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Miss. man accused of making false oil spill money claims

A federal grand jury has indicted a Jackson County man on charges accusing him of filing fraudulent claims to obtain more than $20,000 for lost wages as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  More »
President Obama, center, is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, right, as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, left, walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee says agents executed multiple search warrants on Thursday morning as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General. (AP Photo/Paul Chinn, Pool, File)

White House wary of Solyndra re-election effects

The Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape, newly released emails show.  More »
A drilling rig works the Marcellus shale in Houston, Pa.  (AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pa. gov: Drilling fee should aid locals, cleanups

Gov. Tom Corbett revealed more details about the kind of fee he wants to impose on the state’s booming natural gas industry to pay for regulating it and for the damage it causes, saying some money should go to the state for environmental cleanups.  More »
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Baltimore Gas and Electric contractor Nate Mickel, of Altoona, Pa., works on a power line in Annapolis, Md., to restore service after Hurricane Irene. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

After Irene, $100 million electric bill for utility company

LIPA officials are awaiting a final assessment by contractor National Grid on today.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.16.11|

Spill penalties on the way. Surprise! We’ve got oil. WWJD = Where Would Jesus Drill?  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

2 killed in oil rig explosion in North Dakota

An explosion at a newly drilled oil well in western North Dakota killed two workers and severely injured two others, officials said.  More »
A Houston-based startup company will build a chemical blending operation on the site of the former A. Schulman plastics resin plant in Orange, which shut down in 2003. (Photo: Pete Churton / Beaumont Enterprise)

Long-vacant West Orange plant will soon be filled with chemical startup

A startup company called Chem 32, likely named for the undergraduate course in chemistry that sets up more involved studies, will build a new plant from the long-vacant shell of the A. Schulman Inc. plant that closed in 2003.  More »
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EPA won’t “force the lights to go out” *update*

A top EPA official today rebuffed concerns that some Texas power plants could shut down because providers do not have enough time to prepare for new requirements to reduce toxic emissions that cross state lines.  More »
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Program aims to jump start new energy companies

A program aimed at jump starting new energy and information technology companies launched in Houston today.  More »
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. September 2011. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

Oil and gas industry group vows to fight proposed tax hikes in Obama jobs plan

The American Petroleum Institute said it is stepping up its fight against proposed tax increases on the industry meant to help fund President Barack Obama’s new $447 million jobs bill, arguing they will do more harm than good to the U.S. economy over time.  More »
House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash, leads a committee hearing. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Administration: Republican plan for offshore oversight could slow down permitting

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., is pushing legislation to overhaul the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling, codifying some changes that were launched administratively after last year’s oil spill. But the Obama administration today warned the proposal risks “bureaucratic paralysis” and could bog down the permitting of offshore drilling projects.  More »
An oil pump works near Stanley, N.D. (AP file photo/James MacPherson)

Report: U.S. has “surprisingly” large amount of oil

A report from the National Petroleum Council notes the U.S. has a lot of natural gas it can tap into — that’s nothing new. But the report also touts the unexpectedly large oil resource that U.S. has.  More »