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Occidental profit rises as cost-cutting continues

Occidental Petroleum Corp., the global oil producer that is pursuing a breakup to boost returns, said second-quarter profit rose as it continues to try to reduce costs.  More »

Boston protesters rally against Kinder Morgan gas pipeline

The protest, attended by hundreds of supporters, was the culmination of a month-long “rolling rally” that marched through towns likely impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed 250-mile long pipeline expansion in Berkshire, Worcester and Franklin counties.  More »

Energy companies keep taking on debt to finance new projects

As oil prices and cash flows remain flat, energy companies are turning to lines of credit and selling off assets to keep up the pace of investment, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

Pemex to buy U.S. natural gas via a Swiss trading house

A subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos will form a joint venture with Geneva-based Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. to handle the gas and will aim to be one of the five largest participants in the North American natural gas market.  More »

Exxon Mobil restarts Pegasus pipeline in Texas

Exxon Mobil has restarted a section of its Pegasus pipeline in Texas more than a year after a crude oil spill in central Arkansas forced the company to shut down the entire line, a spokesman said.  More »

ConocoPhillips closes $1.5 billion sale of upstream Nigerian assets

ConocoPhillips has completed the $1.5 billion sale of its Nigerian upstream business to Lagos, Nigeria-based Oando Energy Resources, the company said Wednesday.  More »

Total pledges cost cuts after record-low output hurts profit

Total is counting on new projects to increase its oil production to 2.6 million barrels a day in 2015 and to about 3 million barrels two years later.  More »

Feds extend deadline for offshore drilling comments

Oil companies, environmentalists and other stakeholders will have more time to weigh in on what coastal waters should be available for drilling beginning in 2017.  More »

Open The Spigots

Instability and conflict in the Middle East is on the rise and with it there is a greater risk that oil production could be interrupted.  In Iraq, ISIS forces have put the country on the brink of civil war.  Oil production in the North has been disrupted but that has been offset by production in […]  More »

Chesapeake boosting Wyoming holdings

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the U.S. natural gas producer that almost ran out of money last year, is spending $1.71 billion to expand access to oil-soaked shale in Wyoming and buy back preferred shares that were a drain on cash.  More »

Are you driving the right car for an oil crisis?

With further escalation in hostilities in Iraq as the militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) tries to lock down more oil and gas assets, it is hard not to worry that an oil crisis might be looming. Saudi Arabia has fortified its northern border with Iraq with more military hardware and […]  More »

Take advantage of a “Golden Age” of free instruction

Fast forward a few decades, and we are now living in a golden age of knowledge transmission. Indeed, with social media, blogs, television, podcasts and the like, it is possible to reach all corners of the globe with very little effort. The other side of that coin is that is very easy for you to BE REACHED by some of the brightest minds in business.  More »

Judge orders Kurdish crude seized if unloaded

A federal judge ordered U.S. Marshals to seize any crude offloaded from an oil tanker anchored off the Galveston coast carrying 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude.  More »

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.  More »

Iraq warns against unloading tanker of Kurdish crude anchored off Galveston

The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday cleared an oil tanker carrying Kurdish crude to offload its cargo, potentially paving the way for an import that could complicate U.S. relations with Iraq which has threatened to sue any buyers.  More »
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