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Sinopec to spend $1 billion to increase Australian LNG stake

China Petrochemical Corp., Asia’s biggest refiner, agreed to invest an estimated $1 billion to increase its stake in an Australian liquefied natural gas project led by ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy Ltd.  More »
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Natural-gas prices will move away from oil link, BP says

Natural-gas prices will move away from being linked to crude oil over the next three decades as the world becomes increasingly dependent on liquefied natural gas, BP Plc’s chief economist and vice president said.  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)

Colo. regulators to deliberate on fracking Tuesday

Colorado regulators are close to deliberating on proposed new regulations for hydraulic fracturing.  More »

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Steffy: Energy issues among the list of Congress’ unfinished business

As this session of Congress winds to a close, it will probably be remembered more for what it didn’t do than what it did. That’s especially true when it comes to energy issues.  More »

Holiday spirits are bright with either kind of light

As holiday festivities prompt decking of halls and stringing of lights, energy-conscious merry-makers may wonder just how much electricity it takes to be so jolly.  More »
Larry Maffitt, owner of Kuzman's Bar stands inside his establishment across the street from the new Vallourec seamless pipe mill which is being built in Girard, Ohio.  The $650 million V&M Star plant, located along a desolate stretch that once was a showcase for American industry, will open by year's end and produce seamless steel pipes for drilling in shale formations.  It has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multi-state region might jump-start a revival of Rust Belt manufacturing. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Gas drilling surges in Ohio; brings jobs, worries

After a childhood spent moving around, Patti Gorcheff vowed that she’d never uproot her daughter. But she says wastewater disposal in her area from an oil and gas drilling frenzy that’s hit Ohio and other states has forced her to change her mind.  More »
U.S. Marines raise a memorial American flag imprinted with the names of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack victims, at Forward Operating Base Jackson, in Sangin, Helmand province. Ten years have passed since the deadly suicide attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, led the United States to wage war in Afghanistan. Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, is eager to see the Iraq and Afghanistan missions completed so the Marines can return to their traditional role as an expeditionary force. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Chesapeake sees benefits in hiring returning vets

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down, tens of thousands of troops are returning home this year and next to an uncertain economy.  More »
Antonio G. Lara  is in a field of windmills and a wind generator located at the American Wind Power Center and Museum, in Lubbock. (Photo: Darrel Thomas, For the Chronicle)

Job opportunities carried in on wind

When 32-year-old Antonio Lara enrolled at Texas Tech University in 2010 as an undergraduate, he was looking for a growth field with opportunities in Texas and around the world.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.12.11|

Holiday lights are bright, but see how you can save some bucks without being a Grinch. Chesapeake is hiring returning veterans. Texas is having a rough year for air quality.  More »
The location of the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea (Image: Uwe Dedering)

Iran discovers natural-gas field in Caspian Sea, Shana says

Iran has discovered a natural-gas field in the Caspian Sea, the Ministry of Petroleum’s news website Shana reported, citing Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi.  More »
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Paper: New pipelines may pose challenge to forests

The blossoming growth of pipelines in Pennsylvania is expected to quadruple in the next two decades, according to a coming study, with proponents and critics weighing in to see how that will affect the state’s forests, wildlife and communities.  More »
A sign near the entrance marks Petrobras America's Ship Channel refinery, operated as Pasadena Refining System Inc. (Photo: Petrobras America)

2 injured in Houston-area refinery blast

Two people were injured when explosions rocked an independent refinery in the industrial Houston suburb of Pasadena.  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Fracturing backers stand their ground

A federal report linking hydraulic fracturing with water contamination is providing fresh ammunition to opponents of the oil and gas production technology, but advocates showed no signs Friday of giving ground.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Hydraulic fracturing report fuels push for new regulations

A new EPA report that blames hydraulic fracturing for possibly contaminating Wyoming drinking water is providing fresh ammunition to environmentalists and policymakers who want to stiffen regulation of the technique credited with allowing the U.S. to unlock a 100-year supply of natural gas.  More »
Mohammad Rezaie changes the gas prices at his Union 76 gas station in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  The price of oil is flirting with $100 per barrel for the first time since the summer, as fears fade that Europe's debt crisis will spread and trigger another recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Gas prices could rise near $4 mark next spring

If high gas prices are getting you down, you shouldn’t be looking forward to the New Year. An expiring ethanol tax credit will likely boost gasoline prices at the pump by a nickel on New Year’s Day, and experts predict gasoline prices could rise above the $4-per-gallon mark by spring.  More »