A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
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Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

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The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.
At the Motiva Port Arthur refinery on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise)

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

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The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.

Natural gas heavy duty trucking fleet could benefit US economy and security, but not necessarily climate

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The decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to favor a market-share approach rather than defend prices – and the subsequent fall in oil prices– has prompted a drop in drilling activity in the United States and layoffs in the oil and gas sector. While the U.S. economy benefits from falling oil […]
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A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

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Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.
Helix Well Containment Group equipment was deployed in a drill at a Noble Energy test well in May, with federal regulators and industry representatives looking on. (Photo: Noble Energy)

Helix CEO: Producers canceling offshore contracts despite termination fees

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The Houston offshore service firm probably won’t make deep cuts to its workforce of 1,600 to cope with the downturn in oil prices, its CEO said, but he acknowledged there “may be some opportunity.”
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Enable Midstream to cut 10 percent of its workforce

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Enable’s main offices are located in Oklahoma city, but the company operates its interstate pipeline segment in Houston.
Rig hands thread together drilling pipe at a hydraulic fracturing site located atop the Marcellus shale rock formation in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 31, 2013. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracturing oversight

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Of particular concern is making sure their waterways are not contaminated by waste.

A Lesson from Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis: Approve AKLNG

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Decades ago, the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) transformed the state into a cornerstone to strengthen  American energy security, fuel the state’s revenues, propel unparalleled economic growth, and provide job security to thousands of Alaskans.  However, Alaska appears to be reaching a turning point in its history. Today, with the recent downturn in […]
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Oil Price Amnesia

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Since the decline in oil prices began late last year, there has not been a day on which the media has not devoted considerable time to oil prices and the implications of the current state of affairs.  A lot of the commentary has been borderline apocalyptic because share prices of oil companies have declined, capital […]
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TransCanada CEO Russ Girling talks about the future and present of the company's pipeline before an event at Ford Park in Beaumont on Wednesday.  (Guiseppe Barranco/@spotnewsshooter)

TransCanada plans another cross-border pipeline

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But unlike the Keystone XL project that has been ensnared in controversy, the proposed Upland pipeline would transport oil away from the United States — as much as 70,000 barrels a day of North Dakota crude that now moves by rail to refineries in East Canada.