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Dow Chemical Co. chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris, front, addresses his employees and honored guests during the announcement of Dow's new ethylene production plant at Dow Texas Operations, Thursday, April 19, 2012, on the Brazosport College campus in Lake Jackson. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Dow Chemical, Olin in $5 billion cash-and-stock deal

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Dow has been under pressure from the hedge fund Third Point LLC to split its specialty chemical and petrochemical businesses.
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FERC directs Texas pipeline company to investigate alternatives

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The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark County into southern Stark and Wayne counties, then western Wayne, Medina and Lorain counties.
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2 U.S. funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline

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The Los Ramones pipeline will transport natural gas from Texas to Mexico.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Oklahoma adds more counties to earthquake list

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Letters were sent last week to 92 companies holding permits for waste-water disposal wells directing them to provide evidence that their wells are not at a depth most likely to trigger earthquakes.
The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

Energy Department study: Shale won’t last, Arctic drilling needed now

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In order for the U.S. to keep domestic production high and imports low, oil companies should start probing the Artic now because it takes 10 to 30 years of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market, according to a draft of the study’s executive summary obtained by the Associated Press.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

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Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards.
Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades listens during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

Cyprus draws Norway parallel after latest gas quest failure

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President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters Thursday he’s not disheartened by the failure of an Italian-South Korean consortium to find commercially viable amounts of gas during exploratory drilling in an area off Cyprus’ southern coast.
a worker sprays water in the switchyard area of the under- construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

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Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh.
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Shell cuts staff numbers in North Sea operations

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The price of Brent crude, an international variety of oil, dropped about 50 percent last year and the industry is scrambling to figure out how to address the price shock.
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Mexico says arson at U.S. company linked to extortion

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Smaller Mexican companies have been subject to such extortion demands, but larger, foreign-owned firms have seldom been acknowledged as targets.