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Could gasoline prices level off in April?

Analysts think pump prices will top $4 a gallon nationally within the next couple of weeks, perhaps sooner. Then they could start to fall.  More »
The Wednesday, March 28, 2012 aerial shot provided by Greenpeace shows Total's Elgin Wellhead Platform in the North Sea off the shore of Scotland. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. Photo: Martin Langer / Greenpeace

Total readies two emergency wells to contain North Sea leak

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, is preparing to drill two emergency wells at its Elgin platform in the U.K. North Sea as it leaks natural gas for a sixth day.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (AP photo)

Murkowski invites Obamas to talk ANWR drilling over milkshakes

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has invited President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for a milkshake to discuss producing oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — all while drilling for it from outside the area.  More »
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President Barack Obama speaks at Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Boulder City, Nev. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama clears sanctions to squeeze Iran

The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is moving ahead with tough new sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran’s oil exports after determining there is enough crude on world markets to take the step without harming U.S. allies.  More »
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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 »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

BP says U.S. withholding evidence of extent of oil spill

BP Plc (BP/) said the U.S. government is withholding evidence that would show the oil spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was smaller than claimed.  More »
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Outside group targets Obama record on energy

An outside group with ties to conservative causes on Thursday launched a $3.6 million ad buy lashing out at President Barack Obama’s energy record, blaming him for rising gas prices and his decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline project.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Opinion: Natural-gas vehicles will run best without subsidies

Few areas of American governance have been as incoherent in recent decades as energy policy, which is saying something. But lately, we keep seeing reasons for optimism.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

High methane in Pennsylvania water deemed safe by EPA

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency of water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, found elevated levels of methane consistent with leakage from gas drilling nearby, according to scientists who reviewed the data.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Towns sue Pa. over Marcellus Shale law

A group including seven municipalities Thursday sued the state of Pennsylvania over its new law regulating the rapid growth of natural gas exploration, saying among other things that it unconstitutionally takes away the power to control property from towns and landowners for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.  More »