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Government Overhaul: Long Overdue

The October 22 edition of the New York Times ran an article, Nation’s Confidence Ebbs at a Steady Drip, that focused on the public’s loss of confidence in the Federal Government, the President, and Congress. The article pointed out that the President began his presidency committed to restoring public confidence that had been severely damaged […]  More »

Occidental profits fall 24 percent amid deflating crude prices

Occidental Petroluem said domestic oil production costs rose in the third quarter.  More »

To solve worker shortage, Dow offers apprenticeships

Dow Chemical expects to hire 60 apprentices, who will receive two to four years of training and on-the-job experience to prepare them for work as chemical process operators, instrumentation and equipment technicians and analyzer technicians.  More »

US tribes testify against Canada pipeline

Kinder Morgan Canada has proposed a $5.4 billion expansion of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which links oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the Vancouver, British Columbia-area.  More »

Shell makes deepwater gas discovery in Gabon

Royal Dutch Shell today announced a discover off the coast of Gabon but says it will need to conduct further analysis to determine just go much gas is present.  More »

High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells

Two residents who had monitors on their property complained about noise and unpleasant odors wafting onto their property during drilling.  More »

Total CEO criticized Russia sanctions hours before crash

Christophe de Margerie’s last act as chief executive officer of Total SA (FP) left no room for doubt about his feelings toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  More »

Freeport LNG widens ship channel

The Port Freeport ship channel will be widened from 400 feet to 600 feet as part of a plan proposed eight years ago when the Freeport facility was envisioned as an import terminal capable of regasifying LNG offloaded from tankers.  More »

Total CEO dies in plane crash

Christophe de Margerie and three others died in Moscow when the CEO’s private jet collided with a snowplow who’s driver was drunk, Russian investigators said.  More »

Islamic State fuels terrorist operations with oil production

Oil production has provided the extremist Sunni group with a significant source of revenue, even though the Islamic State produces only a fraction of the oil capacity from the territory it controls and likely sells its oil at a deeply discounted price on the black market.  More »

Oil price could bite companies whose production made it cheaper

The companies that helped turn around the domestic oil supply situation now face lower profits because crude’s become so plentiful it’s getting cheaper.  More »

Government lags in measuring gush of U.S. crude

The federal Energy Information Administration relies on state agencies for data about oil production, sometimes two years late. For natural gas, the EIA is collecting data from an outdated survey of producers in five states that was designed before technological advancements opened up new plays across the country.  More »

Shell Midstream launches IPO

Royal Dutch Shell’s midstream partnership launched its initial public offering in New York Monday, the company announced Monday.  More »

Tesoro Logistics buying QEP’s gas processing business

Tesoro Logistics LP agreed to buy QEP Resources natural-gas gathering and processing business for $2.5 billion in cash to expand in the Rocky Mountain region and North Dakota.  More »

Officials say oil spill has not reached Caddo Lake

Officials said Saturday that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and provides drinking water for some water systems.  More »
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