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Firefighters battle a blaze caused this week by a lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility near Alexander, N.D. In just over a month, lightning strikes have destroyed three of the state's more than 440 saltwater disposal facilities. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.  More »
The sun rises over a drilling site in Frio County, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Swaps could be next way around oil export ban

Energy companies already have found one way to export some of the crude pouring out of Texas wells, despite a longstanding ban on selling U.S. oil overseas. Now they’re looking at another strategy.  More »
The late Houston pipeline tycoon and philanthropist Dan Duncan donated millions to charities. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

New Forbes list of billionaire families ranks Duncan heirs No. 10

The heirs of Houston pipeline tycoon and philanthropist Dan Duncan rank No. 10 on a new Forbes list of billionaire families.  More »
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A multibillion-dollar expansion of  Dow Chemical Co's Freeport complex is one of many Gulf Coast petrochemical projects driven partly by low-priced U.S. natural gas.  (Dow Chemical Co. photo)

Surge of industrial projects could lift U.S. gas demand by 19 percent

A wave of gas-to-liquids investments and other U.S. industrial projects will likely boost demand for natural gas by 19 to 31 percent through the end of the decade, a new study shows.  More »
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, talks with his attorneys Shaun Clarke, left, and David Gerger, right, as they enter Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans on  Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

There is no indication when the court panel will rule.  More »
Calpine's Magic Valley project near Edinburg, Texas (Photo: Calpine)

Calpine sells six plants for $1.6 billion

Calpine Corp. closed on the sale of six power plants, the power generator said in an Securities and Exchange Commission filing today, bringing in nearly $1.6 billion.  More »
An artist's rendering shows the  industry-backed Pipeline Research Council International's  $10 million Technology Development Center in Northwest Houston,  scheduled for completion early in 2015. (Pipeline Research Council International photo)

$10 million pipeline research center to open in Houston

An industry-supported research center under construction in Houston will provide facilities for testing and evaluating pipelines in a move to reduce sometimes-disastrous ruptures.  More »
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Drillers: BP can’t escape liabilities by blaming feds for moratorium

Plaintiffs’ attorneys say BP can’t dismiss lawsuits from drillers and oil-field service companies by arguing it was the federal government’s fault they lost money during the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium in 2010.  More »
Welders work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of Keystone XL's southern leg in Prague, Oklahoma. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Groups tell Obama: Don’t wait on Keystone

WASHINGTON — Forty-four groups representing oil companies, truckers, manufacturers and other interests on Tuesday implored Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would ferry Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast.  More »
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EU’s united front on Russia falling amid gas needs

A clutch of countries is breaking ranks with the EU’s efforts to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia over Ukraine and building a pipeline meant to carry huge amounts of Russian gas to their doorstep  More »
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Macquarie fund buys terminals business in American expansion

A fund managed by Macquarie Group Ltd. agreed to take full control of a U.S. bulk liquid terminals operation for $1.03 billion in cash and stock as Australia’s largest investment bank expands its North American businesses.  More »
Ben Davenport, 19, stands in front of compressors and other equipment at Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Milford, Pa.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Industry, schools partnering to train oil field workers

Educational programs popping up in Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota that aim to help oil companies find enough workers to install pipeline, monitor wells and fix equipment.  More »
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