Calpine to sell Florida facility to Duke Energy

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Calpine Corp. has agreed to sell a Florida power plant to Duke Energy, but the companies have not yet finalized the terms of the deal, a Calpine spokesman said.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. employees and  guests, including Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Tom Craddick, Mayor Jerry Morales and others help turn the dirt during a  ground breaking ceremony for Occidential's Midland office complex.
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Occidental breaks ground on Midland complex

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MIDLAND — Occidental Petroleum officials and employees gathered earlier this week with local- and state-elected officials — including Gov. Rick Perry — to break ground for the company’s Midland office. Mayor Jerry Morales began the event, welcoming participants and citing not only Occidental’s job creation but its contributions to the community — from schools to […]
Glenn Legge, a partner at Houston law firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, specializes in commercial litigation areas including energy and insurance coverage.

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

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A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.
Kurdistan needs oil revenue to mobilize its peshmerga fighters in the battle against the Islamic State. (PHOTO: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanker ruling comes at critical time for Kurdistan under siege by militants

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A federal judge’s ruling that technically clears the way for a contested tanker of crude to be offloaded in the United States comes at a critical time for Kurdistan, which urgently needs a large infusion of cash to defend itself against Islamist militants.
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Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.
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Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

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Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.
(AP photo/Brennan Linsley)

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

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The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,
(Ken Childress)

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

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Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.
A new grant program coordinated through three Texas universities looks to find ways to commercialize academic research (Flickr/horiavarlan).

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

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A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.
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Domestic crude begins to cut into Saudi U.S. sales volumes

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Until recently, Saudi Arabia’s volume of oil sales to the United States grew even as overall imports fell.