A satellite image of the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria, which is jointly operated by BP, Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

Algeria attack no outlier as oil targeted three times a week

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While the attack in Algeria that killed at least 38 hostages was the deadliest raid on the oil industry in five years, it’s far from unprecedented.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

NC fracking study group tackles disclosure rules

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Interest groups hashing out North Carolina’s fracking regulations started work Tuesday by tackling rules on what the public will be told about chemical additives pumped underground and how broad trade secrecy exceptions will be allowed.
Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, listens to Dan Sullivan, Alaska's natural resources commissioner, during an overview of Gov. Sean Parnell's bill to lower taxes on the oil industry to a Senate committee on oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in Juneau, Alaska. More testimony is planned next week, with the intent of getting the bill to the Senate Resources Committee by Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Senator: No conflict with oil, gas issues

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A state senator on leave from his job with energy company ConocoPhillips said Tuesday he doesn’t see a conflict of interest with his legislative duties, which include serving as co-chair of a special committee on oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Fleet vehicles, like this Waste Management truck, remain a more promising market for natural gas fuel than private cars. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Natural gas vehicles remain less prevalent in U.S. than elsewhere

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Natural gas will power a smaller percentage of vehicles in the United States than in some other countries despite the abundance of the fuel here, speakers said at a conference.
The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

BP: Four missing employees in Algeria feared dead

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Four BP employees listed as missing after the terrorist attack in Algeria now are feared dead.
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The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Huntsman joins campaign against natural gas exports

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Widening the rift over exports of U.S. natural gas, Huntsman Corp. has joined a coalition campaigning against more foreign sales of the fossil fuel. The move follows Dow Chemical’s decision to break ties with the National Association of Manufacturers over the dispute.
A worker climbs to the drilling cabin on a Nabors rig. (Nathan Lindstrom/For the Houston Chronicle)

Worker experience key for shale drilling success

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In the race to be the fastest driller in the shale, the experience of workers has mattered more than cutting-edge technology, an analyst’s report said Tuesday.
David Cox with the Linde Group talks with Craig Rautiolu about natural gas fuel at the Pilot-Flying J Travel Center on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Baytown. Rautiolu is part of a three-day natural gas conference that was touring the station. ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )

Firsthand look at natural gas as transportation fuel

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The future or the flavor of the month?
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A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Friendly business environment fuels U.S. oil boom, report says

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Research firm IHS projected that growth in unconventional oil and gas will lead to more than 3 million jobs by 2020 and generate more than $110 billion in taxes.
Chevron oil drilling platform 230 miles off Rio de Janeiro in November 2011. (Marcia Foletto/AFP/Getty Images)

Private equity hunts for Brazil’s next big oil startup

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Brazil’s plan to sell offshore oil licenses for the first time in six years is sending private- equity investors on a search for startups to compete with global producers including Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and BP Plc.