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The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co.'s expanded pipeline will carry oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: LyondellBasell)

Texas refineries may get back $135M

Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation’s largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas’ cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.  More »
Environmental activists gather outside the White House as they continue a civil disobedience campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Both sides gearing up for Keystone pipeline meetings

Foes and supporters of a proposed pipeline that would connect Canadian oil fields with Gulf Coast refineries are set to square off at public meetings beginning today in Port Arthur.  More »
Activists and homeowners march in front of the Philadelphia convention center following a protest against hydraulic gas drilling, or "fracking." The several hundred activists and homeowners who gathered outside the convention center where an industry conference was being held, claim that fracking and shale gas drilling in general have led to polluted air and water, and made people sick. (AP Photo/Mark Stehle, File)

Spin overtaking facts in Marcellus Shale debate

Some insist Marcellus Shale natural gas is a huge economic boom for America, while others are certain it’s an environmental catastrophe.  More »

(Brett Clanton/Houston Chronicle)

Remote Wyoming site could help shape fracking’s future

Natural gas development in the U.S. will depend not only on what happens in Washington and in statehouses across the country. It could be shaped in part by what happens in a big antelope-dotted field south of this remote valley town.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |09.26.11|

BP gets back to work in the Gulf. Offshore services outlook is good. Methane suddenly matters for drillers.  More »
Nesting pelicans are seen landing as oil washes ashore at an island near Louisiana in May 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU studying oil spill via bugs, sparrows, oysters

Pelicans and other birds drenched in oil got lots of attention during last year’s BP oil spill. But bugs?  More »
A supply vessel is shown next to the Discoverer Inspiration. Chevron is drilling an exploration well into Moccasin Prospect on Transocean's Discoverer Inspiration, an ultra-deepwater drillship, located about 240 nautical miles from Leesville, Louisiana in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The vessel has the capability to drill wells in 12,000 feet of water to a total depth of 40,000 feet. (Melissa Phillip / Chronicle)

Chevron approves $29 billion Aussie LNG project

U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp. says it will go ahead with a $29 billion liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia state.  More »
Atop roughly two miles of ice, technician Marie McLane launches a data-transmitting weather balloon at Summit Station, a remote research site operated by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and situated 10,500 feet above sea level, on top of the Greenland ice sheet. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Are Americans allergic to global warming?

Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.  More »
The Jim Cunningham offshore drilling rig (BP Photo)

For first time since spill, BP asks permission for deep-water drilling

BP is asking federal regulators to approve a blueprint for new deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since its Macondo well blew out and triggered the nation’s worst oil spill last year.  More »
Unidentified oil workers, wearing orange and red jump suits, sit inside a helicopter after being rescued by the Navy, 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of the Gulf state of Campeche, by the ship Bourbon Artavaze and taken by helicopter to Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. (AP Photo/SEMAR)

Rescued oil workers file lawsuits

The workers claim they were abandoned by a ship that could have taken them to safety. The workers’ attorney, Francis Spagnoletti, said Friday the three men as well as their co-workers suffered a harrowing ordeal that could have been prevented.  More »
The Yellowstone River flows eastward past the Exxon Mobil refinery, in Laurel, Mont. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Exxon Mobil to restart Mont. pipeline

A failed Exxon Mobil pipeline that spilled an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River was expected to restart operations on Saturday after federal officials approved repairs.  More »
(AP photo)

Industry executives promise new jobs if E&P ramps up

Energy executives are touting potential creation of at least one million new jobs and $127 billion in fresh federal revenue over the next decade if federal regulators permit full access to newly discovered oil and gas reserves within the United States.  More »
(Image: Flickr/pawpaw67)

House passes bill delaying emissions rule Texas wants blocked

The House passed a bill today that delays for several years an emissions rule Texas and Dallas-based power plant operator Luminant have asked a federal court to block, and that would require a new committee to analyze the impact on business for EPA rules.  More »
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

EPA chief respects Obama’s decision to delay ozone standards

Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson said she “respects” President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw tougher ozone standards until 2013, adding that the agency will implement a less-stringent standard from 2008 — something she once called “not legally defensible.”  More »
Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison. left, and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stover, right, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Solyndra execs plead the 5th during hearing

Top executives from a bankrupt California solar energy company declined to testify before a congressional hearing investigating their half-billion dollar government loan.  More »