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ExxonMobil Corp. President Robert S. Franklin, ExxonMobil Corp. Director Richard C. Vierbuchen and then Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, are seen during a signing ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq. An oil exploration deal between U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil and Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region is fueling political tensions in a country where a post-U.S.-troop withdrawal spike in violence and political turmoil is clouding the climate for foreign investments sorely needed by Iraq. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

Exxon Mobil deal hikes tension in northern Iraq

An oil exploration deal between U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region is fueling political tensions in a country where a post-U.S.-troop withdrawal spike in violence and political turmoil is clouding the climate for foreign investments sorely needed by Iraq.  More »
The shale drilling boom has increased the interest in information about upstream energy developments. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Shale spurs U.S. states to vie for chemical projects

A surge in U.S. natural-gas production from shale rock is spurring states to compete for companies to produce chemicals from the fuel, the Wall Street Journal reported.  More »
An official at Saudi Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field in Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

Official: Gulf states ready to offset Iran oil

Gulf Arab nations are prepared to offset any potential loss of Iranian oil in the world market, a senior Saudi oil official said as Iranian officials stepped up their rhetoric today about shutting off a key supply route.  More »

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FuelFix Newslinks |12.28.11|

Shell says oil on shore isn’t from Bonga. Can the GOP really nix agencies like the EPA? And in North Dakota, there is a great divide over oil riches.  More »
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Federal judge ends BP’s probation for Alaska spill

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the federal government’s argument that a BP subsidiary violated its probation after an oil spill because of another spill on Alaska’s North Slope. Judge Ralph Beistline also lifted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.’s probation altogether in a written order issued Tuesday.  More »
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., discusses offshore drilling with James Watson, the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (Photo courtesy Vitter's office)

BSEE names new deputy director

Margaret N. Schneider will serve as the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement deputy director, James A. Watson announced today.  More »

Quicksilver, KKR announce midstream partnership

Texas-based Quicksilver Resources said today it will create a new midstream partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to support customers in British Columbia.  More »
A Honda Civic GX is filled up with natural gas. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Natural gas fueling plans may spur vehicle growth

The United States has record supplies of natural gas and plenty of reasons to promote natural-gas powered cars, but so consumers, manufacturers and fuel suppliers haven’t shown much interest.  More »

PetroChina’s parent to sign accord to develop Afghan oilfields

China National Petroleum Corp. will sign an agreement to develop Afghanistan’s Amu Darya basin after winning the country’s first oilfield auction.  More »
Trent Johnson, of Freeman Decorating, installs a sign for the information booth at the NAPE Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (Brett Coomer/ Chronicle)

NAPE coming back to Houston in February

The world’s largest exploration and production expo will be coming back to Houston in February, and former president George W. Bush is set to give the keynote speech.  More »
President Obama, center, is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, right, as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, left, walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee says agents executed multiple search warrants on Thursday morning as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General. (AP Photo/Paul Chinn, Pool, File)

Solyndra: Examining the allegations

The solar startup based in Fremont shook Silicon Valley and Washington on Aug. 31 when it fired most of its staff and closed the gleaming new factory it had built with a $528 million federal loan.  More »
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits for an interview with state-run TV. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam, HO)

Iran awards $1.9 billion contract to Sepehr Energy

The Iranian Offshore Oil Co. awarded a $1.9 billion contract to Sepehr Energy Co. to develop the Lavan natural gas field after ending talks with Poland’s biggest natural-gas company, Mehr reported.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale (Photo: Just Beneath the Surface)

W.Va. DEP gets more staff, search on to fill jobs

A new Marcellus shale regulatory law gives the Department of Environmental Protection money to hire more natural gas well inspectors and support staff. But filling the 14 new positions will take some time.  More »
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at a public natural gas fueling station. (Photo: Honda)

Lafayette moving toward natural gas

Two public fueling stations for natural gas-powered vehicles are set to open next year as part of initiatives that include new buses and converting at least 40 city-parish vehicles to run on the fuel.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.27.11|

HDR ties to TransCanada questioned. Rig survivor talks about Deepwater Horizon disaster. Shell says Nigeria spill contained.  More »