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Occidental breaks ground on Midland complex

MIDLAND — Occidental Petroleum officials and employees gathered earlier this week with local- and state-elected officials — including Gov. Rick Perry — to break ground for the company’s Midland office. Mayor Jerry Morales began the event, welcoming participants and citing not only Occidental’s job creation but its contributions to the community — from schools to […]  More »

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.  More »

Tanker ruling comes at critical time for Kurdistan under siege by militants

A federal judge’s ruling that technically clears the way for a contested tanker of crude to be offloaded in the United States comes at a critical time for Kurdistan, which urgently needs a large infusion of cash to defend itself against Islamist militants.  More »

Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »

Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,  More »

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.  More »

Domestic crude begins to cut into Saudi U.S. sales volumes

Until recently, Saudi Arabia’s volume of oil sales to the United States grew even as overall imports fell.  More »

Q&A: Houston repository helps industry study pipe failures

The industry-supported Pipeline Research Council International is collecting failed pipes in a Houston repository so companies can test how well their monitoring devices detect real-world defects.  More »

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »

Oil companies seek to keep drilling sounds at bay (video)

These days, the hay bales stacked in northeast Colorado are more likely meant to muffle the sounds of oil and gas development — not feed the region’s cattle, sheep and other livestock.  More »

New Texas rules on oil wastewater wells in the works

The proposed rules would require companies seeking a wastewater well permit to submit more information about the seismic history of their site and the underground pressure the water will cause.  More »

Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.  More »

Energy reforms to increase Mexico’s long-term production by 75 percent, EIA says

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has raised its production estimate for Mexico by 75 percent on the strength of industry reform signed into law this August.  More »
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