Fuel Fix

Alan Sadler

Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

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In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.

Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

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Alan Sadler
In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.
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.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Park Service withdraws comments on fracturing rule

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A congressman said the comments were a “thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands.”

(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

Deaths of migratory birds lead to $300,000 settlement

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Most of the money from the settlement will go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Categories: Environment

Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange (AP file photo/Frank Franklin II)

Oil drops near $92, at lowest level since May

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The Energy Department reported the nation’s supply of crude oil is “well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.”
Categories: General
Gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as motorists prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Gas climbs this week but Thanksgiving still cheaper venture for drivers

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Despite an uptick this week, gasoline prices are heading down along with the price of crude, the Energy Department projects.
Categories: Gasoline

Pioneer testing “upper” Eagle Ford

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It’s not enough to try to keep track of the oil, condensate and natural gas drilling windows in the Eagle Ford Shale. Now the Irving-based Pioneer Natural Resources is among the companies talking about drilling the “upper” and “lower” portions of the formation. In its third-quarter call with analysts, Pioneer said it has drilled an […]
Categories: Uncategorized

ConocoPhillips exits third quarter making 130,000 Eagle Ford barrels daily

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ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford Shale production is up. A bunch. The Houston-based company said it was making around 126,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the Eagle Ford in the third quarter – up 66 percent compared with the same three months last year. It exited the quarter making 130,000 barrels per day, according to […]
Categories: Uncategorized
ConocoPhillips has completed the sale of its Menzel Lejmat North project in Algeria to Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina. (ConocoPhillips photo)

ConocoPhillips finalizes sale of Algerian assets for $1.75 billion

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Houston-based ConocoPhillips has closed the $1.75 billion sale of an Algerian business unit to Pertamina, an Indonesian state-owned oil company.
Categories: Crude oil