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Oil falls as China’s economy shows signs of slowing

Oil for October delivery fell 63 cents to settle at $92.66 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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Oil falls on weaker U.S. jobs growth

Oil for October delivery slipped $1.16, or 1.2 percent, to close at $93.29 a barrel.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown here in the Gulf in late July, remains anchored about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraq’s attorneys again ask judge for crude seizure

Iraq’s attorneys once again asked a federal judge to seize 1 million barrels of contested crude, claiming that the tanker floating off the coast of Galveston since late July plans to offload and sell its cargo within the United States. Kurdistan in court has explicitly not confirmed or denied whether it owns the crude, leading […]  More »
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Chevron Phillips Chemical sells manufacturing unit for $220 million

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is selling its polymer manufacturing business for $220 million.  More »
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Officials seek federal board’s help on rail delays

Some believe the increased shipments from North Dakota’s western oil fields are largely behind the delays.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

Companies want to increase coal shipments to Asia as domestic demand falters. But proposals for new export terminals in Washington and Oregon have run into strong resistance from regulators and environmentalists.  More »
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Oil falls as refineries cut operating rates

“Refiners in the U.S. are going into maintenance, which is going to reduce demand for crude.” expert says.  More »
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Oil rises on possible Ukraine cease-fire

Oil for October delivery advanced $2.66, or 2.9 percent, to settle at $95.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
In this Oct. 15, 2010 file photo, a cleared area is shown in San Bruno, Calif., where several homes were destroyed by a fire from a gas pipeline explosion. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E plans to appeal penalty in deadly blast

The filing didn’t list a reason for the appeal. The gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb killed eight people in 2010.  More »
Patrick Juneau, administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center. (Houston Chronicle)

BP wants spill claims official ousted

BP says Patrick Juneau failed to disclose a major conflict of interest.  More »
Abby Brockway sits atop a tripod erected on train tracks Tuesday in Everett, Wash.  AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

5 protesters blocking oil train arrested

The group Rising Tide Seattle erected a tripod of poles over the tracks.  More »
The electrical panel failure at Valero's Texas City refinery that caused the release of a plume of toxic gas Sunday was unrelated to electrical grid problems that plagued the plant years ago. (Sharon Steinmann/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Valero’s refinery release unrelated to prior Texas City power outages

Texas City emergency officials asked some residents to shelter in place for several hours early Sunday when an electrical malfunction caused Valero’s refinery it to emit toxic fumes.  More »