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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns off the coast of Louisiana on April 21, 2010.  (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Deepwater Horizon report: Better testing & warning system needed

In a 136-page report released today on the 2010 oil spill, the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council make a series of recommendations designed to prevent a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

OPEC increases output limit to 30 million barrel-a-day

Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries including Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed that the group should set a production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day, an OPEC delegate said.  More »
Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad. (AP photo: Nabil al-Jourani)

Iraq: Bomb attacks force drop in oil production

The Iraqi Oil Ministry says production at the country’s largest oil field has been cut in half by bomb attacks on domestic oil pipelines.  More »

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

First offshore bids to be opened since spill

The government is set today to auction offshore drilling leases in the western Gulf of Mexico — the first such sale since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Early details suggest there is plenty of pent-up industry demand for the offshore tracts that are up for grabs.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Cameron appeals BP Gulf spill trial plan, wants case before jury

Cameron International Corp. (CAM) told a federal appeals court its right to a jury trial would be infringed under a plan to have a judge determine which companies should be blamed for the 2010 BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  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)

Fracking has Ohio city trembling over earthquakes

When Youngstown, Ohio, shook on Sept. 29, Karen Fox thought her daughter was crashing down the stairs.  More »
Workers wearing anti-OPEC shirts listen during a State Department hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Port Arthur, Texas, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. If constructed, the planned pipeline would connect oil sands developments in Canada with refineries in Port Arthur and Houston. Hundreds attended the event to show support of the jobs that the pipeline's construction would bring to the area. (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Guiseppe Barranco)

House passes bill linking tax cut, Keystone pipeline

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that sets up a showdown with the Obama administration over the Keystone XL oil pipeline by tying a plan to speed up the project’s approval to a tax- cut extension the president favors.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |12.14.11|

Household electric bills are on the rise. Encana fires back at EPA’s fracking report. And Cameron appeals BP Gulf spill trial plan.  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)

Louisiana Republican optimistic after meeting with new drilling regulator

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has criticized the Obama administration’s handling of offshore drilling but said he was newly optimistic after meeting with the industry’s top regulator on Tuesday.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Texas will require companies to disclose fracking fluids starting Feb. 1

The Texas Railroad Commission gave final approval Tuesday to a rule requiring oil and natural gas drillers to disclose chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.  More »
(Photo: Julien Tromeur, Flickr)

IEA warns high oil prices threaten global economy

High oil prices threaten to worsen a global economic slowdown and crude producers should consider boosting output, the chief economist for the International Energy Agency said today.  More »
Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, speaks during a public session of the House ethics committee on Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP file photo/Susan Walsh)

Keystone XL bill puts some pro-pipeline Democrats in bind

The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would tether the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline to a payroll tax cut, without the support of some congressional Democrats who back both plans.  More »
capitol building

Senate Democrats say “no anti-environmental riders”

Top Senate Democrats today flatly rejected Republicans’ attempts to attach provisions rolling back energy and environmental regulations to spending and tax bills.  More »
China has been seen as a prime export market for U.S. coal. (AP photo)

Environmental group says more coal ash pollutants

An environmental group today added 20 sites to its list of almost 140 nationally where it contends coal ash appears to have contaminated groundwater or soil at unsafe levels.  More »
A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado approves fracking disclosure rules

Colorado regulators have approved new rules requiring energy companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing but allowing them to protect trade secrets and to provide 48 hours notice before pumping chemicals underground.  More »