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Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

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Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge. More »
A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

An explosion and fire occurred late Wednesday at BP’s biggest U.S. refinery in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries.  More »
Occidental Petroleum Corp. employees and  guests, including Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Tom Craddick, Mayor Jerry Morales and others help turn the dirt during a  ground breaking ceremony for Occidential's Midland office complex.
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Occidental breaks ground on Midland complex

MIDLAND — Occidental Petroleum officials and employees gathered earlier this week with local- and state-elected officials — including Gov. Rick Perry — to break ground for the company’s Midland office. Mayor Jerry Morales began the event, welcoming participants and citing not only Occidental’s job creation but its contributions to the community — from schools to […]  More »
Glenn Legge, a partner at Houston law firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, specializes in commercial litigation areas including energy and insurance coverage.

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.  More »
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A rig works in the Marcellus Shale, the largest U.S. shale-gas basin. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Plenty of pluck left in the Marcellus, report says

The Marcellus region is now the biggest natural gas shale play in the world, and there’s still about $90 billion to be made by tapping the area’s reserves, according to a study by energy analyst group Wood Mackenzie.  More »
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Gasoline futures fall before Labor Day

West Texas Intermediate crude settled little changed.  More »
Lower marine riser package, left, and lower blowout preventer stack shown at National Oilwell Varco in August, 2010, Houston. (Chronicle/Melissa Phillip

Project aims to trade calendar for risk in maintaining BOPs

Oil companies, drilling contractors and manufacturers are collaborating on a project to shake up the way the emergency devices known as blowout preventers are kept in good condition.  More »
Kurdistan needs oil revenue to mobilize its peshmerga fighters in the battle against the Islamic State. (PHOTO: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanker ruling comes at critical time for Kurdistan under siege by militants

A federal judge’s ruling that technically clears the way for a contested tanker of crude to be offloaded in the United States comes at a critical time for Kurdistan, which urgently needs a large infusion of cash to defend itself against Islamist militants.  More »
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Forecast: cheapest Labor Day gasoline since 2010

Drivers hitting the roads during the upcoming holiday weekend will likely encounter good news: the cheapest Labor Day weekend gasoline prices since 2010.  More »
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Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »
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Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »
In this March 29, 2013 file photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA)  gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The state’s governor, John Hickenlooper, says the industry needs to talk about how it is reducing its environmental footprint.AP (Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,  More »
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Moody’s forecasts post-restructuring Kinder Morgan debt rating

Kinder Morgan’s restructuring after a $44 billion buyout of its family companies will leave the new company just above an investment-grade debt rating, analysts Moody’s Investors Service said in a Monday report.  More »
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