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Emissions from flaring, or burning of natural gas, methane and hydrogen sulphide associated with oil production, have risen in each of the last three years. Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg

Residents near gas wells twice as likely to report symptoms, study finds

Researchers found that residents living near Marcellus Shale natural gas wells were more likely to report rashes, sinus problems, coughs, sore throats, itchy eyes, nose bleeds and stuffy noses than those who lived farther away.  More »
Dow Chemical's petrochemical complex in Freeport is one of the largest in the world. (Dow Chemical)

Shale boom boosts diverse group of refining, LNG, petrochemical interests

Unlike the first wave of investment, which gave the biggest boost to smaller independent oil companies that got an early start in shale plays, the manufacturing resurgence will involve a diverse set of players, including chemical giants like Dow Chemical and LyondellBasell, which are planning to expand their capacity along the Gulf Coast, and midstream companies hoping to export LNG, according to a report by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions  More »
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Brent crude narrows premium over West Texas benchmark

Brent for October settlement fell $1.04, or 1 percent, to $99.16 a barrel.  More »
The United States is exporting more petroleum products, primarily from the Gulf Coast, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report. (Courtesy: EIA)

Gulf Coast drives surge in U.S. exports of petroleum products

The United States is exporting more petroleum products, most of which is coming from the Gulf Coast.  More »
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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 »
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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 »