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Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias, man a checkpoint in al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on March 25, 2015. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

The fight over oil money in a split Libya is complicating the country’s efforts to boost exports

Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, has been split since last year when a coalition of Islamist militias captured Tripoli, forcing the elected government to move to the eastern region.  More »
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

A Texas wind power company is scrapping its Eastern Shore project amid political opposition

Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to “unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks.”  More »
A trailer park occupied mostly by oil workers is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

North Dakota will send more oil tax revenue to boom towns grappling with growth

North Dakota’s state fund currently sets aside 75 percent of some oil tax revenues for the state and 25 percent for local governments.  More »
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Smoke and flames erupt from the scene of a train derailment Thursday, March 5, 2015, near Galena, Ill. A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed around 1:20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)

Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades

The industry in 2011 voluntarily adopted rules requiring sturdier tank cars for hauling flammable liquids such as oil and ethanol. But cars built to the new standard split open in at least four accidents during the past year.  More »
(Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

Cheap oil is squeezing property owners in energy hubs

The 50 percent plunge in crude values since June is already dragging down property prices in Texas.  More »
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U.S. refiners can bulk up to consume more domestic oil

A new report from the Energy Information Administration suggests refiners can — and will — invest in new equipment to process the light oil flowing out of U.S. wells today, but a debate over crude exports could undermine some of those plans.  More »
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey posts details of Exxon Mobil settlement

Details of the proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne were posted online Monday,  More »
A Tenaris Conroe employee lines up a stack of pipes so a Petibone forklift can pick the up to put into another pile waiting to be finished for sale Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Conroe.  (Nick de la Torre/Chronicle)

Hundreds more Houston-area jobs cut as oil-equipment demand falls

Falling oil prices have prompted businesses affiliated with the the energy industry to announce more than 400 job cuts in the Houston area as demand for their products and services falls.  More »
Greenpeace activist Andreas Widlund, 27, from Sweden, climbs onto the Transocean Polar Pioneer on Monday, April 6, 2015, as the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin heaves it across the Pacific Ocean. Widlund is one of six activists who scaled the drilling rig contracted by Shell Oil Co., in a bid to draw attention to the company's plans to sink new exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska. (Photo: (c) Greenpeace)

Arctic activists scale Shell-contracted rig

The six activists climbed aboard the Polar Pioneer as it is being heaved across the Pacific Ocean, on its way to the United States.  More »
A Red-Tailed Hawk flies past a wind turbine on Monday Dec. 9, 2013, at a wind farm that sits on newly acquired property by the East Bay Regional Park District near Livermore, California. (Associated Press)

California wind farm operator donated to backers

Opponents of the wind power company say extending its permit to continue operating means three more years of potentially disastrous effects on the population of golden eagles in the region.  More »
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Energy secretary calls Iran nuke deal a “forever agreement”

Under the agreement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said all plutonium created as a byproduct of Iran’s nuclear power production would be sent out of the country so it couldn’t be used to make weapons.  More »
Representatives from the United Steel Workers Union (USW) hold a rally at the entrance to the Marathon refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky. Saturday Feb. 7, 2015. About 3,800 steelworkers began a strike Feb. 1 at refineries from California to Kentucky, saying that negotiations with Shell Oil Co. had broken down. Shell is negotiating the national contract for other oil companies.   (AP Photo/The Independent, Kevin Goldy)

Striking refinery workers in Kentucky will return to work this week

The USW workers went on strike Feb. 1 as part of the original nine sites that launched a nationwide walk out.  More »
Kijjiketchme Southern-Fox, from Salisbury, Md., protests proposed offshore oil and gas development in Atlantic waters outside a March 9 public meeting in Annapolis, Md. Southern-Fox said he is concerned about the potential ecological damage of oil development -- "a spill is inevitable anywhere they drill; it's just a matter of time" -- but also wants to see the United States transition swiftly away from fossil fuels. "Even if they were to open up a drill in the ocean and even if it never spilled, we'd still be dealing with the carbon output," he said.

Tensions ignite on East Coast as White House weighs Atlantic drilling

The prospect of a new generation of Atlantic drilling is stirring a heated debate up and down the East Coast.  More »
Russ Girling, President & CEO, TransCanada Corporation, participates in the "Upstream Plenary: Opportunity Rich or Poor? State of the Global Upstream" during CERA Week at the Hilton Americas on March 4, 2014, in Houston. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

TransCanada CEO cites new Beluga whale protections in delaying Energy East pipeline

TransCanada’s has said it won’t build an oil export facility in Québec as part of its Energy East pipeline project.  More »
The lobby of the Baker Hughes office in Houston. (Julio Cortez / Houston Chronicle)

Baker Hughes closes Bryan office, lays off 54 employees

Baker Hughes is closing its Bryan office and laying off 54 employees, marking the latest reduction for the Houston-based oil field services company.  More »
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