Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Manufacturers say EPA proposals would halt expansions

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Proposed federal rules governing the release of dangerous pollutants threaten the future of the manufacturing sector, the industry’s top Washington lobbyist said at a speech in Houston Monday.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei (Bloomberg News/ILNA/document IRAN)

Iran’s Khamenei threatens to halt oil sales if sanctions persist

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Iran’s economy has languished under sanctions imposed over concerns that its nuclear program could lead to the development of atomic weapons.
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

West Virginia train derailment puts focus on rail safety

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The fiery derailment near Mount Carbon, W.V., shines a spotlight on steps that could make it safer to transport crude by rail, including automated braking systems and better track maintenance.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Joe Barton: Momentum building for oil exports

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Low gasoline prices provide a political opening for lifting the oil export ban, says Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.
TransCanada CEO Russ Girling talks about the future and present of the company's pipeline before an event at Ford Park in Beaumont on Wednesday.  (Guiseppe Barranco/@spotnewsshooter)

TransCanada plans another cross-border pipeline

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But unlike the Keystone XL project that has been ensnared in controversy, the proposed Upland pipeline would transport oil away from the United States — as much as 70,000 barrels a day of North Dakota crude that now moves by rail to refineries in East Canada.
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (Getty Images)

Siemens bid for Dresser-Rand faces in-depth EU investigation

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The proposed deal may reduce competition for equipment used by companies active throughout the oil and gas distribution chain, including exploration, storage and refining, the European Commission said in an e-mailed statement today.
Waves from the Chukchi Sea lap the coast of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds release new Arctic drilling analysis

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The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co. will resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
Williams Cos. Chairman and CEO Alan Armstrong (NAPE)

Williams CEO: Politics, not prices, slowing natural gas pipeline development

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Alan Armstrong said the decline in prices hasn’t changed the need for pipelines
President Barack Obama arrives at TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., in 2012. The southern leg of Keystone XL did not require State Department approval. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

House sends Keystone XL bill to Obama

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Keystone’s backers on Capitol Hill do not have enough House and Senate votes to override President Barack Obama’s threatened veto.
Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, speaks at a Houston Chronicle editorial board meeting June 18, 2013.

U.S. should lift export ban despite possible impact on crude prices, API chief says

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It’s not clear whether proposed changes to 40-year-old oil export ban will make much progress this year, whether by the Obama Administration or the Republican-controlled Congress.