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Kinder Morgan reported fourth-quarter profits were up, thanks to the country's surging energy production. (photo Kinder Morgan)

Natural gas production drives price down

Increased production of natural gas has driven prices to their lowest in a decade, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil production exceeds 500,000 barrels daily

North Dakota oil drillers have surpassed a milestone of half a million barrels of oil a day.  More »
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Oil and gas leases on public lands up 20 percent in 2011, feds say

The announcement comes as the Interior Department plans a host of new lease sales in 2012 and mulls regulations that would require disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluids used on public lands and could boost the 12.5 percent royalty rate.  More »

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Exports fuel record year for U.S. diesel production

European demand for diesel led to record exports and depleted domestic inventory of distillate fuels by 13 million barrels in the last quarter of 2011, according to a federal report.  More »
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 »
Luminant's Big Brown coal power plant (AP photo)

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 »