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Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »
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Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »
In this March 29, 2013 file photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA)  gas well outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The state’s governor, John Hickenlooper, says the industry needs to talk about how it is reducing its environmental footprint.AP (Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,  More »
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Moody’s forecasts post-restructuring Kinder Morgan debt rating

Kinder Morgan’s restructuring after a $44 billion buyout of its family companies will leave the new company just above an investment-grade debt rating, analysts Moody’s Investors Service said in a Monday report.  More »

Crude climbs on strong economic reports

Oil for October delivery increased 51 cents to $93.86 a barrel.  More »
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Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »
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Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.  More »
Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Environmentalists ask Vatican to shun fossil fuel investments

Environmental activists who have persuaded universities and some churches to give up their investments in fossil fuels now are focusing their prayers on the pope.  More »
Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

Domestic crude begins to cut into Saudi U.S. sales volumes

Until recently, Saudi Arabia’s volume of oil sales to the United States grew even as overall imports fell.  More »
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Noble-Consol joint venture plans Marcellus Shale midstream IPO

Cone Midstream Partners LP, a joint venture between Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based Consol Energy Inc. and Houston’s Noble Energy Inc., filed for a $350 million initial public offering of limited partner interests on Aug. 25. The number and price range for the offering weren’t disclosed.  More »
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Commentary: Mark Wahlberg and Deepwater Horizon? I’m skeptical but cautiously optimistic

I’ve written in the past about my skepticism when it comes to Hollywood depicting the oil & gas industry, and unfortunately I don’t see much reason or incentive for this film to take a different course.  More »
Steven Trevino, program manager for the Pipeline Research Council International,  takes ultrasonic thickness readings on a section of pipeline at the council's research center in Houston. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain, July 24, 2014)

Q&A: Houston repository helps industry study pipe failures

The industry-supported Pipeline Research Council International is collecting failed pipes in a Houston repository so companies can test how well their monitoring devices detect real-world defects.  More »
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