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The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Cyprus: exploratory drilling for gas to begin soon

U.S. firm Noble Energy will soon begin exploratory drilling to confirm oil and gas deposits beneath the sea bed off Cyprus’ southern coast despite Turkey’s attempts to prevent such a move, the island’s president said today.  More »
Gasoline prices have risen in the past week, but the motor club AAA projects regular will stay under $3 a gallon this year. (AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

IEA cuts forecast for crude oil demand

The International Energy Agency cut global oil demand forecasts for this year and next as the economic recovery falters.  More »
Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, testifies on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Offshore drilling chief takes aim at industry critics

The nation’s top offshore energy regulator today hit back against oil and gas industry critics who say the government has been moving too slowly in permitting new coastal drilling projects.  More »
The Ocean Monarch (Image: Diamond Offshore)

Feds add teeth to offshore safety rule *updated*

The government today moved to boost the safety of offshore drilling by requiring oil and gas companies to prove they are systematically identifying — and overcoming — risks at every stage of their work. Under the new workplace safety rule, modeled on requirements that already govern drilling in the North Sea, the government is requiring third-party audits of companies’ safety and environmental management systems.  More »
(AP file photo/Alastair Grant)

BP stops Russian court order allowing Moscow office raids

BP Plc said it halted a court ruling in Russia that led to raids on its Moscow offices last month while it appeals.  More »
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BP, Noble win industry awards in Colorado

Four drilling companies have received awards from Colorado oil and gas regulators despite a large number of oil spills over the past year and a half.  More »
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Libyan oil production expected to ramp up faster

Oil production in Libya should ramp up faster than previously forecast, the International Energy Agency said today, but the North African country still won’t be at full capacity at the end of next year.  More »
Kenya Red Cross personnel stand near the bodies of victims after a pipeline explosion in Nairobi, Kenya. A leaking gasoline pipeline in Kenya's capital exploded on Monday, turning part of a slum into an inferno in which scores of people were killed and more than 100 hurt. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Death toll in Kenya pipeline explosion rises to 82

A Red Cross official says the death toll from a gasoline pipeline explosion in the Kenyan capital has risen to 82.  More »
Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility in Tomball, Texas. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Baker Hughes plans to hire about 2,000 workers in 2011

Bakers Hughes Inc. plans to hire about 2,000 workers in the U.S. this year and “several thousand” in other nations, a spokeswoman said.  More »
(John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Much-needed housing is set for Kenedy

A San Antonio-area developer has purchased 166 acres in Kenedy for a project to help fill the desperate need for housing for oil field workers in the Eagle Ford shale.  More »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

FuelFix Newslinks |09.13.11|

A new low for carbon. Coast Guard checks out Gulf leak. Shell, UT team up for shale.  More »
AT&T headquarters lobby

AT&T to use sugarcane, cut petroleum, in plastic packaging

Up to 30 percent of the plastic used to package AT&T’s cell phone accessories will derive from sugarcane starting next month, the company announced.  More »
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Oil rises a second day on forecast of shrinking inventories

Oil rose for a second day in New York before data forecast to show that crude supplies declined a second week in the U.S., the largest consumer of the commodity.  More »
A hydrogen explosion rocks the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor on March 14, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/HO/NHK)

Nuclear agency’s board adopts safety plan

A 35-nation meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency has adopted a post-Fukushima nuclear safety plan — despite gripes by some nations that it is too timid.  More »
A natural gas well in the  Greater Natural Buttes (Photo: Anadarko)

Shell, UT to study better shale production method

Shell Oil has donated $7.5 million to establish a University of Texas study of ways to make extraction of oil and gas from shale and other tight formations safer, more efficient and cleaner.  More »