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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
(LM Otero/AP)

Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

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Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants.
Categories: Legal issues
(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Sinopec beats PetroChina as refining profit boosts net

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (386), Asia’s biggest refiner, posted a 24 percent increase in first-half net income after its refining business returned to profit, outperforming PetroChina Co.
Categories: Finance/Earnings
In this  2013 photo, Nick Morgan, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prepares to launch a drone during a research mission.  (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok)

FAA Oks drones over Alaska oil area

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The FAA has cleared the way for unmanned aircraft, or drones, to fly for the Alaskan oil industry.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas
Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Pittsburgh gets advice on airport gas drilling

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Officials from Consol Energy Inc. and Pittsburgh International Airport went to Texas in May to seek advice on gas drilling deals, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Categories: Natural gas
The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise enters the Northern Sea Route (NSR) off Russia's coastline to protest against Arctic oil drilling, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The sign reads "Save the Arctic!"  (AP Photo/Will Rose, Greenpeace,)

Russian officials board environmentalists’ vessel

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The environmental group Greenpeace says that Russian authorities have boarded their ship which is in the Arctic to protest against oil drilling.
Categories: Environment

Back to Basics: Direct Hydropower

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This is a final guest post of Kris de Decker, founder and writer at Low-tech Magazine, an internet publication highlighting the need for elegant yet simple sustainable energy technologies. We published a number of most interesting in-depth energy artic…
Categories: Electricity
The Deepwater Millennium drillship  works on an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. project in the Rovuma Basin off the coast of Mozambique. (Anadarko Petroleum Corp.)

Anadarko to get $2.6 billion for part of offshore Mozambique gas block

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said Sunday night it had signed a deal to sell a 10 percent interest in an offshore Mozambique natural gas block offshore to Indian company ONGC Videsh for $2.64 billion.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Penn. fracturing health project puts numbers to debate

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A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.
A Frank's International crew works on a rig. (Frank's International handout photo)

Frank’s International: A business goes public but keeps family roots

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CEO Donald Keith Mosing spoke with FuelFix about the service company’s roots, its IPO and his family’s legacy.
Driller Paul Allison operates the independent Barrett Brothers Number 1 drilling rig in Presideo County between Alpine and Marfa, Texas.

Texas wildcatters take big risk to strike black gold (photos)

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As oil’s largest corporation have rushed into South Texas to pump millions of barrels out of the Eagle Ford Shale, wildcatters are combing the region’s edges in hopes of striking it big.
Categories: Eagle Ford, featured

Tech Talk – Where to Expect More Oil to Come This Year

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The news that Saudi Arabia is planning to employ 200 drilling rigs next year (up from 20 back in 2005) suggests that there is a recognition that future reserves may not measure up to the planned volumes needed. Plans now include exploration of the sha…
Categories: Uncategorized
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Embassy of the Philippines vows to protect claims of workers hurt in Gulf blast

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Officials from the Philippines vowed to protect the rights and claims of workers from the country who were injured and killed in last year’s fatal Gulf platform blast.