Fuel Fix

Ford Motor Co. shows the all-new Ford Focus Electric. The automaker says the Focus can be fully charged in three to four hours using a 240-volt outlet. That's half the time it takes to charge the Nissan Leaf, a competitor that went on sale last month.  (AP Photos/Ford Motor Co.)

Could electric cars kill the gas tax?

Thirty-eight cents of every gallon of gasoline that Texans buy goes into building new state and federal roads – many of which have become inadequate or in badly need of repair over the past few years.  More »
A section of land inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.  (AP Photo)

Feds detail auction plan for 3 million acres in Alaska

What happens if you hold a lease sale and no one shows up? The federal government may find out on Dec. 7, when it auctions off drilling leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.  More »
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“Revenge of the Electric Car” questions future of car industry

Filmmaker Chris Paine asked a simple question in his 2006 documentary about electric cars, “Who killed them?”  More »
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An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Congressman pitches bill to end energy subsidies

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador says it’s time for the federal government to get out of the business of subsidizing energy projects.  More »

High gas prices are expected to hinder holiday spending

According to AAA Texas’ third annual holiday shopping poll, nearly two-thirds of respondents said gas prices will make a significant effect on their household budgets for Christmas.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.04.11|

New heights in Ohio. Old fines for BP. Transocean stumbles.  More »
The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Rising oil prices and more U.S. production boost Apache earnings

Growing production of oil and natural gas liquids in the United States contributed to a 28 percent growth in third quarter earnings for Apache. But executives bemoaned the rate of federal permitting in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.  More »
Harvested corn grain is unloaded from an auger.  (AP file photo/Seth Perlman)

GOP tweaks ‘farm dust’ bill over concerns it would block fossil-fuel dust-emission regs

Republicans on a House subcommittee altered a bill for exempting agricultural dust from Environmental Protection Agency regulation, seeking to address concerns the bill’s original language could inadvertently ban the agency from regulating dust emissions from fossil-fuel burning.  More »
The Travis Tower, or 1300 Main, in downtown Houston was purchased by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners in August 2011. (Image: Boxer Property)

Energy Transfer will ‘not rule out’ talks with Williams

Energy Transfer fought tooth-and-nail with Williams for Southern Union Co. this summer. That doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to make a deal with them, however.  More »
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Pioneer swings to a profit in third quarter

The San Antonio-based company, which provides contract land-drilling services in the United States and Colombia, earned $6.7 million in the quarter, and the company’s revenue jumped 38 percent.  More »
A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig (Photo: Chesapeake Energy)

Chesapeake 3Q profit and revenue beat expectations

Natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. reported a third-quarter profit on Thursday that was well ahead of analyst expectations as production and prices both rose.  More »
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site. (AP file photo/Ralph Wilson)

Chesapeake, EnerVest deal a new high-water mark for the Utica

A $3.4 billion joint venture of Chesapeake Energy, Houston-based EnerVest and an unnamed foreign company sets the bar higher for the Utica shale formation in Ohio — about $15,000 per acre.  More »