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OLD DO NOT USE  Jim Mulva, CEO of ConocoPhillips, talks with reporters in Houston. (Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle)

Mulva calls for greater access to federal land for drillers

ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva calls for an overhaul of government policies toward domestic oil and gas production, including greater access to federal land to drilling, in a speech at Rice University’s Baker Institute.  More »
BP CEO Bob Dudley (AP file photo/Alastair Grant)

BP sees growth of renewables, continuing role for fossil fuels

Consumption of renewable-energy sources will grow more quickly by 2030 than it will for any other energy source, while oil will grow slowly enough to lose market share, according to a new report by BP.  More »
An oil pump jack in motion. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

OPEC crude output rose to most in more than 3 years, IEA says

OPEC’s December crude production rose to the highest level in more than three years and is set to climb further this month, the International Energy Agency said.  More »
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The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co.'s expanded pipeline will carry oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: LyondellBasell)

Houston ranks among the top 15 cities by GDP

The Brooking Institution ranked the top 15 cities based on their gross domestic product in 2011, and with its strong energy and medical fields, it’s no surprise that Houston made the list.  More »
Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

North Dakota drillers need more fracking crews, state says

Energy companies exploring North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation for oil need more field crews amid a labor shortage that left hundreds of wells awaiting hydraulic fracturing, a state official said.  More »
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New York fracking advocates say local bans are ‘kiss of death’

New York (STONY1) would lose any chance of reaping the economic benefits of the shale-gas boom if local governments are allowed to ban drilling through zoning laws, advocates say.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is seen floating on the surface of the water in Bay Jimmy, near where oil was spotted in June 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Feds challenge credibility of former BP executive

U.S. officials say a former BP executive was paid $107,000 a month to do consulting for a company lawyer, but allege the money may have been designed to influence her testimony during a deposition in litigation over the Gulf oil spill.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |01.18.12|

Obama advisers call for more jobs and oil drilling. Natural gas highway dispensers are being planned. And can plug-in cars face the winter’s challenges?  More »
An ethanol plant in Missouri  (AP file photo/Southeast Missourian, Aaron Eisenhauer)

U.S. became world’s top ethanol exporter in 2011

The United States more than doubled its volume of ethanol exports between 2010 and 2011, as previous world leader Brazil struggled from a sugarcane shortage.  More »
The Frontier Discoverer drilling rig in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. (AP Photo/Shell Exploration & Production)

Shell teams up with Tullow to explore for oil in Atlantic

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, joined Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) to explore for oil and gas in new frontiers in the Atlantic Ocean.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Group: Wyo. siding with industry on fracking issue

A group representing residents of a community where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has speculated that hydraulic fracturing may have contaminated their groundwater criticized Wyoming state officials for the first time, saying they’re siding with the petroleum industry at the expense of those who have to live with polluted water.  More »
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Judge says bird law doesn’t apply to oil pits

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that oil companies shouldn’t face criminal charges for the deaths of a half-dozen ducks in waste disposal pits, saying that prosecutors went too far in applying a law that protects migratory birds.  More »