Fuel Fix

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Steffy: Coal plant operators find a convenient scapegoat in the EPA

When in doubt, blame the EPA. That’s becoming the mantra of some Texas coal plant operators, who have found the federal Environmental Protection Agency the legal and financial equivalent of a rented mule – an unpopular bureaucracy they can berate as the cause of all their problems.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Program in Eagle Ford aims to curb natural gas flaring

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said Wednesday the commission and some oil and gas companies may launch a program to use natural gas to operate on-site generators to power operations in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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In Iowa, Obama touts election-year energy plan

President Barack Obama is returning to Iowa, seeking support for an election-year agenda to encourage renewable energy along with a more immediate prize: the state’s up-for-grabs voters.  More »
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Gulf fishermen reel from seafood troubles

Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP’s catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear.  More »
Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, England bringing a halt to work at the Cuadrilla Resources site Wednesday  Nov. 2 , 2011.  Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in northwestern England, said Wednesday that independent experts concluded that the tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations, and were unlikely to happen again. The company said local geology would limit any future seismic events to around magnitude 3 on the Richter scale. The tremor on April 1 measured 2.3 on the Richter scale.  Local campaigners have mounted a "Frack Off" campaign to oppose the drilling technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.  (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

European fracking bans open market for U.S. gas exports

Opposition to a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing has slowed the development of natural gas in Europe, creating export opportunities for U.S. producers hurt by low prices and a glut of gas at home.  More »
Chinese workers examine solar panels at a manufacturer of photovoltaic products in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. China's government on Friday, May 18, 2012,  rejected a U.S. antidumping ruling against its makers of solar power equipment and Chinese manufacturers warned proposed punitive tariffs might hurt efforts to promote clean energy.  (AP Photo)

China rules US clean energy support improper

China’s Commerce Ministry issued a ruling Thursday that U.S. government support for six renewable energy projects violated free-trade rules, the latest volley in a widening conflict over clean power.  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Halliburton demand spurs Vikas to expand

Vikas WSP Ltd. (VWSP) plans to more than double capacity to produce guar gum in India after surging demand for the product from Halliburton Co. to extract gas trapped in shale drove prices to a record.  More »

Statoil says mongstad refinery unaffected by labor strike

Statoil ASA (STL) said its Mongstad oil refinery is unaffected by a government workers strike that broke out in Norway.  More »
The Noble Paul Romano. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

Noble Energy commits $5M to CNG school buses

Noble Energy Co. is committing $5 million over the next five years to help Weld County schools buy school buses that run on compressed natural gas.  More »
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Oil near 7-month lows as Chinese economy ebbs

Oil lingered near seven-month lows around $90 a barrel Thursday in Asia as Europe’s debt crisis festers and China’s economy continues to slow.  More »
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Houston firm admits oil spills in La bayous

A Houston independent oil company admitted its negligence caused three oil spills in Jefferson Parish bayous. Cedyco Corp.agreed to pay a $557,000 fine and stop operating in Louisiana as part of a plea bargain signed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Justice.  More »
Ted Glick, policy director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, speaks against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Washington, D.C. in October. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Lawsuit challenges Nebraska’s pipeline review law

Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Nebraska’s new oil pipeline review law.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Chesapeake insists it has changed

Chesapeake Energy Corp. sent a letter to its shareholders today, aiming to combat a stream of criticism from some of its largest and most vocal investors. The nation’s second-largest natural gas producer after Exxon Mobil Corp. framed its letter as a direct response to a letter sent to shareholders by New York City Comptroller John Liu. Liu asked shareholders not to vote for the two directors up for reelection to the Chesapeake board of directors because of “a history of weak board oversight and accountability.”  More »

BP agrees to $8 million fine in connection with refinery violations

BP Plc was sued by the U.S. over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its Whiting, Indiana, refinery and failure to monitor and report the plant’s emission levels.  More »
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Texas agency seeks to decrease industrial flaring

A Texas agency is launching an initiative designed to reduce industrial flaring, a major source of air pollution.  More »