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

Steffy: Industry again bungles response

Just yesterday, I mentioned how in speaking to energy industry groups, I’m often asked why the industry has such a poor public image. While I discussed some of those reasons yesterday, here’s another one: how the industry responds to things it doesn’t like.  More »
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Southern Union, Energy Transfer deal approved

Southern Union Co. shareholders approved a $5.3 billion takeover by Energy Transfer Equity LP, ending a bidding contest for the Houston-based pipeline company.  More »
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Cuba oil drilling tests U.S. on protecting Florida or embargo

Four U.S. inspectors armed with safety glasses and notebooks will set out on a mission next month to protect Florida’s beaches from a Cuban threat.  More »

A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

House, Senate leaders agree on pipeline safety bill

House and Senate leaders said yesterday they had reached an agreement on legislation to reauthorize and strengthen pipeline safety programs through fiscal 2015.  More »
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OPEC deal may falter on Saudi-Iran supply split

OPEC may struggle to agree on a new quota next week, six months after its last meeting collapsed, as Saudi Arabia pumps the most crude in 30 years and Iran risks losing customers as a consequence of European sanctions.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Chevron may need to drill relief well at Frade, Chambriard says

Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, may need to drill a relief well at its Frade project in deep waters off Brazil’s coast as part of measures to counter a spill, Magda Chambriard, a director at the country’s oil regulator, said in Rio de Janeiro today.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Industry: What happens in Wyoming doesn’t happen in Texas

Oil and gas industry leaders are pushing back today against an EPA draft report that linked hydraulic fracturing with water contamination in Wyoming by insisting that what happened in that state is light years away from drilling being done in Texas, New York and other parts of the country.  More »
Contained oil surrounds CITGO Petroleum Corp.'s waste oil holding tanks near Lake Charles, La., after leaking from the facility into the Calcasieu Ship Channel last week. (AP Photo/Lake Charles American Press , Brad Puckett)

Appeals filed in CITGO fine

CITGO Petroleum Corp. and the U.S. Justice Department have appealed a recent judge’s ruling that the company pay $9 million in a lawsuit the government brought over a major 2006 oil spill at the company’s Lake Charles refinery.  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)

EPA report on WY water doesn’t end fracking debate

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft finding that it may have detected groundwater pollution resulting from a controversial technique that plays a huge role in modern oil and gas development isn’t settled science yet.  More »
Former Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg speaking at a press conference in Sweden. (Photo: BERTIL ERICSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Volvo may appoint Svanberg as chairman

Volvo AB (VOLVB), the world’s second-largest maker of commercial vehicles, is expected to appoint BP Plc (BP/)’s Carl-Henric Svanberg as chairman, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.  More »
The Chevrolet Spark fuel efficient mini-car makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, March 3, 2009. The Chevrolet Spark will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2011. (Photo by Axel Wierdemann for General Motors)

GM buys batteries less volatile for Spark

General Motors Co. (GM), maker of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid that is the subject of a federal safety probe, is moving to a less volatile battery chemistry for its Chevy Spark electric car going on sale in 2013.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.09.11|

EPA links fracturing with groundwater pollution, but the report doesn’t end the debate? Kuwait talking with Exxon about oil and gas. And Dems are in a tough spot with Keystone XL-payroll tax combo.  More »
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Oil lingers below $98 after disappointing ECB plan

Oil prices fell below $98 per barrel today in Asia as uncertainty surrounded the outcome of a critical meeting of Europe’s leaders aimed at solving the continent’s debt crisis.  More »
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Regulators approve Houston-company’s power line application

A Houston company says its planned power line across Kansas will spur wind farm development and establish the state as a national leader in clean energy production.  More »
Total's Port Arthur refinery (Dave Ryan/Beaumont Enterprise)

Canada green lights Total oil sands project

The Canadian government is announcing the approval of a massive oil sands mine owned by a subsidiary of French oil firm Total SA.  More »