Stephen Pearlman, of Interocean Systems, Inc. , talks about the rig anchor release during Offshore Technical Conference at NRG on May 7, 2014, in Houston. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Old kids on the block at OTC

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There is still a place for decades-old products at the Offshore Technology Conference.
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Energy companies warned about water availability

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As water becomes increasingly scarce, oil and gas companies must start looking at it as an asset, expert says.
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Planned gas pipeline to Mexico stirs controversy

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The proposed pipeline is criticized as opening a new route for smugglers and immigrants illegally entering the country.
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Police break Greenpeace blockade on Russian tanker

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Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship Thursday and ended environmentalists’ attempts to block a Russian tanker carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean from mooring at Rotterdam Port.
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High court upholds emissions rule Texas and others challenged

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The Supreme Court upheld an EPA rule requiring aging power plants to reduce emissions that cross state lines. Texas was among states challenging the rule.
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The Mikhail Ulyanov oil tanker travels from the Prirazlomnaya oil drilling platform in the Pechora Sea to Rotterdam, Netherlands. Greenpeace International said Monday it has sent the 'Rainbow Warrior III' to protest the arrival of the Russian-flagged tanker that is bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic circle to Rotterdam. Greenpeace spokesman Arin de Hoog could not immediately say when the two vessels are expected to meet and what form the protest will take. (AP Photo/Dmitrij Leltschuk, Greenpeace) NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Greenpeace ship to confront Russian Arctic oil tanker

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Greenpeace International is sending out a ship to protest a tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam.
The Baker Hughes research and development building in Tomball, Texas. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Energy Dept. welcomes fracking chemical disclosure

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The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn’t committing to such disclosure.
The sun rises over a drilling site in Frio County, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Texas regulator says no controversy in cutting air quality funding

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Bryan Shaw, the head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said this week in San Antonio that there’s no controversy over the agency’s decision to cut funding for air quality work in the region. The Alamo Area Council of Governments lost out on funding after  its natural resource director publicly disclosed details of a draft air […]
Divide County Emergency Manager Jody Gunlock, left, on Wednesday takes a photo of the labeling and product codes found inside the Noonan, N.D., oil filter sock dump site, which may be used to track companies that contributed to the mess. (AP Photo/The Bismarck Tribune, Lauren Donovan)

North Dakota finds more radioactive oil waste

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Health officials have said that radioactive filter socks increasingly are being found along roadsides, in abandoned buildings or in commercial trash bins — sometimes those of competing oil companies.

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Didi Fung, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, collects water samples Feb. 5 from the Dan River.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Duke says moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

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Duke’s electricity customers likely would foot nearly all the bill.

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