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EIA revises US oil production estimates lower; June output sank

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The federal government believes daily U.S. crude production fell to 9.3 million barrels in June, down by 100,000 barrels in the prior month, as low oil prices continue to discourage drilling.
In this July 13, 2015 photo, protesters gather outside the U.S. Oil Sands commercial tar sands operation, in the Book Cliffs, in eastern Utah. On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

1st U.S. tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah

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The impending opening of the nation’s first tar sands mine has become another front in the battle across the West between preservationists and the energy industry.
Lee Tillman, of Marathon Oil Company, delivers remarks in  the Unconventional Impact Pane during the Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park on May 5, 2014, in Houston, Tx. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Despite spending cuts and cost savings, Marathon Oil posts $386 million loss

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A collapse in crude prices trumped other efforts by the Houston-based exploration and production company to balance its budget, including boosting its production and paring back its budget.
An oil & gas drilling rig is drilling a well for Pioneer Natural Resources in the Eagle Ford Shale formation near Yorktown. (Eddie Seal/Texas Tribune)

Pioneer to bring drilling back to pre-downturn levels

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Pioneer Natural Resources said late Tuesday it lost $218 million in the second quarter but still expects its crude production to increase 10 percent this year.
Poly-lines carry gas from an oil production well pumping unit at the Newfield Exploration Company's Monument Butte field in northern Utah. (Steve Campbell/Chronicle Staff)

Newfield appoints two veteran industry executives to its board

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The appointments come as Newfield seeks to grow its domestic resource plays, the company said.
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Anadarko Petroleum posts 73 percent decline in net income

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. posted a 73 percent decline in second-quarter net income Tuesday as it got lower prices for the extra oil and gas it was pumping from wells in Colorado and Texas.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

How much oil does Texas really produce? The EIA now says it has a better way to count

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The goal is to arrive at data that can better track how Texas’ production is responding to the volatile price swings on the crude oil markets, said Gary Long, a petroleum engineer at the EIA who works on production data.
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BHP Billiton makes $2.8 billion writedown in Texas shale

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BHP’s announcement comes at a time when U.S. shale is suffering because of low prices for natural gas and oil, the latter of which is hovering near $52 a barrel.
Roughnecks take a break from working the Peterson Drilling Company rig in Carlsbad, New Mexico, February 26, 2000.  (Photo by Joe Raedle)

Judge could halt oil drilling permits in Mancos Shale

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Two oil companies have drilled 150 wells since 2011 into the hard shale covering oil in the Mancos, an area made accessible through new techniques like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil sinks as shale resilient, Iran deal deadline nears

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U.S. crude fell sharply Monday amid signs that booming American shale plays aren’t yielding much output to the oil slump and as Iran comes closer to clinching a deal that could put its oil back into international markets.