Exelon Corp. will use GE gas turbines, like the one pictured above, in its Texas plants. (GE)

Exelon expanding gas-fueled power plants near Houston, Fort Worth

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The projects, which are roughly $750 million each, will triple the amount of power production at Exelon’s Colorado Bend Generating Station in Wharton, which is about 45 miles southwest of Houston. The second 1,000-megawatt expansion is for the Wolf Hollow Generating Station outside of Fort Worth.
In this Dec. 17, 2014 photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

U.S. oil output still barreling toward 45-year record

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U.S. oil production edged down in May and will likely continue swooning until early next year as plunging crude prices continue to pummel domestic producers, according to a new federal report.
Low clouds blanket Anchorage, Alaska, east of downtown, on Friday morning, December 7, 2012. An optical illusion known as Fata Morgana distorts the view of the mountains west of Cook Inlet. Alternating warm and cold layers of air bend light to create the effect. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Hilcorp acquires Exxon Mobil subsidiary’s Alaska assets

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The new deal is part of Hilcorp’s expansion in the state. The company arrived four years ago and has since become a major player in oil and gas in Cook Inlet and the North Slope.
A worker at Valero Energy's refinery in Three Rivers, Texas, Oct. 12, 2012. Refining, once regarded as a low-margin, accident-prone part of the energy industry, is doing better in part because of cheaper natural gas and domestic crude oil. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Chemical plants and refineries hoping to hire laid off oil and gas engineers

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The global oil slump is striking the upstream sector at a critical moment for downstream companies as they scramble to address a growing problem of a lack of qualified middle-management workers rising through the ranks, according to a new analysis by executive search firm Proco Global.
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Basin. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Linn Energy sells Permian assets, finalizes $1.5 billion in equity deals

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The assets include 6,400 net acres northeast of Midland for prospective horizontal drilling in the Wolfcamp area of the Permian. The deal also includes existing production from 133 wells in the area.

Demonization: The Death of Civil Discourse

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Presidential campaigns and daily coverage of candidates are a stark reminder that politics has become a blood sport where demonization is the coin of the realm. Candidates and their campaigns spend too little time discussing their views on issues and programs and too much time following the principle of “go negative early”. Civil discourse is […]
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(Photo by Eddie Seal for Bloomberg News)

U.S. oil rig count jumps up by a dozen, the first increase in 2015

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The amount of U.S. rigs drilling for oil increased for the first time this year after 29 consecutive weeks of declines.
(AP Photo/ Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraq’s oil exports climb to record with output at all-time high

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Iraq joined Saudi Arabia in pumping more oil as OPEC members defend market share against higher-cost producers. Brent crude has climbed 10 percent this year, spurring speculation that higher prices will lead to even more output and prolong a surplus.
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Making it Work

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The Pew Research Center has conducted polls over the past several years on the public’s confidence in government. The results are not encouraging nor surprising. In 2010, 74% rated the federal bureaucracy as only fair or poor. Last year, 75% said they trust the federal government to do what is right only some of the […]
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There’s oil under county roads, and the counties get to keep it (finally)

There’s oil under county roads, and the counties get to keep it (finally)

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Oil- and gas-producing counties will get to keep a narrow slice of the mineral wealth that’s generated under their property, under a bill recently signed by the governor. The bill will let the counties keep royalty payments for the minerals produced under county lands — essentially the county road system, which has been badly battered […]
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