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Apache attempts to reassure investors about N. American focus

In response to complaints from an activist hedge fund, Houston-based Apache Corp. said it will continue to focus more closely on North American onshore exploration and production.  More »
Colombia produced about 969,000 barrels per day of oil in 2012 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Ambassador: Colombia won’t be deterred by attacks on oil infrastructure

Colombia’s ambassador to the United States said the country is not experiencing a dramatic decline in energy production this year despite rebel attacks on oil and gas pipelines and facilities.  More »
sraeli soldiers kneel during a drill near the Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Geopolitical tensions seen keeping oil prices high

U.S. benchmark crude fell 17 cents to $104.42 a barrel.  More »
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Natural gas vote leaves fueling stations without standard

A group of statue regulators failed to agree on a standard for selling liquefied natural gas by its equivalence to a gallon of diesel fuel.  More »
Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Regulator: New oil train rules could have wide reach

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will go beyond requiring changes to the tank cars.  More »
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Oil prices rise above $104; natural gas sinks

Natural gas prices sank further below $4 on forecasts for cooler temperatures in parts of the U.S.  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

University Fund gets a boost from Texas oil production

A fund that directs state oil royalties to Texas A&M and the University of Texas is approaching $1 billion in revenue for this year.  More »
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Chevron’s $1.4 billion base oil facility comes online in Mississippi

Chevron Corp. has begun production of motor oil and industrial equipment lubricants at a $1.4 billion facility in Pascagoula, Miss.  More »
Halliburton workers are shown at a natural gas drilling site near Ponder, Texas. (Donna McWilliam/AP)

North American production bolsters Halliburton profits 21 percent

Halliburton cleared a 21 percent profit boost in the second quarter as demand for oil production equipment climbed in North America and drills kept spinning in the eastern hemisphere, the company said Monday.  More »
(Image: EPA) Improvements in fuel efficiency will drive down energy demand among passenger vehicles in the coming decades.

Report: Fuel-efficiencies drive down passenger vehicles’ energy demands

Passenger vehicles will burn less fuel in the coming decades as automobile manufacturers make more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, slashing energy demand even as more Americans hit the road, a new report finds.  More »
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TETRA’s gas compression arm to make $825M acquisition

A unit of TETRA Technologies said Sunday it will pay $825 million for a West Texas firm that owns one of the largest fleets of natural gas compressors in the nation.  More »
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Case shows perils of standard language in non-binding deals

A lawsuit over a pipeline dispute could affect how companies draw up documents for preliminary partnership agreements.  More »
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