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Petrobras workers walk on platform 51 "Majuro" in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

Petrobras platform arrivals to accelerate reserve growth

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the state- controlled oil producer, will accelerate reserve growth over the next four years as it deploys more production equipment in deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the chief financial officer said.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

Pa. families asking EPA chief to send water

Families from a small northeastern Pennsylvania town are planning to confront the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over an abrupt change in plans.  More »
An oil pump works near Stanley, N.D. (AP file photo/James MacPherson)

SD judge asked to throw out oil refinery permit

Opponents of a proposed $10 billion oil refinery urged a judge Thursday to strike down a state permit that would allow the project to be built in southeastern South Dakota.  More »

A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Measure takes ND oil taxes for wildlife projects

Conservation groups said they would campaign to put a North Dakota constitutional amendment on the ballot that would reserve tens of millions of dollars of state oil tax collections for water, wildlife and conservation projects.  More »
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

EPA board rejects appeal of Shell Arctic permit

Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters has received a boost with the affirmation that its federal air permits for the Chukchi Sea were properly granted.  More »

Global crude oil averaged more than $100 in 2011

Global crude oil prices averaged more than $100 per barrel in 2011, the first time an annual average has exceeded $100, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |01.13.12|

Volt owners isn’t worried about the battery concerns. Waterless fracking on the way? And heavy lobbying before the Keystone XL decision.  More »
George Mitchell

Hydraulic fracturing pioneer Mitchell recalls early skepticism

Oilman George Mitchell was honored at the ninth annual conference of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron to work with Statoil, Repsol in Canadian waters

Chevron Corp. (CVX), Statoil ASA (STL) and Repsol YPF SA (REP) agreed to jointly drill oil exploration wells off Canada’s Arctic and Atlantic coasts.  More »
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas drops to 2-year low on inventory drop

Natural gas futures fell to a two- year low in New York after a government report showed a below- average decline in U.S. stockpiles.  More »
President Barack Obama is introduced by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue before speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Chamber touts Keystone XL, domestic energy to create jobs

Energy topped the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual list of priorities for boosting the economy, with the group’s head urged approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and further exploiting domestic oil, gas and coal resources.  More »
Taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning. A BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for as long as a year, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Steffy: Other countries learning Macondo’s lessons

Other countries are learning the lesson from BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Texas leads U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions

As the nation’s light switch and gas pump, Texas releases far more greenhouse gases into the air than any other state, according to federal data released Wednesday.  More »
Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Gas prices see another big rise in 2012

The New Year hasn’t been good for gasoline prices.  More »
Pittsburgh Steelers v New Orleans Saints

Troy Polamalu’s Gasland post leads to Facebook debate

First, it was Jerome Bettis who stepped up to the line of scrimmage to tackle harmful emissions from power plants. Now Troy Polamalu has blitzed into the debate over hydraulic fracturing — whether or not he even meant to.  More »