turkey’s […]  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas in 2011. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Changes to the FuelFix comments section

Readers will be able to comment on FuelFix stories through Facebook on Thursday.  More »

Eagle Ford roads are taking a beating

Roads that were meant for the small-town traffic of ranchers and the occasional school bus now are getting pounded by heavy trucks in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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