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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are waging war against a hapless Web Site and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare, the health care program they loathe yet can’t stop talking about it. As a tactic, it’s no more likely to succeed than this autumn’s self-wounding decision by Republicans to force a partial government shutdown and flirt with default on the national debt. Or their specious, long-ago claim that the program included death panels. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

House panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-19, with three Democrats joining 28 Republicans to back the bill.
Gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as motorists prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices continue to fall

AAA experts say retail gas prices remain much cheaper than last year due to the relatively low price of crude oil in a trend expected to continue into autumn.
( Jay Pickthorn/AP/Statoil).

Statoil fined for Ohio fracking well fire

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say the fines are being assessed for the loss of aquatic species, spill cleanup and water quality violations from the well pad fire in June 2014.
(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

Scandinavian Airlines scraps Norway-Texas ‘oil route’ flights as business dips

SAS Group spokesman Eivind Roald says there were “no sound commercial grounds for continuing this niche route.”
Deepwater Horizon

Republicans oppose new safety rules on offshore drilling

The Interior Department is poised to issue standards to close what it says are gaps in blowout preventer rules. Such a device failed catastrophically when a BP well blew out in 2010, causing a massive oil spill.
Hilcorp Energy has been listed as the top mid-size company to work for in the Houston area, based on a Chronicle survey.

Hilcorp applies to drill 2 exploration wells near Ninilchik

Hilcorp officials say, if approved, the company will begin clearing vegetation in late September, construct a gravel pad and begin drilling two wells to be completed by May 2016.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at an August town hall meeting. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) )

Environmental groups appeal $225 million Exxon Mobil settlement

New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said the groups are seeking additional natural resources damages.
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John Hess, chairman and CEO of Hess Corp. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg )

U.S. Virgin Islands sues Hess Corp. over shuttered refinery

The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday sued Houston-based Hess Corp. for more than $1 billion, alleging that the firm abandoned a massive oil refinery it had pledged to run through the year 2022.
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)

Small South Texas town upset about oil and gas waste dump

The Texas Railroad Commission is likely to approve the controversial South Texas dump Tuesday despite heavy opposition from elected officials who represent the area, echoing issues of local control that played out in the Capitol during the last legislative session.
Money Roll

Royalty checks shrink as oil, gas prices tumble

Land owners who leased their property to drillers during the oil and gas boom with the promise of steady income are feeling the pinch, the Dallas Morning News reported