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U.S. Coast Guard image showing the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island on Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds rap Shell for poor planning in botched tow of 2012 Arctic drilling rig

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The NTSB report comes at a pivotal time for Shell, which has asked federal regulators for permission to resume exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as July.

Feds rap Shell for poor planning in botched tow of 2012 Arctic drilling rig

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U.S. Coast Guard image showing the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island on Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)
The NTSB report comes at a pivotal time for Shell, which has asked federal regulators for permission to resume exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as July.
An oil tanker docks at a Chevron oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay. (Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

The tanker market is sending a big warning to oil bulls

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A record cut to the number of active U.S. drilling rigs and billions of dollars of spending reductions by companies since last year’s price plunge has yet to translate into a slump in barrels produced.

(Bill Montgomery photo/Houston Chronicle)

Entergy hands off control of power grid

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There’s a new traffic cop directing electricity flows to 2.8 million power customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
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Oil pumps  operate near Lost Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Scientists applaud California’s fracking efforts

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A group of 21 scientists is applauding California’s efforts to allow the fracking of its shale oil reserves, arguing the process is a safe way to improve the economy and reduce foreign oil dependence.

An oil pump jacks sits on a Osage County ranch in Oklahoma. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Top 10 energy stories of 2013

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Check out which blockbuster energy stories the FuelFix staff ranked as the nation’s most important of 2013. Then vote for the news that you think rocked the industry enough to qualify as one of the year’s biggest moments.
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Marathon’s Eagle Ford plan: $2.3 billion next year

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The Houston-based Marathon Oil Corp. plans to spend $2.3 billion in the Eagle Ford Shale in 2014. The company will drill between 250 and 260 wells net to Marathon, after industry partners and royalty owners are paid. (In all, Marathon will be operating between 340 and 355 new wells in South Texas). The $2.3 billion […]
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How La Salle County is avoiding gravel roads

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La Salle County and the Texas Department of Transportation recently announced that the county – officially – will avoid having paved roads turned into gravel. Whew. How is La Salle County avoiding going back in time to the days of unpaved rural roads? The county is established a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone, or CETRZ, […]
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The Mad Dog platform operates in the Gulf of Mexico. (BP)

BP, ConocoPhillips announce Gulf of Mexico oil discovery

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BP and ConocoPhillips announced a sizable oil discovery at the jointly-owned Gila prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, the two companies announced Wednesday.
Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train are piled up following a deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

Railroad involved in fatal Quebec explosion to be auctioned

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As the first trains rolled into a Quebec town devastated by a derailment and fire that killed 47 people, a federal bankruptcy judge approved bidding procedures Wednesday for the auction of the Maine-based railroad that owned the train.
Categories: Legal issues