Fuel Fix

Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

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FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)
“It’s now just become part of our lives,” Patty Jensen said of the massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered in September 2013 by her husband.
Rigs stacked at a business 20 miles west of Farm-To-Market Road 1788 photographed Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

A single oil rig was shut down last week, extending six month decline

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As the price of oil seemingly began to stabilize for now near $60 a barrel, the U.S. oil rig count slowed its pace of decline down to a crawl. The number of U.S. oil rigs is now at 659, according to Baker Hughes data, after dropping by eight oil rigs a week prior.

More Eagle Ford pipeline expansion

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A joint venture of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Magellan Midstream Partners LP has entered into a long-term agreement to move Eagle Ford Shale liquids for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate LLC and Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50-50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, [...]
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The Empire State tanker is one of five that Kinder Morgan plans to purchase from American Petroleum Tankers, part of a $1 billion deal that also includes four newly built vessels from State Class Tankers. (American Petroleum Tankers)

Kinder Morgan to buy tanker businesses for $1B

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Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said Monday.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Offshore

(Photo: Marcellus Protest/Flickr)

Public weighs in on Illinois’ tough fracking law proposal

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The public hearings have ended, but state officials said there’s still time to submit public comments on proposed rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing.
Solar panels in Romulus, N.Y will produce much of the electricity for the sheriff's department. The project was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the state's NY-Sun program. (AP Photo/Seneca County Sheriff's Department)

Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY

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An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.
Categories: Electricity, Solar
( Kevin Fujii / Chronicle )

Company won’t be fined for pipeline without permit

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A company that operated a natural gas pipeline for more than two years without a permit will not be fined by the state Public Service Commission.
Categories: Legal issues, Pipelines
William Epling, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at the University of Houston and president of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Association, in a UH laboratory. (Photo:  Thomas Campbell-University of Houston)

Houston group seeks to put US on the road to natural gas

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Natural gas companies are trying to get more people using their fuel in cars and trucks, and the University of Houston is helping them out.
TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling  speaks at the company's investor day in Toronto. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)

Obama will approve Keystone XL pipeline, CEO says (video)

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Rejecting TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline due to carbon emissions in the oil sands would set a precedent for all U.S. infrastructure projects, Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said.