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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil and gas listings on job websites fell by half after industry cutbacks

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Job openings at companies like Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP represent only a fraction of the total number of listings on Indeed.com, a leading website for job seekers across the globe. But in aftermath of a global crude slump, those postings now make up an even smaller percentage of the total listings than they did before.
Student Paul Denetdeale practices at a pipe welding school operated by Fluor, a major construction contractor, Feb. 13, 2014 in Houston. Flour is leading training classes for some workers who will eventually learn the skills they need to do pipe welding. The training classes are critical to shore up the construction labor pool.

(Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Fluor forms joint venture with China offshore giant

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The energy construction and engineering company is teaming up with the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC, and its subsidiary, the Offshore Oil Engineering Co., to form the new COOEC Flour Heavy Industries Co.
Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, in Oklahoma City on June 6, 2012.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Aubrey McClendon pursuing $100 million deal for drilling rights in Australia

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McClendon co-founded Chesapeake in 1989 and built it into a U.S. gas titan before his ouster in a 2013 investor revolt.
(Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Bones at proposed Shell plant in Pennsylvania likely from old graves

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Howard Pollman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, tells the Beaver County Times that two skulls and other remains were found by workers Aug. 6.
Categories: Refining
(Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi stocks bear market as oil slides on supply glut

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An unexpected increase in U.S. crude stockpiles and record oil production from Saudi Arabia in June has deepened concern that growing oversupply will continue to impact oil prices as nations tussle over market share.
Categories: Middle East

Commentary: Fossil Fuels are the Solution, Not the Problem

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The George C. Marshall Institute has recently released a study on fossil fuels and the economic well-being, http://marshall.org/energy-policy/fossilfuel-energy-and-economic-wellbeing.   It describes why energy is an essential input to economic activity. Because fossil fuels are such a large part of the world’s energy supply, they play a dominant role in enabling people everywhere to enjoy a […]
Categories: General
Attendees gather on the floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center on Aug. 19, 2015, for the summer North American Prospect Expo, or NAPE. (Stephen Elliot of MudProductions.com, via NAPE)

At NAPE, some see natural gas drillers as next buyers of battered oil fields

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At the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday, wildcatters gathered to negotiate deals for oil and gas properties in Texas and elsewhere during the industry’s largest oil lease swap-meet, the summer NAPE.