In this photo take Friday, April 17, 2015, a group of kayakers rafted together work to pull up a protest sign as they practice for an upcoming demonstration against Arctic oil drilling, in Elliott Bay in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit

Foss Maritime plans to appeal Seattle’s position that Royal Dutch Shell can’t use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 under the existing permit.
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, the Polar Pioneer drilling unit  arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a heavy-lift transport ship. Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. (Daniella Beccaria/ via AP)

Judge orders Greenpeace to stay away from drill ships

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Friday also prohibited Greenpeace from flying unmanned vehicles over the offshore Arctic area where Shell plans to drill.

Commentary: Automatic bill payment programs cost money, increase consumption, study finds

Extrapolating from the data, the Duke University professor calculated that automatic bill payment programs induced nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of incremental consumption in the United States in 2010. That incremental consumption resulted in an aggregate cost of $1.8 billion.
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More oilfield jobs lost despite modest rebound in crude prices

The United States lost 3,300 oil and gas extraction jobs in April. The economy also jettisoned 10,200 jobs that support mining — a sign that even though oil prices are on the rebound, the pain for the sector’s workers may linger.
A worker climbs an EOG Resources oil rig in South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale. The Houston company predicts double-digit production growth   if oil prices stabilize at $65 a barrel.  (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Oil hits $60 as rally from winter depths continues

U.S. benchmark crude rose $1.47 to $60.40 a barrel in New York Mercantile Exchange trading Tuesday.
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Vicki Hollub on Tuesday was named as Occidental Petroleum CEO Stephen Chazen's replacement after he steps down later this year. (Occidental)

Houston-based Occidental names Vicki Hollub to top job

Occidental Petroleum executive Vicki Hollub will succeed CEO Stephen Chazen when he retires no later than next year.
Spotlight on New Technology awards at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

OTC panel: Women need to ask for better jobs in a male-dominated industry

Men do not have much difficulty asking for a better job even if they only have 20 percent of the qualifications, said Christina Sistrunk, vice president of Arctic capability for Shell.
(Photographer: Jamie Schwaberow/Bloomberg)

Anadarko writes down $3.7 Billion in value from Utah field

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. reported its biggest quarterly loss in more than a decade after writing down the value of a single field in Utah by $3.7 billion.
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Rebuilding the Nation’s Aging Energy Network

Once the envy of the modern world, the nation’s infrastructure system now works overtime just to keep up with the growing needs of the energy grid. While many understand the need for continued investment in roads and bridges, the same cannot be easily said of the nation’s aging energy infrastructure. This network of pipelines, highways, […]

The Devastation of Energy Poverty

The McKinsey Company has recently issued a report, Powering Africa.  The first sentence makes a statement that is obvious—“There is a direct correlation between economic growth and electricity supply”.  It goes on to state that “if sub-Saharan Africa is to fulfill its promise, it needs power—and lots of it”.  The sub-Saharan region is starved for […]
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