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Of the six states where the mining sector – including businesses that extract oil and natural gas – comprised more than 10 percent of the state’s economy in 2013, five saw both better than average overall economic growth as well as growth within the mining sector, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (AP file photo/Reed Saxon)

Oil and mining claim larger share of some states’ total economies

Of the six states where the mining sector – including businesses that extract oil and natural gas – comprised more than 10 percent of the state’s economy in 2013, five saw both better than average overall economic growth as well as growth within the mining sector, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
Houston-based Magnum Resources Corp. announced it plans to relocate to the Dallas area. (Flickr/dph1110)

Magnum Hunter to move from Houston to Dallas

HOUSTON — Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., the Houston-based exploration and production company, will move its corporate headquarters to Dallas around the end of the year, the company announced this week. The company also said it will consolidate its accounting office based in Grapevine, a suburb of Dallas, into its new corporate headquarters. Chairman and CEO Gary […]  More »
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Exxon drilling Russian Arctic shows oil sanctions lack bite

After more than two years’ planning Exxon and its partner OAO Rosneft, Russia’s state oil producer, will start drilling the Universitetskaya prospect tomorrow, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.  More »
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Private oil companies soon could partner with Mexico's Pemex on operations like this in the Bay of Campeche. (Susana Gonzalez photo/Bloomberg)

Mexico’s new energy rules could bring profits and problems

Private oil companies will look carefully before they leap into Mexico’s new energy environment.  More »
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Insurance industry changes with energy industry

Newer areas for insurance companies to cover include shale gas, wind turbines and transporting oil by railroads, a speaker said at the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Energy Symposium.  More »
A new solar-diesel powered disaster relief vehicle and 26-foot trailer is put on display at Reliant Center Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Houston. The vehicle is designed to deliver immediate power, emergency shelter, access to news and information and Wi-Fi internet connectivity to those in need. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

NRG reports $97 million loss as it outlines reorganization

NRG Energy Inc. suffered a $97 million in the second quarter, the company reported Thursday as it outlined plans to reorganize.  More »
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Action in Iraq sends crude prices upward

Oil for September delivery gained 42 cents to settle at $97.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
The drilling rig Aker Barents in the Barents Sea.  (AP  Photo/Harald Pettersen / Statoil via Scanpix Norway, FILE)

Norway’s Statoil comes up dry at Arctic wells

Statoil said this year’s exploration campaign ended without any commercial discoveries.  More »
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Insurance agents need to learn about energy, too

The first part of the day revolved on world events and their influence – perceived or real – on the oil industry as well as increasing U.S. oil production and what that means for OPEC.  More »
Cheniere Energy already is expanding this LNG plant in Louisiana, but federal agencies are in conflict over plans for a Texas facility. (Cheniere Energy)

Feds vs. feds: EPA questions energy agency’s environmental review

The Environmental Protection Agency says another federal agency hasn’t fully addressed how a proposed liquefied natural gas export plant in Corpus Christi might affect air, water and wildlife in the region.  More »
A drilling rig in the Utica Shale. (Chesapeake)

McClendon’s American Energy, Regency to build $500M Utica pipeline

A $500 million pipeline planned for next year could carry natural gas from Aubrey McClendon’s growing web of gas wells in Ohio to the Gulf Coast and several mid-western and southern states.  More »
An aerial view of the Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. Sempra Energy is the majority owner of Cameron LNG. (Photo: Cameron LNG)

Companies take a big step toward LNG export plant in Louisiana

Sempra Energy, GDF Suez and other investors have made a final decision to move forward with a liquefied natural gas export plant in Hackberry, La.  More »
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