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Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

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FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)
“It’s now just become part of our lives,” Patty Jensen said of the massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered in September 2013 by her husband.
Rigs stacked at a business 20 miles west of Farm-To-Market Road 1788 photographed Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Reporter-Telegram, James Durbin)

A single oil rig was shut down last week, extending six month decline

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As the price of oil seemingly began to stabilize for now near $60 a barrel, the U.S. oil rig count slowed its pace of decline down to a crawl. The number of U.S. oil rigs is now at 659, according to Baker Hughes data, after dropping by eight oil rigs a week prior.

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OTC: Houston’s museums offer a little bit of everything

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Here’s the sites the Houston Chronicle recommends for OTC attendees looking to get away from NRG Park for a day.
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In town for OTC? Catch these live events at Houston’s best venues

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For this year’s OTC, there are plenty of entertainment options at night for furthering discussion of offshore technology.
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A crowd gathers on the floor of the Offshore Technology Conference.

Dow Chemical at OTC: New technology is helping oil companies recycle all of that fracking waste water

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New technological advances have allowed oil companies to more easily convert drilling waste water to get reused in the oil patch, said Larry Ryan, president of Dow Chemical’s energy and water solutions business in an interview with Fuel Fix at the company’s booth at the Offshore Technology Conference.
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Scene from the Norwegian pavilion, operated by Innovation Norway, a conglomerate of companies, at the  Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Q&As from the floor of OTC: Day 2

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The Houston Chronicle has been interviewing attendees on the floor of OTC this week. Here’s five more interviews: some where conference veterans, while others were experiencing the event for the first time.
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From the left: Charlie Williams, executive director of the Center for Offshore Safety; Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau and Safety Environmental Enforcement; and Rear Admiral Joe Servidio of the U.S. Coast Guard sit on a panel about offshore safety during the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park on May 8. (Patric Schneider/Houston Chronicle)

OTC: Feds launch confidential tipline for offshore problems, aiming to find small problems before they get big

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When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. And now, there’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.

New LNG fueling station opens in San Antonio

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Natural gas vehicles have another place to refuel in San Antonio. TravelCenters of America LLC announced it has opened liquefied natural gas fueling lanes at its TA location at Exit 583 along Interstate 10 near Foster Road. TravelCenters operates the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. The San Antonio site has also been retrofitted to […]
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MHWirth drillship Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Panama officials at OTC say expanded canal could be a gateway to LNG business

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Panama could become an nexus of natural gas and LNG shipping for a fuel-hungry and growing region, the country’s government officials told OTC attendees Tuesday.
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