Total CEO Christophe de Margerie (AP file photo/Christophe Ena)

Total CEO criticized Russia sanctions hours before crash

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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.
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Freeport LNG widens ship channel

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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.
TOTAL S. A. CEO Christophe de Margerie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Total CEO dies in plane crash

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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.
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Islamic State fuels terrorist operations with oil production

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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.
Oil at $80 a barrel won't cast a shadow on most drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale, above, or other unconventional oil operations, analysts say. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express News)

Oil price could bite companies whose production made it cheaper

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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.
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Government lags in measuring gush of U.S. crude

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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 For natural gas, the EIA is collecting data from an outdated survey of producers in five states that was designed before technological advancements opened up new plays across the country.
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Shell Midstream launches IPO

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Royal Dutch Shell’s midstream partnership launched its initial public offering in New York Monday, the company announced Monday.
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Tesoro Logistics buying QEP’s gas processing business

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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.
Workers clean up the 4,000 barrels of crude oil Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, that spilled in Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport, La. Sunoco Logistics, operator of the Mid-Valley Pipeline, has responded with more than 250 personnel to the site to contain and recover the oil, which entered Tete Bayou but did not reach Caddo Lake. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

Officials say oil spill has not reached Caddo Lake

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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.
David (left) and Charles Koch.

Oil industry execs among donors to Koch brothers super PAC

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The Koch brothers have long kept the donors to their political causes secret, but rules governing a new super PAC they formed require that the backers be made public.