Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Ending oil export ban drawing more talk on Capitol Hill

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The head of a Republican energy task force predicts the U.S. House of Representatives will advance legislation next year to relax a decades-old ban on exporting most U.S. crude.
King Willem-Alexander, center, of the Netherlands greets DSM CEO and Chairman Feike Sijbesma, left, and POET Executive Chairman Jeff Broin during the opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

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Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.
The electrical panel failure at Valero's Texas City refinery that caused the release of a plume of toxic gas Sunday was unrelated to electrical grid problems that plagued the plant years ago. (Sharon Steinmann/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Valero’s refinery release unrelated to prior Texas City power outages

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Texas City emergency officials asked some residents to shelter in place for several hours early Sunday when an electrical malfunction caused Valero’s refinery it to emit toxic fumes.

Valero restarts ethanol plant

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Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11.
Enterprise Products Partners, which operates this complex in Mont Belvieu, also plans a propylene plant on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Growing global propylene demand leads to new projects

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Increasing demand has chemical plants building units for producing the chemical building block propylene.
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A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

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An explosion and fire occurred late Wednesday at BP’s biggest U.S. refinery in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries.
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

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The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.
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Commentary: Hitting the gas…and the brakes

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There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand.
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Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

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The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.
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Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

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ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.