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Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Venezuela doesn’t intend to pay more to Exxon

Venezuela’s oil minister said the government doesn’t intend to make additional payments to Exxon Mobil Corp. beyond about $255 million that it agreed to pay in a recent arbitration award.  More »
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Feds say timely answer ahead on Alaska drilling

A top federal official said that the Interior Department is committed to giving Shell Oil Co. a firm answer on its Alaska offshore drilling applications, with plenty of time to spare should the company’s application be approved.  More »
A Chinese man holds up oil residue found in his shrimp farm in the coastal Leting county in the Bohai Bay near northern China's Hebei province. China's oceanic agency has ordered ConocoPhillips China to do more to prevent and clean up offshore spills that occurred June 4 and June 17, 2011 in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists. (AP Photo)

Cnooc, ConocoPhillips sued by fishermen for $34 million over spill

China National Offshore Oil Corp. said 29 fishermen had sued the country’s biggest offshore energy explorer for $34 million for economic losses following oil leaks in Bohai Bay last year.  More »

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Texas Senate mulls drought impact on power supply

A Texas Senate committee will examine how current and future drought conditions might hurt the state’s capacity to generate electricity and could leave some areas without enough power.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, P.A., holds a jug of his well water outside of The Forum in Binghamton, NY, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 during the final public meeting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyís hydraulic fracturing study. Sautner lives 976-feet from a Cabot Oil natural gas drill. He was not allowed to take the receptacle into the meeting. (AP Photo/Press & Sun-Bulletin, Rebecca Catlett)

Pennsylvania fracking foes fault EPA over tainted water response

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called to say it would start delivering fresh water to their home, Ron and Jean Carter thought they gained an ally in a long fight with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.  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)

Youngstown opens mills again as states jockey for fracking jobs

Thirty-four years after Black Monday, the day Youngstown Sheet & Tube announced shutdowns marking the end of the Ohio city’s steel era, a $650 million mill is coming to life thanks to the natural-gas drilling boom.  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)

New NOAA study mirrors spill rate from BP well

Federal scientists say a new chemistry-based analysis of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico closely matches official estimates released at the time of the spill.  More »
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Encana asks EPA to suspend fracking comment period

The owner of a central Wyoming gas field where federal regulators suggested a link between a drilling technique and groundwater pollution asked  More »
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

NJ lawmakers accept 1-year fracking ban

The New Jersey Legislature has accepted Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for a one-year ban on a natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, rather than continue to pursue a permanent ban.  More »
GM's electric Chevy Volt  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hybrids in U.S. losing appeal to gas-efficiency cars

It’s a sign of the times when Cadillac is staking its comeback on a compact car that boasts fuel economy approaching 40 mpg.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |01.10.12|

See how microbes helped clean the Gulf. CNOOC, ConocoPhillips are sued by Chinese fishermen. Learn how Texans step in when drilling blow outs happen.  More »
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Mexico says 1,500-barrel oil spill controlled

Mexico’s Environment Department says a spill of 1,500 barrels of oil from a pipeline near the Gulf coast has been brought under control, and about 40 percent of the oil has been recovered.  More »
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Power restored to nearly all after Monday’s storms

Thunderstorms in the Houston area that prompted tornado warnings have knocked out electricity to about 6,700 homes and businesses, according to power provider CenterPoint Energy.  More »
Oil pumps work at sunset Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Oil prices fall as concerns about Iran retreat

Oil prices started the week lower after analysts said that nations should have ample supplies regardless of Iran’s threats to block exports from the Persian Gulf.  More »
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Feds say rig that will drill in Cuban waters generally meets standards

Although the U.S. government has no say over drilling in Cuban waters, federal inspectors were given access to a rig heading there to explore, and said it generally meets international and U.S. safety standards.  More »