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A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Encana asks EPA to suspend fracking comment period

The owner of a central Wyoming gas field where federal regulators suggested a link between a drilling technique and groundwater pollution asked  More »
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

NJ lawmakers accept 1-year fracking ban

The New Jersey Legislature has accepted Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for a one-year ban on a natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, rather than continue to pursue a permanent ban.  More »
GM's electric Chevy Volt  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hybrids in U.S. losing appeal to gas-efficiency cars

It’s a sign of the times when Cadillac is staking its comeback on a compact car that boasts fuel economy approaching 40 mpg.  More »

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FuelFix Newslinks |01.10.12|

See how microbes helped clean the Gulf. CNOOC, ConocoPhillips are sued by Chinese fishermen. Learn how Texans step in when drilling blow outs happen.  More »
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Mexico says 1,500-barrel oil spill controlled

Mexico’s Environment Department says a spill of 1,500 barrels of oil from a pipeline near the Gulf coast has been brought under control, and about 40 percent of the oil has been recovered.  More »
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Power restored to nearly all after Monday’s storms

Thunderstorms in the Houston area that prompted tornado warnings have knocked out electricity to about 6,700 homes and businesses, according to power provider CenterPoint Energy.  More »
Oil pumps work at sunset Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Oil prices fall as concerns about Iran retreat

Oil prices started the week lower after analysts said that nations should have ample supplies regardless of Iran’s threats to block exports from the Persian Gulf.  More »
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Feds say rig that will drill in Cuban waters generally meets standards

Although the U.S. government has no say over drilling in Cuban waters, federal inspectors were given access to a rig heading there to explore, and said it generally meets international and U.S. safety standards.  More »
Exxon natural gas wells sit off the coast of Dauphin Island, Ala., on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000. Exxon operates 13 wells off the Alabama coast. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Natural gas money may be lost to Alabama

Regulations to lease offshore state waters in Mississippi may produce revenues between $250 million and $500 million, according to the Mississippi Development Authority.  More »
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)

Doctors urge fracking moratorium

The U.S. should declare a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in populated areas until the health effects are better understood, doctors said at a conference on the drilling process.  More »
(AP file photo/Alastair Grant)

BP blasted by Norway’s regulator over offshore fire

Norway’s offshore safety regulator, investigating a fire last summer on BP’s Valhall platform, found “serious breaches” of regulations and ordered the oil company to overhaul is safety practices by Feb. 1. The fire, on July 13, stemmed from an overheated crane engine that caused a fire in the vent stack of the platform’s compressors, Dow Jones Newswires reported.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

BOEM to hold public hearing in Houston

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public hearing Tuesday in Houston to give the public the opportunity to comment on a proposed environmental-impact statement for the outer continental shelf oil and gas lease sale.  More »
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Cabot cited by Pennsylvania for pollution from natural-gas well

Cabot Oil & Gas Co. (COG), the best- performer last year in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, was cited by Pennsylvania officials in September for “improper” well construction after natural gas polluted drinking water.  More »
The Ocean Monarch (Image: Diamond Offshore)

Keppel agrees to $150 million U.S. rig deal

Keppel AmFELS inked a deal today with Houston-based Diamond Offshore for $150 million to construct and upgrade a moored semisubmersible rig.  More »
Statoil's Polar Pioneer drills in the Skrugard field in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

Statoil makes large oil discovery in Barents Sea

Norway’s Statoil said Monday it has discovered a large oil reserve in the Barents Sea, its second major oil find in the Arctic region in less than a year.  More »