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Angry Michigan residents blocking Energy Transfer pipeline work

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ET Rover Pipeline LLC might need to seek a court order to survey land since many residents of Genesee County are refusing to allow crews on their property.
Huntsman posted higher third-quarter earnings despite an unplanned outage at its Port Neches plant. ( Brett Coomer / Chronicle )

Huntsman completes $1 billion pigments purchase

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The acquisition of assets from New Jersey-based Rockwood Holdings makes Huntsman the second-largest maker in the world of titanium dioxide and inorganic color pigments, used in paint, coatings and other products.
Jim Ratcliffe, left, the founder of Ineos (ED Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. petrochemical renaissance sows worry in Europe

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European chemical companies face greater pressure to rethink they way they do business in if they want to compete against U.S. petrochemical plants, which have been buoyed by the shale boom.
(AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Oil industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

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Leading oil industry trade groups on Tuesday told federal regulators that proposed regulations to boost the safety of transporting crude by trains need to be phased in more slowly and should not mandate tank cars with extra-thick shells.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land

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At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Autumn brings fall in gasoline prices

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Gasoline prices are about a dime lower as September ends than at the beginning of the month.
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

New pipelines to end Midland crude discount in coming months, analyst says

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The BridgeTex pipeline began its first shipments of oil from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast, in what could be an important step toward bringing oil prices in the Midland region back toward parity with the U.S. benchmark set in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Nancy and Rich Kinder at "Modern" the  Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Grand Gala Ball  Friday Oct. 12,2012.(Dave Rossman photo)

Kinder, Duncan family move up on Forbes list of richest energy tycoons

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Thanks to Texas’ energy boom, several Houston residents rose on Forbes’ annual list of the richest people in the United States.
Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy, is a vocal advocate of hydraulic fracturing.( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

CEO says oil industry cedes its message to opponents

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Chris Faulkner of Breitling Energy says the oil and gas industry does a poor job of getting its message to the public, and he’s trying to change that.
Eagle Ford Shale production surges, despite dramatic well declines in the first year, the EIA reported.

Eagle Ford continues to gush despite rapid well declines

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Although Eagle Ford wells tend to drop in production by 60 to 70 percent in the first year, the shale has seen significant surges in crude oil production, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report released Monday.