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Oil fields kept off-limits may be underestimated, API says

President Barack Obama’s administration may be underestimating the amount of oil available in offshore areas closed to drilling, the largest U.S. energy trade group said.  More »
NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, STS-135 mission specialist, is guided through the water as he starts a training simulation in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center on Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Houston. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Oil and gas workers to be trained like astronauts

To simulate the microgravity of space, astronauts have practiced in an extremely large, 40-foot deep swimming pool in southeast Houston for more than 15 years.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Turkey says it hopes to sign oil, gas deal with Shell

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says the country is hoping to sign a deal with Shell next week to explore for land and offshore oil and gas resources.  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)

Oil hits $100 per barrel for first time since July

Oil prices topped out over $100 this morning for the first time since July.  More »
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

Pipelines owned by Conoco, Exxon at risk of failing

Federal safety regulators disclosed problems Tuesday with oil and other hazardous liquid pipelines at seven major river crossings and hundreds of smaller crossings in Montana and northern Wyoming — problems that could put the lines at increased risk of failure.  More »
Drivers test out the Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show (AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Air Resources Board may boost low-emission cars

By 2025, 15 percent of the new cars and small trucks sold each year in California would have to be powered by batteries, fuel cells or some other technology that produces little or no air pollution under rules that state regulators will propose next month.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.16.11|

McMoRan finds some more. Progress on Brazilian spill. Nabors looking to sell assets.  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)

Pa. lawmakers debate bills to reform drilling laws

The state House and Senate opened a long-anticipated debate over competing Republican bills to overhaul the regulation of natural gas drilling and impose a fee on drilling companies, as the Democratic minority complained that neither proposal goes far enough in tapping revenue from the lucrative industry.  More »
Mike Shuster, left, and Lisa Zaccaglini, both of Sharon Springs, N.Y., hold signs during a rally against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of the state, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Poll finds gas companies have too much heft in Pa.

A new poll says Pennsylvanians believe Gov. Tom Corbett is too cozy with the natural gas industry but so far think increased drilling has done the state more good than harm.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republicans push White House to reverse course on Keystone XL

Sugar Land Rep. Pete Olson and other Republican lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to reverse course on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and swiftly approve the controversial project that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast. Some lawmakers are also considering legislation that would force the State Department to swiftly review a new route for the project, with the goal of a final permitting decision before the end of 2012.  More »
A natural gas platform is shown off the coast of Fort Morgan, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Oil industry says new offshore lease terms will discourage bids

Oil industry leaders and their Capitol Hill allies complained Tuesday that the Obama administration’s plan to hike the minimum bid for offshore drilling leases and shorten the duration of those contracts will discourage companies from making bets on marginal fields in the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately curb domestic energy production.  More »
Photo: The personal website of Alan Thornhill

Former Rice prof to lead feds’ ocean research, enviro studies

Onetime Rice University professor and conservationist Alan Thornhill has been hired to oversee the federal government’s environmental reviews of offshore energy production, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.  More »
The Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is the largest in the world. A&M has established a new research center in Qatar to delve into shale gas studies and train students for jobs in gas processing. (Photo: Shell)

Gas exporters seek high prices with cooperation

The world’s largest natural-gas exporters aim to cooperate in developing projects for production and sale of the fuel to raise prices and boost supply.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Brazil approves Chevron plan to contain oil spill

Brazil’s oil regulator says it has approved Chevron’s plan to plug and abandon a leaking appraisal well off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.  More »
(Photo: Chris Keane)

Report says power plants are taxing U.S. freshwater supplies

Citing Texas as a prime example, a new report argues U.S. freshwater resources are increasingly burdened by electricity generating plants.  More »