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Exxon Mobil used the Maersk Developer semi-submersible drilling rig to drill its first post-moratorium deep-water exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Maersk)

Deepwater rig day rates top $600K

Rates for deep-water drilling equipment are rising along with increased exploration in Brazil, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico, Barclays equity research reports.  More »
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Has President Obama increased drilling? We FuelFact it

FuelFact is a new project of FuelFix.com. In the runup to the 2012 presidential election, a lot is being said about the rising price of gasoline. We’ll be evaluating these statements, consulting with experts and rating their accuracy.  More »
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Senate to vote on axing oil industry tax breaks

The Senate is poised to vote today on a plan to block the nation’s five biggest oil companies from taking advantage of a suite of tax breaks.  More »
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Prices for three grades of gasoline are posted in front of a service station Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Houston gas record could be days away

Gasoline prices are likely to reach a record high in Houston in the coming days.  More »
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Analysis: Election year fuels oil conspiracy theories

You may not have realized it, but the current run-up in oil and gasoline prices is actually a right-wing plot to oust President Barack Obama.  More »
General aviation has been hurt by rising cost of fuel, but Stinson Municipal Airfield has benefited from being convenient to the Eagle Ford Shale play. Photo: BILLY CALZADA, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS / gcalzada@express-news.net

Shale boom has business up at San Antonio airport

Stinson Municipal Airport, a 96-year-old airport in South San Antonio, might be in the right place at the right time.  More »
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Ohio gas drilling raises concern over water supply

Drillers hoping to retrieve gas through Utica shale wells in eastern Ohio are drawing water for their operations from ponds and streams or purchasing it from public reservoirs, worrying environmentalists who say it might endanger water supplies for the public and wildlife if there’s not enough water for everyone.  More »
Gov. Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

California’s Brown says he’ll consider fracking standards

Governor Jerry Brown said he’ll consider opening California (STOCA1), fourth among oil-producing states, to a drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to increase natural-gas production.  More »
The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Doctors oppose Utah oil refinery expansions

A group of Utah doctors is leading a campaign against expansion plans at three of five Utah oil refineries, saying the air in the Salt Lake basin is dirty enough and often fails to meet standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  More »
The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to approve a plan for Montana to address haze from air pollution by retrofitting industrial plants, like Colstrip, to reduce emissions. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer, file)

EPA says Mont. plants need $90M in upgrades

A proposed cleanup of Montana air pollution would force three industrial plants to spend $90 million on measures to improve visibility in some of the nation’s prized public lands, including Yellowstone and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks.  More »
Kenny LeBaron, left, and his brother Joshua moved to North Dakota from Minnesota to take advantage of higher salaries due to an oil boom there. Here they service a gas and oil well near Watford City, North Dakota. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

Hoeven: Williston Basin oil study due next year

Sen. John Hoeven says a re-evaluation of the amount of recoverable oil in the Williston Basin is slated to be completed late next year by the U.S. Geological Survey.  More »
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Oil discovered in Kenya for first time

The president of Kenya says that oil has been discovered for the first time in his East Africa nation.  More »