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A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Report: motorists to spend slightly more on gas this summer

The government’s Energy Information Administration forecasts regular gasoline retail prices to average $3.66 per gallon from April through September, about 2 percent more than the same time in 2013.  More »
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Oil on 2-week slide even with Mideast turmoil

The prolonged drop could lead to lower gasoline prices for U.S. drivers in the weeks ahead.  More »
Firefighters battle a blaze caused this week by a lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility near Alexander, N.D. In just over a month, lightning strikes have destroyed three of the state's more than 440 saltwater disposal facilities. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.  More »
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, talks with his attorneys Shaun Clarke, left, and David Gerger, right, as they enter Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans on  Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

There is no indication when the court panel will rule.  More »
An artist's rendering shows the  industry-backed Pipeline Research Council International's  $10 million Technology Development Center in Northwest Houston,  scheduled for completion early in 2015. (Pipeline Research Council International photo)

$10 million pipeline research center to open in Houston

An industry-supported research center under construction in Houston will provide facilities for testing and evaluating pipelines in a move to reduce sometimes-disastrous ruptures.  More »
Iraqi Kurdish forces take position near Taza Khormato as they fight jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positioned five kilometers away in Bashir, 20 kms south of Kirkuk, on June 23, 2014.
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Moody’s: Iraqi violence isn’t likely to affect oil company credit ratings

Sectarian violence in Iraq probably won’t affect credit ratings of major oil companies operating there, Moody’s Investors Services predicts.  More »
An LNG import tanker neared a terminal in Texas in 2008. (Guiseppe Barranco/Beaumont Enterprise)

Change in direction leaves LNG importing units idle

From 1998 to 2008, the average annual spot price of domestic natural gas more than quadrupled, from $1.96 per million British thermal units to $7.97, and the price moved into double digits several times during that time. That is not the case now.  More »
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, said professionals are no longer moving to college jobs.

Industry raids universities for oil engineering talent

Universities are in a constant struggle to hire and retain enough professors to keep up with surging enrollment in petroleum engineering programs nationwide.  More »
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Crude oil futures slip as Iraq risks recede

U.S. crude for August delivery fell 42 cents to $104.06 a barrel.  More »
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Oil flat despite U.S., China factory strength

It is the fourth day in a row of declines and the sixth decline in the last seven trading days.  More »
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California wind farm won’t have eagle death penalties

The Shiloh IV Wind Project will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed, harmed or disturbed over five years.  More »
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Nigerian fishermen reject Shell’s $50 million

Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures.  More »