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No OPEC output cut this month, Kuwait oil minister says

OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have resisted calls to cut output while Libya, Venezuela and Ecuador have asked for action to prevent even lower prices.  More »
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and China's President Xi Jinping, right, smile during signing ceremony in Shanghai, China on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. China signed a long-awaited, 30-year deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth some $400 billion in a financial and diplomatic boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin.  (Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

Russia, China add to $400 billion gas deal with accord

Russian oil firm OAO Gazprom is negotiating the supply of as much as 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually from developments in West Siberia to China over 30 years.  More »
Amit Lang, director general of Israel's  Ministry of Economy, visited Houston seeking investment in  Israel's energy sector.
 (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)

Now energy-rich, Israel seeks oil and gas partners

Amit Lang, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Economy, was in Houston recently seeking investment in the country’s nascent energy industry, and says it can offer high-tech water treatment and cyber-security technology in return.  More »

Alan Roberts, 53, gets a haircut from Josie Wimberley at a man camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas. An oilfield worker all his adult life, Roberts said, "The good old days were the hard old days. If you lived on a drilling rig, you lived in a little room with six or eight guys on top of you." (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Photos: Amid shale oil boom, “man camps” still growing

Life has changed quickly for the small towns at the center of the shale oil boom  More »
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

KiOR says it owes $312 million because it missed payment

Biofuel maker KiOR missed a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi.  More »
A male sage grouse performing  his "strut". (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

In final hours, Coloradans work to avert ‘threatened’ ruling on bird

State and local officials are pleading with the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide an Endangered Species Act listing is “not warranted” for the bird, ahead of a court-mandated Nov. 12 deadline.  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)

Iraqi ambassador says negotiations continue with Kurdistan over oil

Iraq’s ambassador to the United States said Friday that he “sees positive signs” in the recently launched negotiations between Iraq and Kurdistan regarding oil revenue-sharing agreements, among other points of dispute.  More »
In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014,  file photo, homes are covered in snow and ice in Chicago (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Natural gas storage on track to recover from last winter’s lows

Natural gas storage inventories usually rise over the summer months and are drawn down in the winter as the fuel is used to heat homes.  More »
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U.S. jobs report helps send oil prices higher

Oil for December delivery rose 74 cents to settle at $78.65 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christie Craddick. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.  More »
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

CenterPoint giving refunds to Midwestern customers ahead of winter

The happy forecast from utilities, weather forecasters and the federal government predict that last winter’s record cold won’t repeat.  More »
(Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Transocean expects $2.76 billion in writedowns

Swiss drilling contractor Transocean has written off $2.76 billion in book value for its offshore rigs as it faces falling day rates and weaker demand for deep-water drilling.  More »
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Output cut talk builds ahead of OPEC Vienna meeting

Here’s how four analysts across Europe and the U.S. see the Nov. 27 meeting playing out.  More »
Delegates to the 2013 Winter NAPE Expo visit the booth from Australia in the International Pavilion. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Former Petrohawk president takes shale expertise to Australia

Australia has the world’s seventh-largest shale gas resources.  More »
A worker switches well heads at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Illinois lawmakers approve fracking rules

A number of key details were not disclosed, including how the state plans to fund the hiring of new workers to oversee the practice.  More »
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