Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, 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)

Shell workers in Deer Park end strike

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United Steelworkers at Shell Deer Park and Shell Chemical join employees at four Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana and Texas who have also ended strikes.
(Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

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Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.
Leahy's Fuels oil delivery driver Eric Svege makes a home heating oil delivery to a Mariana Farms Drive home, in Danbury, Conn, on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Natural gas withdraw withers as winter nears end

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U.S. Energy Information Administration weekly data showed a withdraw of 45 billion cubic feet, bringing total inventories to 1.47 trillion cubic feet.
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

Crude inventories offer enough supply for a month of refining runs

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The U.S. has enough oil to feed 29 days of refinery demand, the highest level in decades, according to a new government report.
Martin Craighead, president and CEO of Baker Hughes Incorporated, speaks at the facility located at 9110 Grogans Mill Road Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in The Woodlands. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Baker Hughes’ CEO talked with global conglomerate before Halliburton deal

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The CEO of Baker Hughes had met with a global conglomerate in Europe just weeks before his company struck a $35 billion deal to sell itself to Halliburton, new corporate disclosures show.
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean to scrap four rigs, stack four others

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The firm, which has its main U.S. offices in Houston, said Wednesday that scrapping the four rigs “in an environmentally responsible manner” will cost it $300 million to $325 million in non-cash charges during the first quarter.
Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Willbros Group may come under financial pressure in oil slump

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Willbros Group, an engineering firm that builds oil-industry projects, says it may not be able to pay off its debt if it can’t persuade lenders to alter its credit agreements.
Laboratory analyst, Syed Ali, takes some measurements in a lab in the research and development building, at the Baker Hughes facility. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Dallas Fed: Texas job growth to slow, Houston to see the biggest impact

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Declines in the oil and gas industry, tight labor markets and weakening exports led to the revision, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas wrote Tuesday.
(Dmitry Beliakov/Bloomberg News)

Anadarko buys into Colorado-to-Cushing pipeline project

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The Woodlands-based firm said Wednesday it has purchased a 20-percent stake in the pipeline company building the 550-mile Saddlehorn pipe, which is expected to start piping oil from the DJ Basin to the oil hub in Cushing in the middle of next year.
Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, 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)

Striking refinery employees could come back to work by end of March

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Last week, negotiators for Shell, which was representing the industry, and the union agreed on a deal that provides a national framework for contracts.