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A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Steelworkers strike: More labor board charges filed

Late last month, LyondellBasell also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, accusing the Steelworkers union of harassing members who have returned to their jobs.  More »
(Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

USW, Shell met Wednesday and will meet again Monday

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday in Houston, according to the union, which added that it is prepared to continue negotiations continuously to get a new labor agreement.  More »
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle )

Houston’s richest man got richer despite crashing oil prices

Forbes released its list of the richest people in the world Monday, and several of Houston’s billionaires saw their fortunes rise.  More »
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Magellan Midstream and Plains All American plan crude line from Colorado

Plains and Magellan indicated that the new line would be supported by binding commitments from producers Noble Energy and Anadarko Petroleum Corp.  More »
United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Union is striking for safety, Steelworkers’ international head says

Improving health and safety at the nation’s refineries is the reason the United Steelworkers union is on strike, said Leo W. Gerard, international president of the union that has walked out of 15 refineries and chemical plants since launching its strike Feb. 1.  More »
(Thomas Shea photo)

Enterprise Products, Anadarko, Markwest and DCP announce joint venture for NGL pipeline

Under the terms announced, Enterprise will continue to own 55 percent of the line that connects to its processing and storage hub in Mont Belvieu, Texas.  More »
Clean up crews  work to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Exxon Mobil appeals $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20-year-old Silvertip Pipeline was at risk from flooding.  More »
A couple stands in front of River Street while the waves hit the seawall in Nome, Alaska, in 2011. (AP Photo/Peggy Fagerstrom, file)

Alaska deep-water port proposed for vessels in Arctic waters

As ship traffic has increased, federal agencies have expressed concern about responding to vessels in distress, industrial activities and oil spills.  More »
Warren Buffett -- chairman, president & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway -- gestures during a 2013  interview.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Warren Buffett’s firm sells Exxon Mobil shares

Berkshire Hathaway increased its holdings in Suncor Energy and Phillips 66 among other companies.  More »
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Oil rises to highest this year amid Libyan, Iraqi disruptions

West Texas Intermediate oil for March delivery rose 75 cents from Friday’s settlement to $53.53 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Rig hands work at a oil drilling site in Knox County, Ohio, (Ty Wright/Bloomberg file)

Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate drilling

The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a state law that gives Ohio “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the location of wells.  More »
Rig hands thread together drilling pipe at a hydraulic fracturing site located atop the Marcellus shale rock formation in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 31, 2013. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracturing oversight

Of particular concern is making sure their waterways are not contaminated by waste.  More »
Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and oil industry leaders condemned the suit as an attack on a vital industry. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Judge tosses coastal damage suit against oil companies

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East had claimed that coastal drilling and dredging activities contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Brent crude settles over $60 a barrel in London

West Texas Intermediate oil for March delivery advanced $1.57 to settle at $52.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Henderson Rengifo, president of the Interethnic Association for Development of the Peruvian Jungle participates in a press conference in Lima on Feb. 5 concerning protests against Pluspetrol Oil Co. (AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLECRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images

Peru anti-oil protest leaves 1 dead, 22 wounded

Protesters were repelled after entering part of a military base used by the Argentina company Pluspetrol in the Junin state town of Pichanaki.  More »
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