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Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to nearly 2,700 workers

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees after federal regulators found violations of federal labor law.  More »

A&M establishes gas research center in Qatar amid U.S. shale boom

Regents earlier this month formally approved the Gas and Fuels Research Center, which will serve as a clearinghouse for studies about how to produce, explore and make money from the vast new supplies of shale gas unlocked in the U.S. shale boom.  More »

Spectra Energy announces $3 billion New England project

Spectra Energy Corp. announced a $3 billion expansion to its New England pipeline network, which it said will help meet growing demand for natural gas in the region.  More »

Vanguard to spend $525 million for Colorado gas and NGL assets

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC has moved further into Colorado’s Piceance Basin with a $525 million deal for producing acreage from Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp., Vanguard announced today.  More »

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

The discovery by China National Offshore Oil Corp. was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China.  More »

Kurdistan says tanker dispute has no place in U.S. courts

The Kurdistan Regional Government fired back in an ongoing battle over a tanker of crude trapped in legal limbo off Galveston’s coast on Monday, asking a judge to dismiss Iraq’s requests to seize the contested cargo.  More »

Feds clear the way for $500 million Corpus Christi condensate splitter

The project will include a 100,000-barrel-per-day condensate splitter and a bulk petroleum terminal that can handle 500,000 barrels per day of the ultra light oil for export.  More »

Chevron draining natural gas after worker death

Authorities said that a Chevron Corp. subsidiary was still releasing natural gas Sunday from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where a Saturday incident killed a maintenance worker.  More »

Oklahoma oil hub getting bigger with new pipelines

New pipeline projects are expanding the size of an Oklahoma crude oil hub that is already one of the most important oil storage facilities in the world.  More »

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-productive To Industry’s Safety Goals

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined in the chorus today with a new twitter feed bashing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chamber says its members, who comprise 3 million businesses across the U.S., can “count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington.”  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a premiere organization […]  More »

U.S. expands Russian sanctions

The U.S. expanded sanctions against Russia to include the country’s largest bank, OAO Sberbank, energy companies as well as five state-owned defense and technology companies.  More »

Worldwide Push to Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy: Key Near-Term Strategy to Reduce Global CO2 Emissions

This post was written by Lew Fulton, co-Director of the Next STEPS program at University California, Davis. A shift to low-carbon fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and biofuels will be necessary to decarbonize transportation over the next several decades. However there is another important near-term strategy that can also produce enormous benefits: improving conventional vehicle […]  More »

Oil industry accuses administration of political motive in ethanol rules

The administration has yet to finalize the long-delayed 2014 biofuels proposals, but the American Petroleum Institute said Thursday the government may raise the ethanol requirements beyond previous predictions to help a Democrat locked in a closely matched U.S. Senate race in Iowa.  More »

America’s New Energy Paradigm

Since the first Arab oil embargo, US energy policy has been driven by the search for “independence”, concerns about energy security, a commitment to alternatives to move the economy off oil.  Policy initiatives have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars in pursuing these objectives because they were not based on energy realities. Over the past […]  More »

Cameron LNG export terminal can break ground

The Energy Department on Wednesday handed critical final government licenses to the Cameron LNG project in southwestern Louisiana and a much smaller Florida facility, giving both approval to widely export natural gas around the globe. The two projects now are part of an elite club, joining only one other would-be LNG exporter in the continental United States to be fully authorized.  More »
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