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A Baker Hughes Inc. drilling bit is displayed at the Hart Energy DUG Eagle Ford Shale conference in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.  (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Baker Hughes will officially disclose fracturing chemicals

Baker Hughes says it has finished a six-month process of negotiating with its suppliers to reveal all of the chemicals it uses in its hydraulic fracturing, a well-stimulation technique that has drawn the ire of environmentalists and some communities.  More »
iNOV Grant Prideco's Engineering Technology Center Sept 18, 2014. A worker at the combined load frame.  (Billy Smith II / Chronicle)
Publication History: 	Publication: The Houston Chronicle
PubDate: 9/21/2014 - PageNo: 1 - Section: D - Edition: H6 - CIMAGEID: 131712669
Caption: An employee checks machinery at NOV Grant Prideco's engineering technology center. It's part of National Oilwell Varco.


NOV shares tumble on $3B buyback plan

The oil field equipment maker’s cash back to investors may signal that its pool of buyout targets is running dry.  More »
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Autumn brings fall in gasoline prices

Gasoline prices are about a dime lower as September ends than at the beginning of the month.  More »
The Anadarko towers are shown Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Houston. The new Hackett Tower is shown on the left, and the Allison Tower is on the right. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Anadarko wants rehearing on oil spill fines

The Woodlands oil explorer wants to clear its name of oil spill penalties stemming from its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.  More »
In this undated file photo, flags fly over a sign at Murphy Oil Corp., headquarters in El Dorado, Ark. (AP Photo/The El Dorado News-Times, Michael Orrell, File)

Murphy to sell stake in Malaysian business for $2 billion

Arkansas-based Murphy Oil Corp. will sell a 30 percent stake in its Malyasian oil and gas assets for $2 billion to Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company, Murphy announced announced Tuesday morning.  More »
GE is going to build four of its latest, most efficient gas turbines, pictured, for Exelon Corp.'s plants in Texas.

GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas.  More »
Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy, is a vocal advocate of hydraulic fracturing.( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

CEO says oil industry cedes its message to opponents

Chris Faulkner of Breitling Energy says the oil and gas industry does a poor job of getting its message to the public, and he’s trying to change that.  More »
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon speaks during the opening of a compressed natural gas filling station in Oklahoma City in 2009. (AP Photo, File)

McClendon lures Chesapeake exec for new energy venture

Shale gas wildcatter Aubrey McClendon has lured away a top executive from the company that ousted him last year, as McClendon works to build a new U.S. energy producer.  More »
Doug Suttles, Encana President and CEO

Encana buying Permian-focused Texas company for $5.9 billion

Calgary-based Encana Corp. will buy Fort Worth’s Athlon Energy in a deal worth $7.1 billion that will give the Canadian company’s a sizable footprint in the Permian Basin.  More »
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

NiSource joins utility trend in forming MLP

NiSource has announced plans to spend about $8 billion to $10 billion over the next five to 10 years to expand and upgrade pipelines serving the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  More »
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West Virginia opens bids on drilling under Ohio River

Noble Energy, Gastar Exploration and Statoil submitted bids with 20 percent royalty rates. State officials plan to pick winners in the next week or two.  More »
Customers fill up vehicles beyond a filler hose as 7,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline are delivered to a Shell station in Peoria, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.  More »