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Stephen Harper

Harper says he’s committed to diversifing oil sales toward China

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he is committed to diversifying energy exports to countries such as China, while pledging to press Beijing on human rights as he forges ahead with deeper economic ties.  More »
A large sign is seen in the front Sunoco'S Eagle Point refinery in National Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Refinery workers stage vigil outside gov’s mansion

Several dozen workers from a trio of imperiled oil refineries in southeastern Pennsylvania staged a candlelight vigil outside the state’s executive mansion asking Gov. Tom Corbett to help them keep their jobs.  More »
(Photo: Patricia Santos, Associated Press)

Petrobras fourth quarter profit misses estimates on rising costs

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), Brazil’s state-controlled oil producer, reported fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates on rising costs to install equipment, pay workers and service debt.  More »
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Animal sounds for electric cars rejected by EU

Electric cars in the European Union won’t be allowed to make animal noises or musical sounds to help people hear them in traffic, Bild reported, citing an EU rule.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |02.10.12|

Another hot summer could prompt rolling blackouts. CenterPoint says low natural gas bills mean lower bills for consumers. Nuclear power vs. natural gas — who wins?  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns off the coast of Louisiana on April 21, 2010.  (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP accident history banned from trial; may come in later

BP won a motion on Thursday over whether certain previous accidents could be introduced as evidence in a trial assessing blame for the Deepwater Horizon accident.  More »
An oil worker walks pass the manifold (right) and frac pumps (left) at a Chesapeake Energy hydraulic fracturing operation near Carrizo Springs, Texas in 2011. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Natural gas price up on production cuts

Chesapeake Energy Corp. told investors its production cuts are “actually higher” than the minimum of 500 million cubic feet per day it announced in January.  More »
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

New Jersey senate committee again passes gas-fracking ban

The New Jersey Senate for a second time moved a bill out of committee that would prohibit fracking for natural gas in the most densely populated U.S. state.  More »
Steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Ga. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to vote Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 on Southern Company's application to begin full construction of the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

NRC approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades

The nation’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation won approval Thursday as federal regulators voted to grant a license for two new reactors in Georgia.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Pa. fines Chesapeake Energy $565K for violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a gas driller more than $500,000 for three separate violations.  More »
Oil Pipeline

Audit mostly clears State Dept. in Keystone XL review

The State Department’s internal watchdog has cleared the agency most wrongdoing in its review of the application for the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.  More »
(Photo: Associated Press)

Romney mixes up Solyndra and Keystone XL during speech

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had a bit of a slip-up on Wednesday when he confused Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker, with the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.  More »