LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel left, and plant manager Todd Monette right, walk through the Olefins Plant of LyondellBasell Chemical Company during a tour Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Channelview. 
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LyondellBasell moves forward with new chemical plant in Channelview

The move shows the Gulf Coast’s petrochemical boom is continuing as companies look to take advantage of cheap natural gas that is used as feedstock for manufacturing chemicals and plastics.
Keira Phair, of Westchester, Ohio, holds a rainbow flag during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Cincinnati. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Oil and gas companies score low on LGBT workplace equality

Only two oil and gas companies — California-based Chevron Corp. and Houston-based Shell Oil Co. — scored perfect scores out of a record-breaking 407 businesses that received top “100” scores. A few power, utility and chemical companies also received perfect scores. Many energy companies scored low or outright refused to participate.
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Dallas Fed CEO says crude glut could persist until 2017

The state’s unemployment rate at 4.3 percent remains well below the 5 percent national average, even as oil and gas companies curtail spending plans and shrink their payrolls.
A worker passes by an Air Liquide logo at the Air Liquide hydrogen plant in Port Jerome, France, on Friday, July 24, 2009. The company announces its earnings next week. Photographer: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

Air Liquide Americas CEO: $10 billion price tag for Airgas is “appropriate”

The French company just moved into its new two-building Air Liquide Center in October in Houston’s Memorial City to serve as its Americas headquarters.
A worker uses equipment to secure a section of pipe on an oil drilling platform operated by Tatneft OAO near Almetyevsk, Russia, on Friday, July 31, 2015. Eleven months of surviving with oil below $100 have left Russia hardened enough to endure a monthlong drop to $40 a barrel, a survey of economists showed. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Worldwide oil job losses climb to 233,000, recruiter says

Swift Worldwide Resources CEO Tobias Read said there’s no sign of an immediate turnaround in the oil and gas job market and the situation “is likely to get worse.”
Pipelines run toward oil storage tanks stand at the Enbridge Inc. Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Enbridge to cut 5 percent of workforce amid slump

Energy infrastructure giant Enbridge said late Monday it will lay off 500 workers and eliminate another 100 unfilled positions as the company looks to cut costs amid the oil slump.
Equipment is housed at National Oilwell Varco's distribution center in La Porte, Texas. (NOV)

Job losses continue across Texas as services firms cut back

Oil field services companies reeling from the worst downturn in years continued hemorrhaging jobs this week as three providers announced plans to chop nearly 400 jobs in Houston and across the state amid an oil rout that shows no signs of abating.
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Oil crash job losses in Texas may be steeper than previously thought

The number of oil and gas job losses may be thousands more than the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers initially projected.

Pemex’s new union contract will help reduce $90 billion pension burden

Pemex has struggled following Mexico’s move in 2014 to reform its energy industry, which ended decades of state control and opened up the country to private investment.
A group of men have an early breakfast at Rosita's Restaurant in Carrizo Springs.  The small south Texas town bustles around 4 a.m. with area oil related workers. Dimmit County Regional Hospital has seen a dramatic increase in trauma cases directly associated from the oil and gas industry in the Eagle Ford Shale.  Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express News)

North Dakota oil patch town moves closer to banning crew camps in city limits

Some people believe crew camps are unsightly and feed crime problems in the city.