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The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Drilling in deep Gulf getting busy again

Drilling in the deep Gulf of Mexico is becoming robust two years after the oil spill that prompted a six-month moratorium on deep-water exploration, but more of the work now is left to large companies.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Earthquake link not stopping Ohio wastewater wells

Earthquakes in northeastern Ohio linked to the injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth haven’t slowed applications for more injection wells.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Fracking-linked earthquakes spurring state regulations

With scientific evidence emerging that wastewater from oil and gas drilling is the possible cause of earthquakes, states are adding new requirements for disposal wells.  More »
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People fill the tanks of their vehicules at an YPF station in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Thursday, April 12, 2012. Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria  has warned that the government will interpret any "hostile gestures" against Spanish companies abroad as an act of aggression, in an apparent reference to a conflict with Argentina over an oil company controlled by Spain's Repsol. YPF,  which is 57 per cent owned by Repsol,  has rejected Argentine government pressure to plough some of its profits back into the South American country.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Energy crisis provokes Argentine YPF expropriation

Less than a decade ago, Argentina was an exporter of oil and natural gas. Now the government has to spend billions of dollars to import fuel.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

As Bakken oil booms, police prepare for change

Booming oil production across a wide expanse of the Northern Plains is forcing law enforcement from the U.S. and Canada to gird for a spike in crimes ranging from drug trafficking and gun offenses to prostitution.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans say ‘all of the above’ not enough

Nothing sticks in Republicans’ craws quite like President Barack Obama’s claim that oil production has increased during his administration — except maybe his adoption of the phrase “all of the above” to describe his energy philosophy.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Chesapeake 25% decline seen spurred by personal conflict

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon has been adding oil fields to his personal holdings faster than he can find cash to drill them. He’s steering the company down the same road.  More »
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Floating offshore wind kit gets spur from U.S., Britain

Britain and the U.S. said they’d fund work on offshore wind generation technologies that work in waters as much as 500 feet deep, a measure aimed at opening vast new areas of ocean to development.  More »
Marathon gas station sign (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Detroit homeowners consider Marathon buyout offers

Marathon Petroleum Co. says the owners of most homes that it wants to buy near its southwest Detroit oil refinery are considering the company’s offer.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Honda starts building new hybrid at SE Ind. plant

Honda is starting up production of a new gas-electric hybrid car at its southeastern Indiana factory.  More »
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Oil near $103 on growth fears, Europe uncertainty

Oil prices fell to near $103 a barrel Monday after surveys showed economic activity in China and Europe continues to contract. Meanwhile, a Dutch government crisis and French election results suggested waning support for austerity policies.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |04.23.12|

Oil spill commission chief says BP has learned its lesson. IBM pushes to make 500-mile EV battery, and with all this natural gas, who needs oil?  More »