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WTI reaches highest price in 16 months

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New pipelines, soaring demand from refineries and turmoil in the Middle East have driven up crude oil prices over the past few weeks, pushing up gasoline prices as well.
President Barack Obama speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington in June 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Poll finds broad public support for Obama’s climate change plan

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A poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council found two-thirds of registered voters approve of one of the most controversial components of President Obama’s proposals to combat climate change: setting limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants.
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GDF Suez, Alstom sign long-term contract for power plant services

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GDF Suez Energy North America has awarded a $480 million, long-term contract to Alstom to provide comprehensive maintenance and gas turbine upgrades to natural gas-fired power stations in Texas and Massachusetts.
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Isis Energy President A.J. Brass said the midstream company will announce its first project soon.

New midstream company launches with $150 million in financing

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A new Houston-based midstream company announced $150 million in capital commitments Tuesday and said it expects to name its first project soon.
Phillips 66 has launched an initial public offering for a midstream partnership called Phillips 66 Partners LP

Phillips 66 Partners launches IPO

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Phillips 66 Partners, a subsidiary of refining and midstream company Phillips 66, said Monday it has launched an initial public offering, seeking to raise as much as $315 million.
Robert Christian, a field service technician, checks on mud samples in the lab at the Newpark Drilling Fluids new building, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Katy. The company just moved into a new headquarters and lab in Katy, where equipment includes a new downhole drilling simulator, among other things. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

New drilling labs deal with fluid situation

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Drilling fluids may not sound glamorous, but like hammers and nails at a construction site, it’s hard to get anything done at the wellhead without them.
Pipes at a transfer station on the west side of the Frio River near Three Rivers. Oil extracted from the Eagle Ford shale is unloaded from tanker trucks and transferred to a pipeline underneath the river to the Valero Three Rivers Refinery. (San Antonio Express-News/John Davenport)

Texas regulators begin aerial surveys of oil and gas facilities

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Several weeks into an assessment of air quality at oil and gas production facilities in South and West Texas, officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality say it’s too soon to say whether the survey will lead to action against companies working there.
Construction is set to start soon on the Permian Rail Park, just west of Big Spring.

Crude by rail gets a boost in the Permian Basin

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The developers of San Antonio’s Mission Rail Park, which will serve the Eagle Ford Shale, said Tuesday they are starting construction on a rail park in West Texas. The Permian Rail Park, located between Big Spring and Midland, will be in the heart of the Wolfcamp and Cline Shale plays.
Buccaneer Energy's Endeavour jack-up rig (Buccaneer Energy)

Buccaneer Energy shareholders shake up board

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Houston entrepreneur Curtis Burton will retain a seat on the board of the independent oil and gas exploration company he founded in 2006, but shareholders also elected three outside directors proposed by dissident investors who had gained more than 8 percent of the company’s shares.
A drilling rig working for Houston-based Vaalco Energy approaches  the Ebouri platform, offshore Gabon. (Vaalco Energy)

When the next desk over is an ocean away

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While technology has the power to upend old ways of doing things – allowing production companies to shut down offshore production platforms remotely, for example – it also has raised new questions.
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