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Fatal explosion came during maintenance work

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The fatal explosion came nearly six months after federal drilling regulators warned that the facility had failed to maintain all equipment in a safe condition so as to ensure the protection of the lease and associated facilities.
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Feds probe fatal offshore blast

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Federal investigators are on the scene of a oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three others.
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Exxon Mobil drops to No. 4 in world rankings of largest oil firms

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While Exxon Mobil fell, Russian and Chinese companies gained in the rankings.
Rich Kinder, left, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Kinder Morgan investors approve $44 billion merger

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The approval of the deal heralds the beginning new era for the North America’s largest midstream company.
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Apache to cut North American spending

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Apache will cut its North American spending from $5.4 billion to $4 billion, the company told analysts at a presentation in New York, but it said it will be able to spend that money more efficiently.
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The job may be new, but the ways to succeed aren’t

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Do your best, figure out what you want to do, and once you make the leap, don’t look back!
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Five things to know about the U.S. energy landscape

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Adam Sieminski, head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, spoke at 2014 Deloitte Energy Conference in Houston about long-term trends facing the energy sector. Here are five takeaways from his presentation.
Gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as motorists prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Gasoline prices fall ahead of Thanksgiving travel weekend

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Despite some predictions otherwise, gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as Americans prepare to hit the roads next week to see their families for Thanksgiving.
Halliburton Chairman and CEO Dave Lesar, joined by members of the Halliburton Executive Team ring the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/NYSE)

Halliburton’s Lesar on the trail to sell $35B megadeal to investors

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Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar hopped on a plane to New York on Monday, rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, and over the next two days will have no less than 16 meetings with shareholders to sell the oil-field service industry’s biggest-ever acquisition.
Oil field workers' jobs probably are less at risk than corporate functions under the proposed Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger (Donna McWilliam/AP)

Workers wonder if they’ll survive oil field merger

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Workers are anxious about their jobs after Monday’s announcement that Halliburton is buying oil field services rival Baker Hughes.