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The Baker Hughes research and development building in Tomball, Texas. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Baker Hughes earnings up 47 percent

Oilfield service company Baker Hughes’ profits rose 47 percent in the second quarter amid unprecedented demand for its services in North America, the company said Thursday morning.  More »
Tanker cars full of U.S.-produced oil are helping supply East Coast refineries. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Oil tanker phaseout could last years

Oil companies and railroads appear to be moving to phase out older, rupture-prone tank cars on a faster timeline than U.S. regulators are envisioning. Regulators are expected to propose a six-year timeline for scrapping those older, legacy tanker cars, which have been tied to recent, fiery explosions. That’s twice as long as one industry plan.  More »
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

U.S. sanctions hit Russian energy, other companies

Among the companies hit were OAO Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company,  More »
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Oil price rises on inventory draw, China growth

U.S. crude for August delivery rose $1.24 to close at $101.20 a barrel  More »
Rich Kinder of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in control room at office at Company's offices. (Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, Houston Chronicle)

Natural gas transportation needs boost Kinder Morgan revenue

Houston pipeline giant Kinder Morgan said it increased payouts to investors by 5 percent in the second quarter as surging natural gas production created demand for the company’s transportation infrastructure.  More »
A pumpjack operates at the Inglewood oil field in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

The residents of Los Angeles’ Wilmington area were among about a dozen speakers to address an EPA panel hearing.  More »
The Deely power plant (Photo: CSP Energy)

Feds predict slowdown in annual power plant growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity — enough to power xxx homes — by 2040.  More »
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to reporters during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Oil export advocate encouraged by discussions with administration

The leading Capitol Hill advocate for exporting U.S. crude said she is encouraged by the Obama administration’s focus on the issue, following a meeting with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she left the private session confident that “there are ongoing discussions within the (Commerce) department on this issue.”  More »
Some of the cars Google uses in its street view project now are equipped to sense natural gas leaks. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Google-gas: mapping cars search for pipeline leaks

Environmentalists have teamed up with Google to shine a spotlight on natural gas leaking from pipes buried under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island.  More »
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Schlumberger, Precision deal aims to increase drilling efficiencies

A Canadian driller is teaming up with Schlumberger to combine its walking rigs with the oil-field giant’s powerful rotary steering systems and other tools in a bid to literally cut corners in drilling shale reservoirs.  More »
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Council member George Campbell, left rear, talks with Mayor Chris Watts as council persons Anita Burgess and Dalton Gregory right, listen to Former Texas Railroad Commission executive director John Tintara, at podium, speak at a public hearing at City Hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Denton residents to vote on fracking ban in November

The Denton City Council voted down a petition 5-2 to ban new hydraulic fracturing after eight hours of testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November  More »
A gas station attendant pumps gas, in Portland, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Pump prices are on the move–and you’ll like the direction

Gasoline prices could fall an average of 10 to 20 cents per gallon in the coming weeks, following a decline in oil prices.  More »
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