Fuel Fix

Striking United Steelworker Union members picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Deer Park.

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Workers in refinery strike still off the job

Local issues must be worked out and a contract ratified at each facility before employees return to work.  More »
A heavy duty jack-up rig drills over the Forties Echo platform (Apache Corp.)

Supply vessel hits Apache platform; company says no injuries or spills

Apache said the platform has been shut down but there hasn’t been any leak of oil or gas. It’s unclear when production will resume.  More »
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Gasoline prices falling again on crude plunge

After 40 days of climbing, gasoline prices have started falling again as crude continues to tumble, offsetting seasonal increases in fuel prices.  More »
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U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia warns of kidnapping plot against Western oil workers

Affiliates of terrorist groups may be planning to kidnap Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia warned over the weekend.  More »
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OPEC expects U.S. oil production to fall in late 2015

OPEC pegs the potential decline in U.S. liquids output at 80,000 barrels a day in the second half of the year, down from a peak of 13.71 million barrels a day in the second quarter to 13.63 million barrels a day by the fourth quarter.  More »
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Murray Energy to buy controlling stake in Foresight for $1.4 billion

Combined, the companies will control 9 billion tons of coal reserves, Murray Energy said.  More »
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EIA: Electricity prices rose at fastest rate in six years in 2014

Residential electricity prices surged last year for residents in many of the country, but 2015′s rate hikes are expected to be less dramatic, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
(AP file photo/Mary Altaffer)

Crude falls to lowest point since 2009 in early trading

The benchmark futures price for a barrel of crude fell to its lowest point since prices began to slide last summer in early trading Monday.  More »
Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform is headed to the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to begin production this year. (Chevron)

Chevron’s massive Big Foot platform heads to Gulf of Mexico

With the finishing touches complete, Big Foot shipped out from Corpus Christi on Saturday morning en route to the Gulf of Mexico where it will float in the Walker Ridge area, 225 miles south of New Orleans.  More »
(AP file photo/John Moore)

Saudi oil adviser says strengthening demand will lift prices

Prices have stopped falling at about $60 a barrel as expanding demand helps contain the global glut.  More »
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Norway has an $18 billion plan to shift away from oil

Western Europe’s biggest crude producer is facing what central bank Governor Oeystein Olsen calls a “period of restructuring” amid plunging oil prices.  More »
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Out of Keystone debate’s glare, pipelines going in nationwide

While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, lesser-known developments have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation’s domestic oil network.  More »
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Algeria oil corruption trial begins after 5-year delay

In a packed courthouse that included the ambassadors of Italy, the U.S. and Germany, prosecutors read out the charges against former head of Sonatrach, Mohammed Meziane, his two sons, and 16 other company officials.  More »
Delegates attend an economic conference, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, March 14, 2015. Egypt raked in promises of more than $12 billion in investment and aid from its Gulf Arab allies on Friday, kicking off an international conference aimed at rescuing the country's gutted economy and giving a political boost to its soldier-turned-president. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi made his case for the world's support, depicting Egypt as vital to regional stability and a bulwark against Islamic militancy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Businesses upbeat on Egypt’s chances at investment meeting

Saturday’s focus shifted to the private sector, with several companies announcing agreements, including some from Germany’s Siemens AG that were the largest single package signed at the three-day conference.  More »
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

U.S. appeals part of ruling in BP spill case

The judge’s decision that shaved more than $4 billion off the maximum pollution penalties BP must pay.  More »
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