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(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)
The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil industry needs half a trillion dollars to endure price slump

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If oil stays at about $40 a barrel, the shakeout could be profound.

A wind farm under construction off the southeast side of Block Island R.I., July 21, 2015. A few miles off the coast, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 840-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. (Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times)

First U.S. offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution

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While there’s plenty of potential energy to harness, offshore wind has been mostly stymied by high costs. Onshore turbines are some of the cheapest sources of electricity, with an average cost of about $85 a megawatt-hour, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Coal costs about $90.
Categories: Wind
NuStar Energy LP has invested millions of dollars to transform the only refinery in San Antonio’s city limits, which was once owned by AGE Refining. Photo: Photo By Robin Jerstad/Special T / SA

NuStar Energy’s net income declines

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Pipeline partnership NuStar Energy LP on Friday reported second-quarter 2015 net income applicable to limited partners of $42.4 million, or 54 cents a unit, compared with $43.6 million, or 56 cents a unit, for the same period a year ago.
Categories: Crude oil

Commentary: U.S. Energy Exports Are Fundamental Global Energy Security

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Very rarely does Congress put the level of effort and attention into one topic as they have in debating domestic energy exports. But rightfully so. The shale oil and natural gas revolution has dramatically changed the U.S. energy portfolio in ways most could not have predicted and our current policies tuned to the notion of […]
Categories: featured, General, p2
A Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. natural gas drilling rig operates in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. (Cabot Oil)

Cabot CEO: “Better days ahead” after second-quarter loss of $27.5 million

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Stubbornly low natural gas prices caused Cabot Oil & Gas Corp to lose $27.5 million in the second quarter, but a new pipeline in the works should help the company more easily move its gas to market and fetch better prices, CEO, Chairman and President Dan Dinges said Friday.
Categories: featured, Natural gas
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Flotilla of European gasoline tankers fuels U.S. driving binge

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Surging demand and rising prices for gasoline in the U.S. are luring about double the number of tankers compared with 2014, boosting shipping rates to the highest seasonal levels in seven years.
Categories: Gasoline
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BP asks Montana judge to dismiss lawsuit alleging deceit

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Attorneys for BP asked a Montana judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit by the state alleging the oil giant has deliberately concealed information for decades.
Categories: Crude oil, Legal issues
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I reports net profit, new contracts

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CB&I said it made a net profit of $169.5 million, or $1.55 million per diluted share, during the April through June period, which was up from $142.4 million during the same time last year when the company was struggling more financially. The total revenues were down slightly at $3.2 billion from $3.3 billion last year.
Categories: Africa, General, LNG