Fuel Fix

A couple stands in front of River Street while the waves hit the seawall, in Nome, Alaska. A massive storm that pummeled Nome earlier this month also prevented the last barge from delivering gasoline and diesel fuel before winter sets in on Alaska's western coastline. The city of 3,500 is now iced-in and a plan is in the works to fly in fuel in what could be a logistical nightmare requiring round-the-clock deliveries by air, weather permitting. (AP Photo/Peggy Fagerstrom, file)

All iced in, Alaskan city could see $9-a-gallon gas

The residents of Nome, Alaska, could be looking at a very costly winter: $9-a-gallon gasoline.  More »
A worker uses a stick to measure the mud during the cleanup of a chemical spill in Sand Creek north of Denver in Commerce City, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Underground pipe in Colorado eyed in seepage

Colorado state health officials fear that a leaky underground pipe that leads to a tank at a Suncor Energy refinery might have leaked a “sizable” amount of petroleum near the South Platte River, a major source of water for Colorado and Nebraska.  More »
Workers check solar panels in Yulin, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Xiao)

Clean-energy funding to drop after Obama grant program ends

U.S. financing for renewable energy will drop next year after the expiration of a grant program that backed at least $32.9 billion in projects, one of President Barack Obama’s most ambitious efforts to support the industry.  More »

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FuelFix Newslinks |12.01.11|

Welcome to December! Republicans, Democrats have partisan dustup over EPA’s reach. Supercommittee failure puts energy programs in limbo. And API, lawmaker square off over industry job claims.  More »
Felix Kramer poses  next to his new Chevy Volt in Redwood City, Calif., on Dec. 29, 2010. (AP file photo/Jeff Chiu)

Despite battery issues, Volt named No. 1 in consumer survey

General Motors Co. (GM)’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is the highest-rated car in Consumer Reports’ latest owner-satisfaction survey, the magazine said.  More »
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Committee sends “farm dust” bill to House floor

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday cleared a controversial bill meant to block federal regulation of particulate dust emitted from agricultural activities and rural roads. But Democrats and environmentalists have had a real beef with it — they say it could block the EPA from regulating power plants too.  More »
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Oil nears $101 again on global stock rally

Oil prices edged higher to near $101 a barrel today in Asia amid a surge in global stock markets after major central banks pledged to lower borrowing costs.  More »
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API, lawmaker square off over industry job claims

The oil and gas industry’s largest trade group is going head to head with one of Big Oil’s most outspoken critics in Congress. The face off pits Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., against Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute. The pair are tangling over API’s prediction that the U.S. could add 1 million jobs over the next seven years if more federal lands and waters were opened for drilling.  More »
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Oil settles above $100 a barrel on bank plan

Wednesday’s price increases indicate that many oil traders think oil demand will grow as more money flows through the banking system.  More »
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Electricity officials say US should use tools to prevent reliability issues

Electricity industry officials on Wednesday raised concerns that upcoming environmental regulations will force plant shutdowns that could threaten grid reliability, but they stressed the government has tools to stave off such problems.  More »
Oil workers make adjustments to increase a well's production. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Recruiting firm Hays to open Houston office to tap oil and gas boom

Hays, a London-based employee recruiting firm, plans to open a 5 to 10-person office in Houston in the next several months to expand its customer base in the oil and gas industry.  More »
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San Antonio firefighters battle fire at refinery

Firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze at a San Antonio refinery this afternoon, according to a WOAI story.  More »
In this Dec. 7, 2009 picture provided by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, crews use steamer equipment to melt contaminated material for collection with a vacuum rig. Oil company BP says ice plugs in a pipeline caused a rupture that spilled 46,000 gallons of crude and water in an oil field on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, B. Fultz)

EPA says BP ignored alarms before Alaska spill

An Environmental Protection Agency investigator says BP ignored alarms that warned of the likelihood of a 13,500-gallon oil spill in 2009 on Alaska’s North Slope.  More »
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Environmental group says infrared video shows gas drilling pollution

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says infrared videos show air pollution coming from natural gas sites springing up across the country.  More »
A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Springs might place moratorium on drilling

Colorado Springs is considering a six-month moratorium on oil and gas exploration in Banning Lewis Ranch so officials can ensure they have the right regulations in place.  More »