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Oil near $99 after China manufacturing drops

The price of oil fell slightly Monday following a drop in China’s manufacturing.  More »
AmeriMex Motor & Controls, LLC CEO, Josh Preuher and colleagues, talks with US Congressman Gene Green, Monday, March 10, 2014 during a tour of the AmeriMex facilities in Houston, Texas. (Todd Spoth)

Hybrid engine uses less fuel while drilling for it

At a plant east of downtown Houston, a North Carolina company is building hybrid power systems for oil rigs.  More »
Sweeny is the largest refinery by capacity in the portfolio of Phillips 66, Houston’s biggest Fortune 500 company. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Phillips 66 expands area facilities with gaze focused abroad

Originally built by the U.S. government to process fuel for Allied aircraft during World War II, Phillips 66′s Sweeny plant now is the largest refinery by capacity in the portfolio of Phillips 66, Houston’s biggest Fortune 500 company.  More »
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Prosecutors ask $197M fine for CITGO in 2006 spill

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Justice Department wants a federal judge to fine Citgo Petroleum Corp. at least $197 million in a Clean Water Act enforcement lawsuit filed in a 2006 oil spill at the company’s Lake Charles refinery. The Advocate reports the Justice Department argued in court filings this month that the legal maximum […]  More »
A Helmerich & Payne employee works on a drill in the Piceance Basin on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in 2009. 
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Report: Increased rig demand lifting drillers’ prospects in 2014

Helmerich & Payne and other early adopters of new rig advances have held an edge over latecomers with older models, but the technology gap is narrowing and a recent upturn in demand may begin leveling the field, according to a report released this week.  More »
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

Judge rules Anadarko emails don’t show fault in Gulf oil spill

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) officials urged BP Plc to drill deeper into the Gulf of Mexico well that caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history even after BP warned that doing so would be unsafe.  More »
Trimac Transportation driver Robert Williams used the liquified natural gas lane to fill his truck at the Flying J truck stop on I-10 East in Baytown Thursday Aug. 23, 2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Texans boost natural gas use for driving, but not for power

Texans increased their use of natural gas to fuel cars and trucks in 2013, but reduced its use to power lights and appliances, according to new federal data.  More »
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More Texas shale gas soon will head to Mexico

Federal regulators have approved Energy Transfer Partners’ plan to extend one of its pipelines from South Texas into Mexico.  More »
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Chevron launches news site for California town

The Richmond Standard offers a daily stream of local news, crime and sports stories, with an emphasis on short, entertaining features.  More »
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Feds clearing path for Pacific wave energy test

The Interior Department is sending out a feeler for companies interested in harnessing wave power off the Pacific Northwest before allowing a Oregon State University project to advance.  More »
Snehal Desai is the global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, based in Edina, Minnesota. He is responsible for developing and implementing growth strategy for DW&PS and leading the 1800 people who work in the business. (Dow)

Guest commentary: World Water Day puts focus on new sustainability challenge

Water is essential to all of our lives. But Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, explains that we don’t have to choose between clean water and energy resources.  More »
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Oil rises above $99 amid new sanctions on Russia

The price of oil extended losses Friday as seasonal maintenance of refineries crimps U.S. demand and a stronger dollar makes the commodity more expensive.  More »
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