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Boom fuels oil field talent search

While the job picture remains stagnant nationwide, the boom in domestic shale drilling has pushed hiring to a feverish pace in North American oil fields.  More »

Many Eagle Ford shale jobs, but few qualified workers

There are jobs in abundance in the Eagle Ford shale area, but a group of employers said Monday that it isn’t easy to find qualified workers.  More »

Offshore industry hopes for grace period on new rules

After a year of preparation, oil companies and offshore contractors starting Tuesday must comply with a government mandate requiring broad safety management systems designed to reduce human errors and shrink operational risks.  More »

TransCanada says it will reroute planned pipeline

The officials said TransCanada would agree to the new route, a move the company previously said wasn’t possible, as part of an effort to push through the proposed $7 billion project.  More »

Jay Leno talks natural gas, alternative-fueled vehicles

Jay Leno might be best known for his Tonight Show, but he’s also a hot rod, car collector junky.  More »

Dynegy third quarter losses triple

Dynegy Inc. said today that its losses more than tripled in the third quarter as it generated less power at lower prices.  More »

Brazil investigates Chevron oil spill

Brazil’s president has ordered a full investigation into an oil spill near an offshore field operated by oil giant Chevron Corp.  More »

Crimp in Keystone XL plans may help Houston’s Enterprise

The Keystone XL pipeline may be the first shovel-ready project buried by foot-dragging.  More »

Chevy Volt crash test fire prompts battery probe

U.S. auto-safety regulators are examining the safety of lithium-ion batteries that power all plug-in electric vehicles after a General Motors Co. (GM) Chevrolet Volt caught fire, people familiar with the probe said.  More »

Exxon follows ex-BP CEO Hayward into Kurdish bonanza

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson is playing catch-up with a former rival, ex-BP Plc CEO Tony Hayward, in a race to tap oil riches in Iraq’s Kurdish region that dwarf the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Crude oil trading near its highest price since July

Oil traded near the highest level in more than three months as Italy started building a new government that may help contain the European debt crisis and Japan reported its first economic growth in a year.  More »

Libya oil output could reach 800K barrels by end of 2011

Libya, the holder of Africa’s biggest oil reserves, will produce as much as 800,000 barrels of crude a day by the end of this year, the chairman of state-run National Oil Corp. said.  More »

Inside Fukushima: rubble amid progress

Two reactor buildings once painted in a cheery sky blue loom over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Their roofs are blasted away, their crumbled concrete walls reduced to steel frames.  More »

Canadian minister says delay could doom Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department’s decision to delay its review of TransCanada Corp.’s $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline until after next year’s presidential election may doom the project and accelerate Canada’s efforts to ship crude to Asia, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said.  More »

TransCanada weighs alternative routes to save Keystone XL

TransCanada Corp. has begun studying alternative routes for the Keystone XL project in an attempt to salvage the $7 billion pipeline after U.S. officials said it couldn’t proceed without more review.  More »
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