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Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Exxon Mobil earnings fall 52 percent

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Categories: Crude oil, featured
Lower prices cost oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil’s upstream business $4.5 billion, the company said.

Exxon Mobil earnings fall 52 percent

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Categories: Crude oil, featured
Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)
Lower prices cost oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil’s upstream business $4.5 billion, the company said.
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Shell to ax thousands of jobs amid $7 billion in spending cuts

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The company, which in April said it was confident prices would return to $90 a barrel in three years, on Thursday said that “today’s oil price downturn could last for several years.”

Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform heads to the Gulf of Mexico. The project was slated to start production this year, but that's been delayed after several subsea installation tendons sustained damage. (Chevron)

Liberal group says White House should use Gulf of Mexico auction to secure parks spending

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Preserving the 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund that pays for parks and public spaces requires a “bold fight” by the Obama administration, the Center for American Progress argues. The program, which is mostly funded by offshore oil and gas revenue, is set to expire in September.
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BHP Billiton makes $2.8 billion writedown in Texas shale

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BHP’s announcement comes at a time when U.S. shale is suffering because of low prices for natural gas and oil, the latter of which is hovering near $52 a barrel.

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Iran oil boost on hold to 2016 as nuclear inspectors go to work

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OPEC’s fourth-largest member won’t achieve a crude-export boost of more than 500,000 barrels a day, or about 50 percent, until next year as Iran’s compliance with curbs on its nuclear program is verified, a pair of banks said.
Over thirty oil drilling rigs are idle in a Helmerich & Payne, Inc. yard along Groening Street in Odessa, Texas, as rig counts drop in the Permian Basin, Monday, May 18, 2015. (Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP)

Sabine sixth U.S. producer to seek bankruptcy protection this year

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Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the sixth and the largest U.S. oil producer yet to file for bankruptcy because of cheap oil prices.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

House reps rap pipeline regulator for slow action on safeguards

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The stalled reforms include regulations governing how quickly companies must notify authorities after a pipeline spill, leak detection systems and the use of automatic and remote-control shut-off valves that can be triggered in emergencies to swiftly halt flowing oil and natural gas.
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Commentary: ERCOT Seeks Fee Increase

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ERCOT wants to increase its revenues — and it’s seeking another rate hike to make it happen.
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson)

Michigan wants to ban heavy oil from an Enbridge pipeline running under a Great Lakes waterway

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The Great Lakes would be at “greatest risk” from a spill of “diluted bitumen” oil from Canada’s tar sands region, according to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, who led a yearlong task force studying pipeline issues.