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Chemical Safety Board prevails in Deepwater Horizon case

In a dispute over Deepwater Horizon documents, the International Association of Drilling Contractors has warned that a court ruling in favor of the Chemical Safety Board would upset decades of precedent governing the offshore oil sector.  More »
USW workers rally in front to the Shell Building and City Hall on Friday, March 6, 2015 in Houston, TX. (For the Chronicle by Thomas B. Shea)

UPDATE: Steelworkers, Shell reach tentative deal to end refinery strikes

The union and Shell, which is representing the industry in the talks, had been in continuous negotiations since Monday.  More »
A Frank's International crew works on a rig. (Frank's International handout photo)

Frank’s International to buy oil-tool firm for $95 million

Both firms have businesses running piping and casing for oil companies that are constructing wells, part of the post-drilling processes that lead firms to extract the first barrels of oil out of the ground.  More »
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The sun rises over a drilling site in Frio County, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

OSHA says company involved in Midland explosion had violation in 2014

The violation, which took place in February 2014, was related to “flammable and combustible liquids” and was specifically for “sources of ignition,” according to OSHA’s website.  More »
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DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of U.S. power by 2030

Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a “ambitious but credible scenario” outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published Thursday.  More »
Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Continued cold weather driving natural gas demand

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that working gas in storage fell by 198 billion cubic feet for the week ending March 6.  More »
Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Ohio deep injection well seeks to reopen after quakes

American Water Management Services asked the Oil and Gas Commission at a Wednesday hearing to lift a state chief’s order that shut down the well at its Weathersfield site, near Warren, last fall.  More »
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Fuel-thirsty California looks to Eastern Canada, Asia for supply

Tankers are bound for California after a spate of refinery shutdowns that propelled the premium for the state’s special blend of gasoline to a seasonal record.  More »
Photographer: Rich Press.

How Europe’s oil companies are profiting from the slump

Although better known for their oil fields, refineries, and petrol stations, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA are also the world’s biggest oil traders.  More »
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Court upholds ruling on ‘seaman’s manslaughter’ in BP case

The decision could open the way for a trial on 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter.  More »
Energy Laboratories analytic chemist Josie Pickard works with a sample of fish being tested on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in the wake of the oil spill on the Yellowstone River near Glendive. (AP Photo/The Billings Gazette, Casey Page)

Oil shipments to resume in pipeline that broke under river

Cleanup is on hold near the small city of Glendive, where the water supply for 6,000 residents was temporarily contaminated.  More »
This July 8, 2013 file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press,File)

Trains carrying crude in Canada to face tougher safety standards

The latest Transport Canada proposals, published online Wednesday, go beyond earlier announcements by requiring rail cars carrying crude to have thicker steel, full “head shields,” mandatory thermal “jacket” protection among other upgrades.  More »
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Groups sue BLM, Interior Department over drilling in northwest New Mexico

The groups filed their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Interior Department in federal court as a small group of activists rallied outside the State Capitol.  More »
United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Strike talks move into third day

Negotiators from the United Steelworkers union and Shell Oil Co. met Wednesday for a third consecutive day of talks this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the discussions went into the evening hours. The talks are taking place in Houston at an undisclosed location. Negotiators are trying to resolve the strike that began Feb. 1 and […]  More »
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From Canadian to Californian crude, big carbon differences found

The new oil-climate index delves into the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the wide spectrum of oil produced today — from light, gassy condensate to thick, sludgy bitumen.  More »
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