(Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Enbridge avoids U.S. review with plan to boost oil sands flow

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The State Department, responsible for approving cross-border energy projects like the Alberta Clipper and the proposed Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in a statement that Enbridge can go forward with its plan under authority granted by previously issued permits.
The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraqi, Kurdistan lawyers face off in U.S. court over stranded tanker’s oil

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An international oil dispute played out in U.S. courts on Friday, as the Kurdish Regional Government faced off against Iraq over a disputed tanker of Kurdish crude that’s been languishing off Galveston’s coast for nearly a month.
Attendees arrive at the winter NAPE Expo earlier this year. The summer show is under way this week at the George R. Brown Convention Center .   (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Expo presents lots of talk about Permian land, but not much of it

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The nation’s top oil producer is attracting more than a few glances from operators not already established in West Texas, but companies with exclusive and lucrative Permian acreage are holding on tight.
Maersk Developer platform in Gulf of Mexico

Maersk Oil to lay off a fourth of Houston staff

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Diminishing returns in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico have pushed Maersk Oil to cut a quarter of the jobs at its Houston office.
(Valero Energy photo)

Gulf Coast to benefit from refinery retrofits

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Refiners are scrambling for ways to process newly abundant light crude from U.S. shale, and much of their construction and retrofitting investment will be on the Gulf Coast.
Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy's refinery in Nixon 54 miles east of San Antonio gets all its crude from the nearby Eagle Ford Shale.

Eagle Ford wave lifts Blue Dolphin Energy refinery

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Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy is turning a p;rofit on a refinery east of San Antonio that gets all its feedstock from the Eagle Ford Shale.
Categories: Eagle Ford, General, Refining
Endicott was the first continuously producing offshore field in the Arctic and located about 3 miles offshore on Alaska’s North Slope.  (BP)

Voters go with oil companies in fight over Alaska taxes

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Alaskans narrowly defeated an effort to repeal an industry-friendly oil tax regime adopted last year.
(epSos.de/Flickr)

Crude prices rise as supply dips

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Oil prices generally rebounded Wednesday as a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicated that supplies of crude oil fell through the week ending Aug. 15.
Categories: Crude oil, General
Natural Resource Partners LP will acquire Philadelphia-based VantaCore Partners LP, which has sand, gravel and asphalt businesses across the country, for $205 million (Flickr/pikkuanna)

Houston’s NRP buys construction materials business for $205 million

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Natural Resource Partners LP, a Houston-based master limited partnership that buys and manages mineral reserves, will acquire Philadelphia-based VantaCore Partners LP for $205 million, it announced Tuesday.
A surge in natural gas motor fuels helped boost Texas sales tax revenue in the first half of 2014, the state reported. (Craig Hartley/Bloomberg)

Texas sees surge in tax revenue from natural gas motor fuels

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As more consumers embrace natural gas vehicles, Texas is seeing a surge in sales tax revenue, more than double what the state was expecting to collect by mid-year.