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Ending oil export ban drawing more talk on Capitol Hill

The head of a Republican energy task force predicts the U.S. House of Representatives will advance legislation next year to relax a decades-old ban on exporting most U.S. crude.  More »
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Rangeland inks sand services deal with Halliburton

Sugar Land’s Rangeland Energy has singed a multi-year deal with Houston-based oil services company Halliburton Co. to provide fracking sand rail unloading, storage and distribution in West Texas’ Delaware Basin, a part of the larger Permian Basin.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown here in the Gulf in late July, remains anchored about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Iraq’s attorneys again ask judge for crude seizure

Iraq’s attorneys once again asked a federal judge to seize 1 million barrels of contested crude, claiming that the tanker floating off the coast of Galveston since late July plans to offload and sell its cargo within the United States. Kurdistan in court has explicitly not confirmed or denied whether it owns the crude, leading […]  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water as the sky is reflected in sheen on Barataria Bay, off the coast of Louisiana, in this June, 7, 2010 file photo. A high-stakes trial to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the spill began Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Botched safety test, extra drilling key to “reckless” BP ruling

A federal judge’s ruling that BP was reckless in the lead up to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hinged on the company’s decisions to drill deeper than was deemed safe and skip or misread well integrity tests, among other factors “motivated by profit.”  More »

Rigs in U.S. rose by 11 to 1,925, Baker Hughes says

The total energy rig count has almost doubled from five years ago as producers use horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to draw record volumes of oil and gas out of shale formations from North Dakota to Texas.  More »
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Punitive damages question lingers in BP oil spill case

The question of whether BP can be charged for punitive damages for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could compel the Supreme Court to take up the matter, legal experts say.  More »

Enterprise and Kinder Morgan to gauge demand for new pipelines

Enterprise Product Partners and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners are evaluating demand for two proposed two new pipelines serving the Utica region in Ohio and the Williston Basin region of North Dakota.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish plant. (photo/Ryan Holeywell)

NRG may expand carbon capture plans

NRG is installing technology at the W.A. Parish plant to capture carbon dioxide before it is emitted into the atmosphere.  More »
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Chevron Phillips Chemical sells manufacturing unit for $220 million

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is selling its polymer manufacturing business for $220 million.  More »
A cow grazes in front of wind turbines in La Ventosa, Mexico. (AP Photo/Luis Cruz Hernandez)

It’s not just oil, power due to be overhauled in Mexico

Mexico’s landmark energy reforms have mostly been discussed from the perspective of oil and gas production, but industry experts are also hoping the changes will prove transformative for Mexico’s electric power industry.  More »
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Officials seek federal board’s help on rail delays

Some believe the increased shipments from North Dakota’s western oil fields are largely behind the delays.  More »
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BP exec critiques oil spill reporting

On the eve of a federal judge ruling that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster resulted from gross negligence on the part of BP, a company executive was rapping hundreds of environmental reporters for not describing the “full picture” about the oil spill.  More »
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