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Workers at three local refineries on strike

Workers at three area refineries and two other local facilities went on strike early Sunday after the Steelworkers union failed to reach a contract deal with industry negotiators.  More »

Union not happy with latest company offer in refinery negotiations

At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, contracts covering 30,000 workers at refineries, pipelines, oil terminals and petrochemical plants nationwide —including about 5,000 in Houston — are set to expire.  More »

Economist: Texas could lose hundreds more rigs

A prominent oil economist says Texas could lose 50,000 upstream jobs as a result of low oil prices.  More »

Oil rig count falls by 94 in biggest drop since 1987

Petroleum producers released 94 oil rigs this week as sub-$50 oil continued to wreak havoc on the oil industry, Baker Hughes reported Friday.  More »

ConocoPhillips tells employees to expect layoffs

The Houston-based company did not detail how many workers would be let go or when the layoffs could take place.  More »

LNG exports gain momentum on Capitol Hill

The moves come right as low oil prices weaken the economic case for U.S. liquefied natural gas.  More »

Enterprise Products profit slips slightly

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. said fourth-quarter net income fell slightly in 2014 compared to the same period last year.  More »

ConocoPhillips cuts spending again, reports earnings loss

The company will defer drilling and exploration plans in the U.S. and major project spending in general. It still expects to grow production by 2-3 percent, excluding Libya.  More »

House votes to speed up LNG exports

The House-passed bill would give the Energy Department a 30-day deadline to decide whether to grant licenses to broadly export liquefied natural gas, even as the Senate rejected a more aggressive proposal.  More »

Three oil majors team up on Gulf megaproject

The collaboration reflects the steep technological and financial hurdles to commercially producing oil from 23-million-year-old Paleogene rock more than five miles below the surface of the sea.  More »

Vessel weighs anchor as oil dispute hangs in scales of justice

An oil tanker that’s sat off the coast of Galveston since July amid an international legal dispute is finally leaving.  More »

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

President Barack Obama is boosting protection of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain.  More »

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States  More »

The Steady Erosion of Truth

According to an August 2014 CNN poll, “public’s trust in government is at an all-time low.  …”The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government,”  This poll is not an […]  More »

Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing

The gas drilling coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized it as a potential threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »
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