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A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.  More »
A Peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory on top of an armoured vehicle on the front line of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants 20 kilometres east of Mosul, on Monday.  Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive Monday against jihadists after retaking Iraq's largest dam, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement. AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Crude oil falls 1 percent to $96.41

Kurdish and Iraqi forces seized control of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic State militants.  More »
An Apache Corp. worker killed in Egypt last week has been identified as William "Bill" Henderson, a 28-year veteran of the company.

Obit indicates Arkansas man was Apache supervisor slain in Egypt

Details in an obituary indicate the Apache Corp. worker killed in Egypt last week was a 28-year company veteran who mostly recently lived in Fayetteville, Ark.  More »
Facing growing concerns about the links between earthquakes and drilling, the Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday proposed new rules for injection wells.
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State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.  More »
Isolated locations present security challenges for Apache Corp.'s operations in Egypt’s Western Desert. (Apache Corp.)

Slaying of Apache Corp. worker underscores dangers in Egypt

The shooting death of an Apache Corp. oil worker in Egypt last week underscored the dangers of working in Egypt’s remote oil patches, and may make investors nervous about the Houston company’s continued presence there.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown here in the Gulf in late July, has not communicated its position since late Monday. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Tanker carrying disputed crude hasn’t moved or unloaded oil

A tanker remains anchored off Galveston two weeks after it arrived carrying 1 million barrels of crude it can’t unload because of a dispute involving ownership of oil produced in Iraq.  More »
Oil Barrels

Brent crude declines as U.S. hits militants in Iraq

However, West Texas Intermediate rose 31 cents to $97.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
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Houston drilling services company launches $110 million IPO

Houston-based drilling services company Independence Contract Drilling Inc. launched its initial public offering this week, seeking $100 million.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

Action in Iraq sends crude prices upward

Oil for September delivery gained 42 cents to settle at $97.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
The drilling rig Aker Barents in the Barents Sea.  (AP  Photo/Harald Pettersen / Statoil via Scanpix Norway, FILE)

Norway’s Statoil comes up dry at Arctic wells

Statoil said this year’s exploration campaign ended without any commercial discoveries.  More »
Cheniere Energy already is expanding this LNG plant in Louisiana, but federal agencies are in conflict over plans for a Texas facility. (Cheniere Energy)

Feds vs. feds: EPA questions energy agency’s environmental review

The Environmental Protection Agency says another federal agency hasn’t fully addressed how a proposed liquefied natural gas export plant in Corpus Christi might affect air, water and wildlife in the region.  More »
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well, contrary to company policy,  More »
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