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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 »
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Oil gains as Iraq violence weighs on supply fears

The price of U.S. benchmark crude for July delivery rose 46 cents to $106.43 per barrel.  More »
Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans in December 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Prosecutors get time to decide on retrial for former BP engineer

The judge ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.  More »
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Canada OKs oil pipeline to the Pacific Coast

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been a staunch supporter of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline after the U.S. delayed a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline,  More »
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Shell to sell stake in Australia’s Woodside for $5 billion

Shell flagged last year that it would eventually sell its 23 percent holding in Australia’s second-largest oil and gas producer because it was no longer strategic.  More »