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Gov. Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

California’s Brown says he’ll consider fracking standards

Governor Jerry Brown said he’ll consider opening California (STOCA1), fourth among oil-producing states, to a drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to increase natural-gas production.  More »
The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Doctors oppose Utah oil refinery expansions

A group of Utah doctors is leading a campaign against expansion plans at three of five Utah oil refineries, saying the air in the Salt Lake basin is dirty enough and often fails to meet standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  More »
The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to approve a plan for Montana to address haze from air pollution by retrofitting industrial plants, like Colstrip, to reduce emissions. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer, file)

EPA says Mont. plants need $90M in upgrades

A proposed cleanup of Montana air pollution would force three industrial plants to spend $90 million on measures to improve visibility in some of the nation’s prized public lands, including Yellowstone and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks.  More »

Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

Hoeven: Williston Basin oil study due next year

Sen. John Hoeven says a re-evaluation of the amount of recoverable oil in the Williston Basin is slated to be completed late next year by the U.S. Geological Survey.  More »
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Oil discovered in Kenya for first time

The president of Kenya says that oil has been discovered for the first time in his East Africa nation.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

Oil falls to near $106 amid Iran nuclear tensions

Oil prices fell to near $106 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors mulled how much the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program might disrupt global crude supplies.  More »
Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Feds seek input on drilling off Alaska coast

The Obama administration is asking the oil and gas industry to weigh in on a possible sale of drilling leases in the Cook Inlet off the coast of south-central Alaska.  More »
Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP prepares gasoline bills; Dems target taxes, speculation

Republicans plan on advancing a pair of bills that would require studies of certain oil and gasoline regulations and make increased oil and gas leasing a condition of using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Democrats, meanwhile, called for boosting funding for regulators to implement rules that target what they call excessive speculation in oil markets.  More »
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Clinton predicts “profound effect” from SEC disclosure rules

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Thursday that pending rules to require oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments o host governments would have a “profound effect” on curbing corruption and boosting transparency in foreign nations  More »
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Senate goes after tax breaks for major oil companies

The oil industry is fighting plans to repeal some of its tax breaks with a new advertising campaign that links the proposals with higher gasoline prices. The move comes ahead of a showdown Senate vote on the issue Monday.  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Steffy: U.S. oil production gains are like water pumps on the Titanic

I filled up yesterday for $3.88 a gallon, which was 4 cents more than what I paid four days earlier. Consumers are painfully aware that gasoline prices have been on the rise for the past few months, and while such increases had been predicted since last fall, no one’s happy that the predictions proved correct.  More »
(Photo: mtsofan, Flickr)

No clear winner in contest between energy and environment

In a face-off between protecting the environment and producing energy, it’s a draw, according to a new nationwide Gallup poll.  More »
President Barack Obama speaks at the TransCanada Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. in 2012.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Obama to drivers: I feel your pain

President Barack Obama wants drivers nationwide to know that he feels their pain at the pump — or, at least, that he used to. After all, says the commander-in-chief, it wasn’t that long ago that he was filling up his car and shuttling his daughters to school.  More »
Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. (AP photo)

Rep. Lee Terry: The Nebraska man with the Keystone XL plan

Perhaps nobody in the U.S. House of Representatives has been more outspoken in his support of the Keystone XL pipeline than Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. In an interview with Fuel Fix, Terry took time to discuss his ongoing plans for legislation to approve the pipeline, as well as his thoughts on Obama’s defense of the decision to reject the permit.  More »
A front-end crash test of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

GM to replace chargers after overheating complaints

General Motors plans to replace more than 9,500 Chevrolet Volt chargers after complaints about overheating, according to a Yahoo story.  More »