A section of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company 800 mile Trans Alaska Pipeline crosses a mountain ridge near Delta Junction, Alaska, Wednesday, August 17, 2005.  (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Williams Cos. pipeline merger to create $33 billion partnership

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Williams follows Kinder Morgan Inc., the largest pipeline operator, in consolidating a master-limited partnership to make more cash available to pay investors and expand operations.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh.  (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

Saudi king declines to attend Obama’s Persian Gulf summit

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir issued a statement Sunday saying the king won’t visit “due to the timing of the summit, the scheduled humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen and the opening of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid.”
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New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nuclear plant fire results in Hudson River oil spill

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Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3.
In this photo take Friday, April 17, 2015, a group of kayakers rafted together work to pull up a protest sign as they practice for an upcoming demonstration against Arctic oil drilling, in Elliott Bay in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit

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Foss Maritime plans to appeal Seattle’s position that Royal Dutch Shell can’t use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 under the existing permit.
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, the Polar Pioneer drilling unit  arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a heavy-lift transport ship. Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Judge orders Greenpeace to stay away from drill ships

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U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Friday also prohibited Greenpeace from flying unmanned vehicles over the offshore Arctic area where Shell plans to drill.
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Commentary: Automatic bill payment programs cost money, increase consumption, study finds

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Extrapolating from the data, the Duke University professor calculated that automatic bill payment programs induced nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of incremental consumption in the United States in 2010. That incremental consumption resulted in an aggregate cost of $1.8 billion.
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More oilfield jobs lost despite modest rebound in crude prices

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The United States lost 3,300 oil and gas extraction jobs in April. The economy also jettisoned 10,200 jobs that support mining — a sign that even though oil prices are on the rebound, the pain for the sector’s workers may linger.
A worker climbs an EOG Resources oil rig in South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale. The Houston company predicts double-digit production growth   if oil prices stabilize at $65 a barrel.  (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Oil hits $60 as rally from winter depths continues

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U.S. benchmark crude rose $1.47 to $60.40 a barrel in New York Mercantile Exchange trading Tuesday.
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Vicki Hollub on Tuesday was named as Occidental Petroleum CEO Stephen Chazen's replacement after he steps down later this year. (Occidental)

Houston-based Occidental names Vicki Hollub to top job

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Occidental Petroleum executive Vicki Hollub will succeed CEO Stephen Chazen when he retires no later than next year.
Spotlight on New Technology awards at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

OTC panel: Women need to ask for better jobs in a male-dominated industry

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Men do not have much difficulty asking for a better job even if they only have 20 percent of the qualifications, said Christina Sistrunk, vice president of Arctic capability for Shell.