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More oil rigs shut down this week

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Categories: Crude oil, featured, Markets
The number of U.S. rigs chasing oil fell to a total of 646 this week, according to a weekly tally by oil service company Baker Hughes.
Alan Sadler

Feds’ plan to boost biofuel targets draws fire from all sides

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In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with officials from Britain, France, Germany, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry says energy industry will decide climate battle

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Energy and related companies can create jobs, wealth and improved health and security for people by meeting their environmental responsibilities, Kerry said in a video message for executives at a climate and business conference in Paris.
Categories: Environment
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U.S. natural gas imports reach lowest level in 28 years

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Domestic natural gas production has hit record highs during the ongoing shale boom, and the low natural gas prices have played a role in replacing imports. Nearly 98 percent of natural gas imports came from Canada, but Canadian natural gas represented 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas consumption last year, which was down from 11 percent in 2009, according to the EIA.

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Canada adapting to cheaper oil to avoid going way of the auto industry

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The Group of Seven’s biggest oil exporter may see drilling investment slashed by $23.2 billion in the coming 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s a 29 percent reduction from the previous 12 months and the biggest since at least 2007.
Categories: Canada
Marathon Bakken drilling

‘Shale-ionaires’ suffering from wave of bankrupt oil drillers

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A rebound in oil prices that bottomed near $44 a barrel in March has provided some relief to stronger companies that have been able to compensate with cost cuts and more efficient operations. For many smaller, cash-strapped producers, current prices of almost $60 still aren’t enough to make ends meet compared to the $100-plus prices seen during the boom days.
Categories: featured, Shale
Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara Coast

Plains All American says up to 105,000 gallons of oil may have spilled from California pipeline

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The Plains All American Pipeline company says in a statement the current estimate remains 21,000 gallons, but it says that figure is under investigation.
Jack Welch, former CEO and Chairman of General Electric, in San Francisco on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Former GE CEO Jack Welch tells energy companies to think long term, keep their talent

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Welch, who led GE for 20 years until 2001, said low oil prices are teaching energy companies to become more efficient and potentially more profitable in the long run.
Categories: Crude oil, General, People
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP, Macondo contractors resolve oil spill claims against each other

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Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar said the agreement closes out another chapter in the Gulf of Mexico saga for the oil field service company and restores its relationship with BP, one of its customers.