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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 »
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U.S. crude price at lowest level since January

Natural gas futures posted the biggest drop in six months.  More »
A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E fined $1.4 billion for deadly 2010 blast

The explosion killed eight people and prompted national alerts about aging pipelines.  More »
Regulators clear the way for Formosa Plastics Corp. to begin a $2 billion expansion on its Point Comfort complex. (Courtesy: Formosa Plastics Corp.)

Regulators OK Formosa chemical expansion in Point Comfort

Federal and state regulators have cleared the way for Formosa Plastics Corp. to begin construction on a $2 billion expansion of its petrochemical complex in Point Comfort.  More »
Like other new plants under construction in Australia, Chevron's Gorgon LNG project has been plagued by cost overruns and delays, raising questions about the country's future abilities to expand its liquefied gas capacity. (Photo: Chevron)

Cost overruns, delays may hinder future Australian LNG projects

New liquefied natural gas plants under construction in Australia have been plagued by widely reported cost overruns and delays, raising questions about whether the country will be able to continue to expand its liquefied gas capacity after 2018, according to a new report.  More »
Coal is piled near methanol tanks in Xinxiang, Henan province, China. (Doug Kanter/Bloomberg)

Growing Chinese appetite ignites U.S. methanol renaissance

The North American methanol market has accelerated rapidly in recent years as the Chinese throw their money behind new projects to expand North America’s capacity to produce methanol.  More »
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GDP report helps send crude price up

U.S. gross domestic product grew at a 4.2 percent annualized rate last quarter.  More »