Huntsman posted higher third-quarter earnings despite an unplanned outage at its Port Neches plant. ( Brett Coomer / Chronicle )

Huntsman to cut 900 jobs mostly in Europe

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The company announced the restructuring Monday, two months after it completed a $1 billion purchase of titanium dioxide and other assets from New Jersey-based Rockwood Holdings.
Improvements in oil field technology have made production more efficient.  (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Oil companies produce more for less as crude prices fall

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Because of improved drilling and completion efficiencies that lower production costs, some oil companies will produce more next year even as they cut spending amid falling crude prices.
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (Getty Images)

Q&A: Siemens boss charged up about oil field electricity

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The CEO of German engineering conglomerate Siemens spokes with FuelFix about Siemens’ recent purchase of Houston-based equipment maker Dresser-Rand, and about the U.S. business landscape.
Categories: Deals, Electricity, General

Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]
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OPEC decision creates “new world of oil”

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The oil industry and consumers are watching crude markets after OPEC decided not to cut supplies.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, General
Memers of theOrganization of the Petroleum States meet In November 2014 at OPEC headquarters in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANISAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

Crude drops as OPEC stays course

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Crude oil prices fell $5 a barrel Thursday as OPEC ministers meeting in Vienna decided not to cut production.
Kinder Morgan Inc.'s 180 terminals include this one in Pasadena. (Photo: Kinder Morgan Inc.)

It’s official: Kinder Morgan’s all one company

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Kinder Morgan Inc. has completed acquisition of three related companies.
Categories: Deals, General, Pipelines
Environmental activists gather outside the White House as they continue a civil disobedience campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TransCanada drops PR firm that recommended controversial tactics

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Edelman plan calls for the company to pressure its opponents by “distracting them from their mission and causing them to redirect their resources,”

Run up to OPEC meeting (amid Russian paranoia): Is Canadian heavy oil a Key Saudi Target?

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This post was written by Jareer Elass, a Washington-based consultant and previous Mideast editor for Energy Intelligence Group. U.S. oil imports have tumbled to their lowest levels in 16 years this month, with oil from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) losing significant market share. Nigeria’s crude oil exports to the U.S. have been […]
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An oil well in North Dakota.  AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIERKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Oil price slump to force spending cuts, Moody’s says

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Independent exploration and production companies are less willing to spend as oil prices hover around $75 per barrel, particularly in risky shale plays or regions outside of the the core, sweet spot acreage, according to the analysis released Tuesday by the ratings agency.