-- Needed but unloved Europe's roads have recently been covered by snow and ice and consequently grit and rock salt. Windscreens have been smeared and misted, and there have been thousands of minor crashes and collisions.
-- Euro today, gulf tomorrow Six Arab oil-producing nations, which together control half of the world's known oil reserves, moved toward stabilizing their chronically unstable region in the waning hours of 2001.
-- FERC sets Mar. 15 deadline for electricity rules organization US federal regulators have given electricity suppliers and consumers a Mar. 15 deadline to decide who will determine the rules for reliability and business practices. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it's ready to designate an organization or develop the standards itself.
-- Pacific Gas & Electric seeking injunction against state Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked a US bankruptcy court to bar a consumer advocate unit of the California Public Utilities Commission from efforts to obtain correspondence with its parent PG&E Corp. concerning the utility's bankruptcy filing. The PUC has opposed the company's reorganization plan, claiming Pacific Gas & Electric is trying to escape state regulation.
-- New York regulator urges more redundancy after Sept. 11 'watershed' Permanent repair of New York City electric and natural gas services disrupted by terrorist attacks could take months, according to the chairman of the New York Public Service Commission. Maureen Helmer said Sept. 11 represented a watershed date in the way regulators and the utility industry view security.
-- Marathon, Unocal make gas discovery on Kenai Peninsula Marathon Oil Co. discovered a gas field in its Ninilchik prospect on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, the company said Wednesday. Grassim Oskolkoff No. 1 is the first exploration well drilled in the Ninilchik exploration unit, under a joint exploration agreement between Marathon and Unocal Corp.
-- Western Gulf of Mexico Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, said it has drilled four successful gas wells in the West Cameron area off Louisiana with the aid of four-component 3D seismic data.