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Low gasoline prices the perfect backdrop to educate public about the oil & gas industry

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The public’s perception of the oil and gas industry is inversely proportional to the price of each commodity.
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Study links Ohio earthquakes to Houston company’s wells

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Earthquakes that shook an Ohio town last year are linked to hydraulic fracturing, according to a new study published by a scientific journal today.

Mark Twain and the Vatican

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Mark Twain once observed that he was not troubled by all the things that people didn’t know; just troubled by all the things they know that just aren’t so.  So it is with Pope Francis. Pope Francis has been a welcomed breadth of fresh air to all independent of their religious affiliation.  He practices what […]
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A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Texas, U.S. rig count declines

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The number of rigs operating in North America declined by 29 last week to 1,811, marking the fourth consecutive weekly decrease for the count, published by oilfield service company Baker Hughes.
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New Year’s Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

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When asked about the Republican agenda for 2015, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is promising a “full-throated” debate on national energy policy. That worries me because ultimately, our energy situation is already moving in the right direction. U.S. oil imports have tumbled to their lowest levels in 16 years, with oil from the […]
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Exxon Mobil seeks to bar pipeline files

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Exxon Mobil says it shouldn’t have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas.
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Cheniere LNG project marks milestone as Feds give OK

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The facility, which would be able to process as much as 15 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually, is the first proposed greenfield export project — one that wouldn’t be built on the footprint of existing LNG infrastructure — to make it this far.
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Saudi King Abdullah admitted to hospital for checks

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Abdullah was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, the state-run Saudi Press Agency cited a Royal Court statement as saying today, without giving details.
LNG storage tanks are seen at Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG facility.  (J. Patric Schneider)

Cheniere gets FERC approval for Corpus Christi project

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it will allow Cheniere to build an LNG plant and pipeline in Corpus Christi, according to a filing Tuesday.
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New Texas oil regulator steps down from oil firm

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The regulator, Ryan Sitton, will be sworn in next week to join the three-member board of the Texas Railroad Commission. Though he did not specify a date, he said he will resign as chief executive of the company, Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services, placing his ownership stake in a blind trust.