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A platform works on ConocoPhillips' Jasmine Field project in the North Sea. (ConocoPhillilps)

Show them the money; Feds to boost offshore bond requirements

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With oil companies boring wells and building offshore facilities in ever-deeper waters, federal regulators on Friday moved to update decades-old requirements to ensure they have enough money to dismantle the equipment once crude stops flowing.
A chart of earthquake activity in Oklahoma from 1882 to 2013 is on display at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in Norman, Okla., (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

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Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.
(Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Pipeline defects lead to new federal safety mandates on Keystone XL

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Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.
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Texans shaken by quakes demand halt on injection wells (video)

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Residents of a North Texas town that has been shaken by a rash of earthquakes descended on a meeting of state regulators Tuesday and called for a moratorium on nearby injection wells.
Shell’s Olympus platform is set up on the Mars field in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2013. (Royal Dutch Shell)

Trio of Texas universities win bid to launch offshore safety center

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Three Texas universities will launch a new safety institute designed to help offshore drilling regulators keep pace with rapidly evolving technology for extracting oil and gas from the sea floor, Interior Department officials announced Thursday.
(Photo: Drew from Zhrodague/Flickr)

Leaked proposal irks both oil and ethanol groups

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The Obama administration isn’t giving U.S. refiners enough “wiggle room” to comply with federal renewable fuel mandates, the oil industry’s leading trade group said Thursday.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ConocoPhillips, Noble among first targets of Colorado fracking rule

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Colorado oil and gas regulators are scheduled to take their first enforcement measures later this month against companies that fail to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Citations pending for California nuclear plant flaw

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Federal regulators announced Monday they are considering slapping a California utility with two violations for problems that eventually led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

Claims from pipeline blast will reach $565M, utility says

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to pay a total of $565 million in legal settlements and other claims from a deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, the utility said.
Black Elk Energy's sign is seen on the front of its office in the 11400 block of Katy Freeway. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Black Elk Energy: Fatal fire hit finances, production

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Houston-based Black Elk Energy said Thursday it was still dealing with economic fallout from last year’s fatal explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, even as federal investigators continue to probe the company’s overall safety.