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Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter. (photo courtesy of Texas Railroad Commission)

Feds aren’t protecting pipelines from cartels, Texas regulator says

The feds aren’t doing enough to keep smugglers using pipeline rights-of-way from posing a threat to state inspectors, oil field workers or the pipelines themselves, a state regulator charged Friday.  More »
This aerial photo shows the tanker United Kalavryta underway in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, before it anchored off Galveston, where it awaits its fate. 
(Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraqi, Kurdistan lawyers face off in U.S. court over stranded tanker’s oil

An international oil dispute played out in U.S. courts on Friday, as the Kurdish Regional Government faced off against Iraq over a disputed tanker of Kurdish crude that’s been languishing off Galveston’s coast for nearly a month.  More »
In 2012, Neil Young and Willie Nelson performed  during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

6,500 tickets sold for Keystone XL opposition concert

The concert will be held on a farm near Neligh, Neb., that’s in the proposed path.  More »
Attendees arrive at the winter NAPE Expo earlier this year. The summer show is under way this week at the George R. Brown Convention Center .   (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Expo presents lots of talk about Permian land, but not much of it

The nation’s top oil producer is attracting more than a few glances from operators not already established in West Texas, but companies with exclusive and lucrative Permian acreage are holding on tight.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Oil climbs as economic data signals U.S. growth

Oil for October delivery rose 51 cents to settle at $93.96 a barrel.  More »
David  Rainey, a former BP vice president during the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, leaves Federal Court after being arraigned on obstruction of a federal investigation in New Orleans in November 2012.   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Indicted former BP executive will be allowed to visit UK

David Rainey is now an executive with BHP Billiton Petroleum  More »
Gulf Coast refiners are expecting to be the biggest beneficiaries of new investment to upgrade facilities to handle light crude. (Valero Energy photo)

Gulf Coast to benefit from refinery retrofits

Refiners are scrambling for ways to process newly abundant light crude from U.S. shale, and much of their construction and retrofitting investment will be on the Gulf Coast.  More »
Cleanup is underway near the Beckjord Power Plant, in New Richmond, Ohio, after an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann)

Officials say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati.  More »
This photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, and provided by Robert A. Franco, shows a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposing deep-injection wells . Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing local deep-injection wells is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on grounds he’s exercising his free speech. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco)

Brine firm sues over biblical fracturing billboard

The complaint by the company contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards.  More »
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

BHP plans asset split, posts $13.8 billion profit

“Our operational performance continued to improve,” said CEO Andrew Mackenzie.  More »
Canadian Transportation Safety Board Chair Wendy Tadros, right, and TSB Chief Operating Officer Jean Laporte, address the media during a news conference Tuesday in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where the board released its report on the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in July 2013.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn’t do proper safety audits.  More »
Oil Barrels

West Texas crude at 7-month low

September crude dropped 2 percent while October decreased 1 percent.  More »
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