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A worker walks through Lyondell Chemical's complex  in Channelview, Texas. (AP fiel photo/David J. Phillip)

LyondellBasell profits climb 48 percent

The international chemical giant continued to capitalize on cheap raw materials cost while taking advantage of a tight U.S. market for ethylene.  More »
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Sept. 4 that BP acted recklessly and bears most of the responsibility for the 2010 oil spill. The ruling exposes BP to about $18 million in civil fines under the Clean Water Act. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Key testimony in BP oil spill ruling wasn’t excluded, DOJ says

That evidence played prominently in the judge’s finding that BP, owner of the Macondo well, was grossly negligent, a ruling that raises the stakes for the oil major  More »
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Regulators: Constitution pipeline’s environmental impact not significant

Regulators have concluded that the Constitution pipeline and related Wright Interconnect Project would have a less-than-significant impact on the environment in a final analysis released today.  More »

The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Contractor: Freeport LNG to break ground within weeks

Freeport LNG could break ground on its initial two liquefaction trains within a matter of weeks, a major contractor working on the project told investors Thursday.  More »
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CB&I third quarter profits up 37.5 percent

CB&I, the engineering and construction firm focused on energy infrastructure, reported a 37.5 percent percent increase in third quarter earnings as it continued benefit from the development of major oil, gas and petrochemical projects in North America.  More »
Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim al-Naimi. (AFP PHOTO)

Don’t assume Saudi crude drop was move to bolster prices

Brent crude jumped yesterday after a person familiar with the country’s oil policies said the amount it supplied to markets fell in September by 328,000 barrels a day.  More »
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Cabot’s profits soar 44 percent on climbing production

The Houston energy producer posted record high production thanks largely to its footprint in the Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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Getting new oil means fathoming the deep

Finding the oil is just the beginning, especially in the depths of the sea.  More »
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EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The decision makes the EU the first major economy to set post-2020 emissions targets ahead of a global climate pact that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris.  More »
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Environmental group urges Texas regulators to tackle methane

The Environmental Defense Fund says some major oil companies are taking steps to reduce leaks of the greenhouse gas methane, the main component of natural gas, but that hundreds of smaller companies aren’t.  More »
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Oil producers unite to lobby for crude exports

Fourteen of the nation’s largest independent oil companies are banding together to lobby for the right to export crude around the world. It’s a sign the industry is revving up for a big, coordinated push to dismantle those trade restrictions next year.  More »
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Exxon Mobil CEO: Not moving headquarters to Houston

ExxonMobil’s CEO on Thursday dashed Houston’s hopes that the multinational oil and gas giant would relocate its headquarters to Houston, saying he plans to continue to honor the company’s foundational principals to keep separate its executive suites from its operations.  More »
Nelson Bunker Hunt (left) chuckles after being found innocent along with his brother Wililam Herbert Hunt (right).  (AP Wire photo)

Hunt’s death revives memory of fortune lost on silver bet

To Nelson Bunker Hunt, the world was full of enemies.  More »
Oxfam activists dressed as corporate lobbyists of fossil fuel companies stage a demonstration ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on October 23, 2014 (AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

Poland says that EU’s proposed pace for increasing reliance on renewable energy sources is too fast for Eastern European countries that are trying to grow their economies as they restructure old, energy-dependent industries.  More »
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Wireless Seismic facing patent infringement suit

The Sugar Land-based company with investment from energy giants Total and Chesapeake is facing a federal lawsuit alleging that it’s infringing on a rival firm’s patents.  More »
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