A group of land owners and conservationist walk on a gasline right of way during a field day to see native plant restoration at Dobie Ranch in Live Oak County, where gas and oil lines have been given right of way, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The "field day" several groups including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and South Texas Natives. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

New safety rules for South Texas pipeline inspectors mandate “buddy system,” quicker gun licenses

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The policy changes follow complaints by Commission Chairman David Porter that the federal government had failed to protect pipeline rights-of-way from becoming pathways for illegal immigration and cartel activity.
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Natural gas firm asked to show it’s not causing Texas quakes

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A natural gas extraction company controlled by energy giant Exxon Mobil sought to prove Wednesday that it is not to blame for a recent rash of small earthquakes in North Texas, telling a powerful state agency that it believes the earthquakes occurred naturally.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

XTO Energy asked to show it’s not causing Texas quakes

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Texas officials remain unconvinced about direct links — even as neighboring Oklahoma embraced research showing wastewater wells were likely causing quakes in that state.
In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif..(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm said California oil spill ‘extremely unlikely’

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Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.
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U.S. oil job cuts slow to a crawl in May

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U.S. employers blamed cheap oil for just 1,000 planned job cuts in May, a sharp monthly drop that suggests the oil industry may have already seen the worst of the bust.
A Linn Energy relief driller loads drill rods onto a rig in Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Basin. (AP file photo/Andrew Rush)

Barclays: Expect production to rise for a few companies taking advantage of cheap oil

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A handful of oil companies have sounded off a renewed sense of optimism as U.S. crude has hovered around $60 a barrel, with some saying they have even raised their annual production forecasts, according to Barclays.
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Water recycling costs coming down in South Texas

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Shale wells require millions of gallons of water. Hydraulic fracturing pumps water, chemicals and sand at high pressure to crack shale, allowing oil and gas to flow up a well.
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)

Dallas Fed: Texas manufacturers slumped to Great Recession-level output in May

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The Dallas Fed says factories churning out equipment and products in Texas slowed their output this month to levels unseen since the national recession in 2009.
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Willbros Group faces investor activism, proposed board shakeup

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Houston-based Willbros opposes a proposal that is gaining momentum to require each of its directors to face annual reelection — instead of the current, staggered three-year terms — amid accusations of mismanagement and cronyism.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Update: Encana well under control, residents still evacuated

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Encana Corp. on this morning said it has regained control of an oil well north of Karnes City in the Eagle Ford Shale. Encana lost control of the gas well on Tuesday afternoon and Karnes County officials evacuated homes nearby. The incident happened near the intersection of FM 792 and County Road 343 about four miles […]