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Smoke at Exxon refinery in Beaumont due to power outage

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A refinery spokesman said no one was injured and there was no cause for alarm following the 3 p.m. outage. Non-essential personnel were “dismissed” from the facility.
Workers prepare drilling pipe on the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Commentary: Mexico’s third-round of lease auctions gives domestic energy industry a jump-start

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The 25 onshore leases — including four medium-size blocks and 21 small fields — attracted significant interest from energy companies.
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Barton, Green, Cornyn weigh in end of export ban

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U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, who sought to end the ban in each of the past few sessions of Congress, said the current industry slump of low oil prices helped seal the deal in Washington.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Commentary: More dialogue needed on BSEE well control rule

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By Erik Milito Safe, responsible energy development in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond is vital to the U.S. economy and job growth, as well as U.S. energy and national security. Joint efforts from the oil and natural gas industry and federal government have made great strides to enhance the safety of offshore operations in […]
Categories: Crude oil, Offshore
Brian Salerno, director of the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement   at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Commentary: Proposed well standards bring accountability to offshore safety

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Industry standards alone won’t ensure improved offshore safety because they lack the force of law, says the head of the federal agency that regulates the offshore industry.
Birds fly as pedestrians watch tug boats transport the Chevron Corp. Jack St. Malo semi-submersible drilling and production platform to the Gulf of Mexico from Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside, Texas, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Chevron Corp. expects its $7.5 billion Jack/St. Malo platform to begin producing oil and gas in 2014, with a long-range target of 177,000 barrels per day. Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Commentary: Offshore well control rule will hurt, not help, offshore energy development

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The oil and natural gas industry has spent the last five years following the Deepwater Horizon incident working with government and regulatory officials to improve the safety of operations offshore.
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Commentary: Success of nuisance suits against Texas oil and gas companies in limbo

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Marathon Oil EF, LLC, and Plains Exploration & Production Co. recently prevailed against landowners who claimed harm to their health and property from surrounding oil and gas operations in the Eagle Ford shale.
Kurt Mix (center) arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Ex-BP engineer says he was ‘scapegoat’

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On Sunday, Kurt Mix wrote in a first-person commentary posted on the Wall Street Journal website that was an oil spill scapegoat.
From left, Betsy Cavillo, Jemillie Martinez and Trina Painter pose for a photo in the photo booth at the Houston Chronicle's annual Top Workplaces event Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Houston.  ( Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle )

Energy companies among Houston’s Top Workplaces

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Nearly 79,000 Houston-area workers were surveyed to determine the winners of the sixth annual Top Workplaces event.
Source: tap-ag.com, Trans Adriatic Pipeline.

Commentary: Southern Gas Corridor can boost regional stability

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Georgios Papanikolaou is the Consul of Greece to Houston; Elena Sgarbi is the Consul General of Italy to Houston; and Ferhat Alkan is the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Houston.