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Screengrab of an infrared image captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, June 15, 2015. (NOAA)

Enterprise Products Partners evacuates three offshore platforms; other companies watching tropical storm closely

Oil companies and refiners are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm hasn’t shut down operations or triggered evacuations of essential personnel.
Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Shale is ‘here to stay’ Conoco chief tells OPEC

In June 2012, when Lance spoke at the last biennial seminar held by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the U.S. was pumping 6.2 million barrels a day. Now, it produces 9.5 million barrels at day, the highest since 1972.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

The decision is a shift from the alternative that BLM had earlier selected as its preferred option. But it aligns with the alternative chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Chevron CEO John S. Watson in Houston in April 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Chevron to delay capital spending announcement

Chevron, the second largest U.S. integrated energy company, announced Tuesday that its budget won’t be made public until early next year.
(Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

LinkedIn: Energy companies among most in demand for job seekers

The social network released its list ranking companies’ with the most engagement from potential employees.
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Oil producers unite to lobby for crude exports

Fourteen of the nation’s largest independent oil companies are banding together to lobby for the right to export crude around the world. It’s a sign the industry is revving up for a big, coordinated push to dismantle those trade restrictions next year.
(Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

Rare Alaskan crude shipment heads to South Korea

A tanker full of Alaskan crude is now heading to South Korea, courtesy of an exception in the 39-year-old law that blocks most U.S oil from being sold overseas. The shipment is the first of its kind in a decade.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell, ConocoPhillips plead White House for flexibility in Arctic

Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Oil companies forfeit Arctic drilling rights

Oil companies that had locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory, signaling the industry’s appetite for tapping those Arctic waters may be waning even as the Obama administration makes plans to auction off more of the area.

Commentary: Alaska voters hold the key to North Slope

Commentary: As political shenanigans continue to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaskan voters hold the key to avoiding a similar fate for what could be North America’s largest pipeline project.