LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel poses for a portrait at the LyondellBasell Channelview Chemical Company plant Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Channelview. 
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LyondellBasell looking at Texas sites for new chemical plant

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Speaking at the company’s sprawling Channelview complex where LyondellBasell will start up 250 million pounds of new ethylene capacity near the end of September, Patel said an announcement likely will come later this year on adding more production of polyethylene, which is the most common type of plastic.
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Report: Massachusetts riddled with natural gas leaks

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Some leaks are decades old.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Low natural gas prices this summer set to linger into winter

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The result of increased production has been a stalemate between demand and supply in 2015 — natural gas prices today are about 5 percent lower than they were on Jan. 1.
Attendees gather on the floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center on Aug. 19, 2015, for the summer North American Prospect Expo, or NAPE. (Stephen Elliot of MudProductions.com, via NAPE)

At NAPE, some see natural gas drillers as next buyers of battered oil fields

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At the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday, wildcatters gathered to negotiate deals for oil and gas properties in Texas and elsewhere during the industry’s largest oil lease swap-meet, the summer NAPE.
(Eric Kayne/Houston Chronicle)

LyondellBasell sells its Argentina business

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The Petroken Petroquimica Ensenada business that LyondellBasell is unloading is one of the largest polypropylene producers in Argentina with a 180-kiloton plant in the country.
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Fortress Environmental expands in the Eagle Ford while oil prices are low

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Fortress just opened its first “one-stop shop,” $12 million facility for saltwater disposal from hydraulic fracturing off of Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio.
A  2010 file photo shows a sign at a BP  station in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

FERC judge rules against BP in gas manipulation case

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The judge’s decision will be taken up for consideration by FERC’s five-member commission, which will issue a final ruling on the case.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Major MLP launches new Utica shale project with Marathon and McClendon backing

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Denver-based MarkWest Energy Partners, which is being bought my Marathon’s MPLX master-limited partnership for $14.7 billion, is leading the project through a long-term contract with the newly formed Ascent Resources — a new standalone company that was part of Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners.
Noble Energy hunts for oil offshore Israel in the Tamar field. The Houston-based oil company has stalled its Israel investments after a dispute with the country's anti-trust regulators. (Noble Energy)

Noble reaches deal with Israel over natural gas development

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The deal sets a price ceiling for future sales to Israeli companies and commits the gas firms to complete the development of the country’s largest gas field, known as Leviathan, by 2020.
Operator Tim Mouton inspects polymer pellets for quality at the LyondellBasell Bayport Polymers Plant, Monday, October 11, 2010 in Pasadena, TX. (Eric Smith/Houston Chronicle)

Extended low oil prices could slow U.S. petrochemical renaissance

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The bountiful ethane that comes from natural gas liquids and U.S. shale production would become more scarce, according to the IHS report. Ethane is used to make ethylene, which which is the main building block for plastics.