A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

California officials deny Exxon’s request to truck crude stranded after Plains pipeline breach

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Exxon Mobil estimates it will fill onsite storage at a stranded processing plant in less than one month and need to cease both natural gas and crude production in the area.
An Exterran Partners midstream compressor. (Exterran)

Exterran poaches Houston boss from GE Oil & Gas to head spinoff

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Way, the CEO of drilling and surface production for GE in Houston, will become the president and CEO of the unnamed spinoff that is supposed to launch in the third quarter of the year.
Linde unveiled a $200 million expansion to its La Porte plant on Tuesday, including a new air separation unit that produces oxygen, nitrogen and oxygen. The project marks the biggest U.S. investment for the German gases and engineering company since the 1990s.

Linde unveils $200 million investment in La Porte plant

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Years after the fate of Linde Group’s La Porte plant seemed questionable amid skyrocketing natural gas prices, the German gases and engineering company Tuesday unveiled a $200 million expansion and said revealed plans for more projects at the same site.
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Energy Transfer signs small Pennsylvania driller on to $1.5 billion Marcellus project

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The previously announced Revolution project includes a 100-mile pipeline running through Pennsylvania.
Liquefied natural gas export terminals including Cheniere Energy's $18 billion Sabine Pass facility nearing completion  in Cameron Parish, Louisiana,  should boost demand for U.S. natural gas. (Cheniere Energy photo)(Cheniere Energy)

Warm weather deepens chill on natural gas markets

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The possibility that natural gas inventories are heading for record highs have sent benchmark prices down year-over-year from $4.50 to $2.71 per million Btu.
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Drilling tax hike proposed by Ohio gov. on rocks

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A drilling tax increase proposed by Republican Gov. John Kasich isn’t likely to re-emerge in the Ohio Senate budget revisions due Monday.
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Calif. oil regulator resigns

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A top California oil and gas regulator has resigned amid questions about oilfield contamination of the state’s water supplies, officials confirmed Friday.
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PennTex Midstream IPO the latest for MLP investors

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The deal is the latest feather in the cap for Natural Gas Partners, a private equity group that has invested roughly $16.5 billion since it was founded in 1988.
Senior project engineer Andy Aronson, left, and operations engineer Joel Vincent examine equipment at the Siluria Technologies plant in La Porte, where the company is testing processes it says could reduce the costs of making chemical building blocks and motor fuels from natural gas
Siluria Technologies at Braskem chemical plant on Friday March 27, 2015 in La Porte, Texas. 

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Brazil’s biggest petrochem company considering Gulf Coast for massive natural gas project

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The factory would produce at least 1 billion pounds (450,000 metric tons) of resin a year and would be the U.S. polypropylene industry’s first world-scale project in about 12 years, said Mark Nikolich, a vice president at Braskem.
Trimac Transportation driver Robert Williams used the liquified natural gas lane to fill his truck at the Flying J truck stop on I-10 East in Baytown Thursday Aug. 23, 2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Natural gas could dent demand for oil as transportation fuel

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HOUSTON — The surge in liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel for truck fleets and ships could displace oil demand by more than 1.5 million barrels a day by 2030, according to a new study by IHS Energy. While 1.5 million barrels of oil may not seem like a large chunk of the 93.6 […]