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This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

Calgary oil transforms Canada to energy superpower

Alberta Premier Alison Redford says oil is opening Canada’s fastest-growing province to the world for the first time.  More »
Steam rises from stacks at the ConocoPhillips refinery  in Rodeo, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds: More Gulf Coast fuel needed to supply Northeast

Plans to idle three major Pennsylvania refineries could leave the Northeast starved for gasoline and other fuels, according to a report released by the Energy Information Administration.  More »
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BP accidentally captures protesters in its latest nationwide ad

Protesters from The Alabama Oil Spill Aftermath Coalition sought news media attention when they demonstrated at this year’s National Shrimp Festival. But they landed in a BP television ad, instead.  More »

Cleanup worker Jeiner Foronda places fresh absorbent boom in the affected marshland of Terrebonne Parish, La., while cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle )

BP’s top U.S. officer is called to testify at Gulf oil-spill trial

BP Plc’s highest-ranking U.S. executive, BP America Inc. Chairman and President Lamar McKay, was subpoenaed to testify at the February trial that will determine liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »
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 »
(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 »

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 »