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Sunoco Logistics to expand Nederland terminal

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The project, which will include new rail lines to help the facility with shipments of sweet crude oil from production centers in North Dakota, is considered to be the first phase of a project that could lead to more expansions.
The tanker Otome Eagle spilled 400,000 gallons of crude into the Sabine Neches Waterway after colliding with a barge last year. (Dave Ryan photo/Beaumont Enterprise

Civil war battlefield preservation included in spill settlement

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A tanker company has agreed to make improvements at the Sabine Pass Battleground, site of an 1863 Civil War battle, as part of a settlement arising from an oil spill last year.
Categories: Accidents, General
The Eagle Ford oil boom has caused the cost of renting a house in South Texas to skyrocket, forcing local people to move away as oilfield workers move in. This four-bedroom house in Cotulla rented for $550 a month until recently. The owner is now seeking to charge $125 a week per occupant to eight or more workers. (Photo: John MacCormack / HC)

Eagle Ford boom brings tricky problems

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Truck traffic, high rents and pipelines everywhere a hassle as the Eagle Ford booms.
Bobby Petty, with the "Veterans for Keystone XL," speaks in support of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would connect Canadian tar sands to Port Arthur refineries. (Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

Massive crowds show at Keystone XL meeting in Port Arthur

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Absent were the celebrities and environmental protesters seen at the White House over the summer.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Gas prices are declining, but can you feel it?

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With oil prices down and season driving season winding down, gasoline prices are dropping.
The Eagle Ford oil boom has caused the cost of renting a house in South Texas to skyrocket, forcing local people to move away as oilfield workers move in. This four-bedroom house in Cotulla rented for $550 a month until recently. The owner is now seeking to charge $125 a week per occupant to eight or more workers. (Photo: John MacCormack / HC)

Eagle Ford boom runs up rents in South Texas

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The “For Rent” sign on the fence outside the four-bedroom house at 505 Thornton St. captures the new housing dynamic in many of the small communities booming across the Eagle Ford shale.
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

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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.
(Cartoon by Nick Anderson)

Chronicle cartoonist takes on Obama, Solyndra

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The Houston Chronicle’s editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson takes on Obama and Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker who received more than $500 million in federal loan guarantees.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Spill report sets stage for new offshore rules

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In highlighting a series of failures that culminated in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, federal investigators on Wednesday paved the way for new rules on offshore drilling safety.
Containment vessels at the site of BP's Macondo well in June 2010. The Helix Q4000 is the platform at the bottom left. (BP Photo)

Report may not add much to fight over spill blame

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The findings of a far-reaching federal probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster may turn out to be a minor victory for BP as it girds for upcoming legal battles.