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Shell to cut 1,300 jobs in Malaysia over two years

Shell Malaysia said Tuesday it is trying to become a more efficient company but gave few details beyond disclosing the coming staff reductions.
Flames shoot up from a rapidly spreading wildfire south of Linden, Texas. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/ The Texarkana Gazette, Adam Sacasa)

Calpine estimates $35 million in damages, lost revenue from wildfires

Earlier in September, Calpine reported that five of the cooling towers were destroyed or damaged at its 14 geothermal power plants in the complex known as The Geysers. The repairs are expected to last six to 12 months, Calpine announced Monday.
Dave Lesar,center, chairman and CEO of Halliburton, rings the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Halliburton, Baker Hughes announce additional divestitures

Halliburton and Baker Hughes Inc. announced plans Monday to sell off additional businesses to gain regulatory approval for their $35 billion merger.
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Global job losses surpass 200,000, energy recruitment firm reports

More than 200,000 oil and gas workers across the globe have lost their jobs since the crude collapse started last year.
An image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a male greater sage grouse near Bridgeport, Calif., in 2010. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

Lawsuit challenges limits on industry that aim to save bird

The case appears to be the first challenge to the Interior Department’s declaration this week that it can protect the greater sage grouse without hobbling the region’s economy.
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Battery storage may soon play key role in electric grids

The “batteries charge up for the electric grid” study contends that ever-decreasing manufacturing costs from Tesla Energy and other companies will make lithium-ion batteries more economical in about three to five years, starting in states with financial incentives like California, Hawaii, New York and other Northeastern markets.
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Pro-industry group throws support behind drilling on Texas university land

A pro-industry group is firing back at calls by environmental advocates to restrict drilling on university lands in Texas, arguing that oil and gas revenue has provided massive financial support for the University of Texas and Texas A&M.
Jed Hamilton and Kevin Harun take part in the University of Houston 2015-2016 Energy Symposium.  (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)

Exxon Mobil official promotes Arctic exploration

“If the U.S. stands in the background, Russia will move forward, and things won’t be as good as they could be if the U.S. had a seat at the table in the Arctic,” said Jed Hamilton, senior Arctic consultant at Exxon Mobil Upstream Research Company.
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Green groups sue Commerce Department over FOIA’d crude export permits, environmental reviews

An attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity said that because Commerce Department won’t release its export permits, it is not known how many companies have been allowed to export crude oil.
A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

Exxon Mobil’s Torrance refinery may not ramp up until 2016

The extended delay could leave the refinery operating an no more than 20 percent capacity for a full 12 months after the facility was damaged in an explosion on Feb. 18. The primary piece taken out of commission was the electrostatic precipitator, or ESP, which is a large emission-controlling device.