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Exxon Mobil CEO: Not moving headquarters to Houston

ExxonMobil’s CEO on Thursday dashed Houston’s hopes that the multinational oil and gas giant would relocate its headquarters to Houston, saying he plans to continue to honor the company’s foundational principals to keep separate its executive suites from its operations.  More »
A multibillion-dollar expansion of  Dow Chemical Co's Freeport complex is one of many Gulf Coast petrochemical projects driven partly by low-priced U.S. natural gas.  (Dow Chemical Co. photo)

To solve worker shortage, Dow offers apprenticeships

Dow Chemical expects to hire 60 apprentices, who will receive two to four years of training and on-the-job experience to prepare them for work as chemical process operators, instrumentation and equipment technicians and analyzer technicians.  More »
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Freeport LNG widens ship channel

The Port Freeport ship channel will be widened from 400 feet to 600 feet as part of a plan proposed eight years ago when the Freeport facility was envisioned as an import terminal capable of regasifying LNG offloaded from tankers.  More »
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Islamic State fuels terrorist operations with oil production

Oil production has provided the extremist Sunni group with a significant source of revenue, even though the Islamic State produces only a fraction of the oil capacity from the territory it controls and likely sells its oil at a deeply discounted price on the black market.  More »
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Brent oil and West Texas crude rise

WTI for November delivery gained 5 cents to $82.75 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The futures are down 3.6 percent this week and 16 percent in 2014.  More »
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Chevron drillship arrives deep in the Gulf of Mexico

The Pacific Sharav, built to Chevron’s specifications, will work in the Keathley Canyon under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling, a Houston-based ultra-deepwater drilling contractor.  More »
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In search of safety, utilities bring in experts: each other

The American Gas Association is taking a page from the nuclear and airline industries in a new push to make pipelines and utilities safer.  More »
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Shale boom weans U.S. from foreign oil, creates new opportunities

Although the U.S. is far from achieving anything close to full energy independence, the rapid resurgence in domestic oil and gas production has slashed the nation’s reliance on foreign oil in a short period of time and created new opportunities for refineries and pipeline companies, an energy analyst said Thursday.  More »
An emerging technology that converts plastics to oil has yet to be embraced by the industry, in part because of a lack of awareness. (American Chemistry Council)

Chemistry Council: Turning leftover plastic into oil could create thousands of jobs

An American Chemistry Council report found that there’s enough non-recycled plastic in the U.S. to feed hundreds of plastics-to-oil facilities and create thousands of jobs.  More »
A drill rig works in  Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Study links Ohio quakes to hydraulic fracturing

Study co-author Paul Friberg said that fracturing rock results in micro-earthquakes but that some of the Harrison County tremors were significantly larger than expected.  More »
Containment booms are placed on the beach in an effort to clean the beach from effects of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010 in Elmer's Island, Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Treasury clears way for oil spill recovery grants

A Treasury Department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has $653 million. That figure is expected to grow by billions.  More »
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Crude oil falls deeper into bear territory

West Texas oil for November delivery dropped $3.90 to $81.84 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest settlement since June 28, 2012.  More »
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N.D. governor: State responding to natural gas flaring problem

About one-third of the natural gas produced in North Dakota is burned off due to a lack of infrastructure  More »
In a cell phone photo taken by protesters and provided to news media by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department, Chris Wahmhoff stands near the pipeline he crawled into Monday morning, June 24, 2013 near Marshall, Mich. Wahmhoff emerged from the pipe about 5 p.m., after 10 hours.  Protesters seek to halt Enbridge Inc.'s building of a new line, saying it endangers public health. (AP Photo/Calhoun County Sheriff Department via The Enquirer)

Protestor who spent 10 hours in pipeline to face trial

The Kalamazoo man is a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.  More »
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Brent crude at a nearly 4-year low

West Texas intermediate crude dropped 8 cents to $85.74 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »