Keira Phair, of Westchester, Ohio, holds a rainbow flag during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Cincinnati. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Oil and gas companies score low on LGBT workplace equality

Only two oil and gas companies — California-based Chevron Corp. and Houston-based Shell Oil Co. — scored perfect scores out of a record-breaking 407 businesses that received top “100” scores. A few power, utility and chemical companies also received perfect scores. Many energy companies scored low or outright refused to participate.
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Marathon ups “final offer” for MarkWest, bringing deal to $1.28 billion

The move Tuesday comes just a week after Marathon offered a separate $400 million cash sweetener to the deal that has faced some investor resistance and tumbling stock values for both Marathon’s acquiring entity, the MPLX pipeline spinoff, and MarkWest. Former MarkWest CEO John Fox has rallied opposition against the deal.
FILE - In this March 29, 2013, file photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation outside Rifle, in western Colorado.

Colorado regulators discuss rules meant to ease oil, gas conflicts

AP) — A hearing on proposed rules for oil and gas drilling in Colorado got off to a contentious start Monday, with critics saying the guidelines were too narrow to do any good or that they didn’t protect property rights.
Pipelines run toward oil storage tanks stand at the Enbridge Inc. Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Enbridge to cut 5 percent of workforce amid slump

Energy infrastructure giant Enbridge said late Monday it will lay off 500 workers and eliminate another 100 unfilled positions as the company looks to cut costs amid the oil slump.
A dog is silhouetted as wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. stand at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Planned Texas wind farm to power Owens Corning, Equinix

Chicago-based Invenergy will build a new 300-megawatt Texas wind farm near Lubbock to power Owens Corning insulation and fiberglass giant and Equinix data center company.
FILE - In this March 29, 2013, file photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation outside Rifle, in western Colorado.

New Colorado oil, gas rules could affect very few sites

The rules were designed to address conflicts that arise when Colorado’s growing cities and oilfields expand into each other. Residents complain of around-the-clock noise and lights from nearby drilling rigs, and they worry about spills and air pollution.

Is SandRidge Energy close to crumbling?

Regulators’ efforts to reduce earthquake risk in the most seismically active area of the state could put the company at risk, because its operations are so narrowly focused in one area.
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U.S. oil rig count ticks up after 10 weeks of declines

Oil field operators have pulled back about 65 percent of the rigs that were operating at the peak of the U.S. oil boom in October 2014.
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Natural gas inventories approach bearish milestone

The 49 billion cubic foot injection into storage reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration brought total inventories to 3.98 billion cubic feet.
Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn walks through oiled marsh grass in Bay Jimmy near the Louisiana coast on Oct. 14, 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Louisiana parish drops suits against oil and gas companies

The Plaquemines Parish council voted to dismiss 21 suits it had pending against 68 oil companies, officials and a lawyer said.