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
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Report: Fracking not endangering W.Va. air quality

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A state study says no new rules are needed to protect West Virginia’s air quality from natural gas drilling.
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Wisconson county temporarily halts frack sand mining on health concerns

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A western Wisconsin county that has issued more frack sand mining permits than any other county in the state and in neighboring Minnesota has decided to take a hiatus on new projects while it addresses health and environmental concerns.
(Flickr/SalFalko)

Pollution lawsuit against Pa. plant is revived

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A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.
Transportation of heavy equipment has damaged some rural roads in Texas oil and gas drilling regions.

Rocky reception prompts state to slow down on gravel roads

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After lawmakers objected, the state is delaying a plan to replace some paved rural roads with gravel rather than repair the pavement.

Our Clean Energy Future

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Like most of you I was disappointed to learn that The Oil Drum will be closing its doors in the not-too-distant future. While it has been some time since I last wrote for the site, I was pleased to be allowed the opportunity to post one last article be…
Categories: Wind
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

An Obama nominee becomes an issue in climate debate

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Ron Binz has drawn the ire of coal-industry interests for advocating policies that mining companies said encouraged the conversion of power plants to natural gas.
Categories: Coal
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Texas-sized power bills dwarf electricity use in other states

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The average Texas household spends about $1,800 a year on electricity, one of the highest in the nation.
Categories: Electricity
Pittsburgh Bridges at Night

Banning Pennsylvania Shale Gas Production Would be a Costly Mistake

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A new trend has taken hold in the development of our nation’s natural gas resources.  From Josh Fox’s controversial films, Gasland and now Gasland Part II, to the “Stop the Frack Attack” demonstration in Washington, anti-development movements have fueled a negative perception of shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.  Now activists around the nation are urging […]
John T. McNabb II took over as the CEO of Willbros Group in October.

Washington policies are stifling energy growth in US, banker says

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The greatest threat to expected energy growth in the U.S. is the people running the government in Washington, an investment banker who specializes in industry issues told a University of Houston gathering Tuesday.
Categories: Politics/Policy

Eagle Ford production jumps 60 percent in June

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Eagle Ford oil production rose to more than 621,000 barrels per day in June, Reuters is reporting. That’s 60 percent higher than last June. Reuters based the output on preliminary data released Monday by the Texas Railroad Commission. But June production was down 4.5 percent from the 650,000 barrels the field made daily in May,  
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The Chinese flag blows in the wind as hundreds of people walk along the Bund boardwalk by the Huangpu river in Shanghai, China. (Paula Bronstein/MCT)

China set to be No. 1 consumer of Middle East oil

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China is on track to become the world’s largest importer of oil, likely drawing most of its supplies from Middle East producers, according to research from consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
Categories: Crude oil, Middle East
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Construction begins on Texas Panhandle wind power project

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San Francisco-based renewable power producer Pattern Energy Group said Tuesday it has started building a 218 megawatt wind power facility in the Texas Panhandle.
Categories: Texas, Wind