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Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Top energy bosses buck trend of falling executive pay

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The 10 highest-paid executives in Houston last year all work in the energy industry and, despite domestic oil’s long and lingering swoon that began last summer, seven of them made more money than they did in high-flying 2013.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Return to drilling sends rig count up by 21

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Categories: Crude oil, featured

Top energy bosses buck trend of falling executive pay

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Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)
The 10 highest-paid executives in Houston last year all work in the energy industry and, despite domestic oil’s long and lingering swoon that began last summer, seven of them made more money than they did in high-flying 2013.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Return to drilling sends rig count up by 21

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U.S. drillers put more oil rigs to work this week than they have since last April, according to Friday’s Baker Hughes rig count.
Categories: Crude oil, featured
An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Commentary: Cracking Open A Window for Iran to Attain its “Economy of Resistance”

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Last May, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) managing director Rokneddin Javadi told International Oil Daily at a conference in Kuala Lumpur that Iran’s production would be able to pump an additional 1 million b/d within three to six months
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, photo, an activist waves a placard calling for the ban of fracking during a news conference outside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

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Frank McNulty, a Republican former state lawmaker who sponsored a pro-industry ballot measure in 2014, expects fracking opponents to turn to voters next year.

The MSV Fennica (Tom Doyle/Flickr)

Damaged Arctic icebreaker’s route questioned

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Newly analyzed marine tracking data shows a Shell-contracted icebreaker may have crossed through shallow waters that offered it little clearance.
Categories: Arctic, Politics/Policy
Michael O'Mara

Halliburton, Baker Hughes give feds more time to review merger

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Halliburton said it is still planning to sell three drilling businesses to make room for Baker Hughes once the deal is closed, but it also has told regulators, in the U.S. and overseas, that it will plan to sell off more units than it initially planned.
(Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Oil spills from Plains pumping station in Illinois

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The Houston-based company confirmed the release of an estimated 4,200 gallons of oil from the Pocahontas pump station on its Capwood Pipeline in Illinois, about 40 miles from St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Amid swell of interest, Baker Hughes unveils updated rig count app

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The decades-old Baker Hughes rig count is getting a 21st century facelift with its debut of a new smartphone app featuring the oil field services company’s weekly round-up of rigs hunting for oil and natural gas.
Categories: Crude oil, Markets
(Karen BLEIER/FILESKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge weighs whether environmentalists can join Exxon case

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The latest in the 11-year-old case between the Department of Environmental Protection and the petroleum company came Friday when Judge Michael Hogan heard roughly two hours of arguments from a coalition of seven environmental groups and state Sen. Raymond Lesniak on why they should be granted status as parties to the suit.
Categories: Environment, Refining