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David Vaucher

Voices contributor debuts on issues for young energy professionals

David Vaucher, an associate director with IHS CERA, gives voice to the next generation of energy industry leaders as the newest FuelFix Voices contributor in Building Hydrocarbon Bonds.  More »
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Women fill nearly half of new oil industry jobs

Women scored nearly half of all new oil industry jobs during the first quarter of this year, according to Paul Caplan, president of Rigzone. It could signal a major turning point for an industry in which men make up about 80 percent of the workforce.  More »
Crewmen lower a pipe for TransCanada's Keystone XL project into the ground in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone wait weighs on smaller oil producers

Growth prospects for smaller oil-sands producers including BlackPearl Resources Inc. (PXX) and Southern Pacific Resource Corp. (STP) are fading as political wrangling over the Keystone XL pipeline and rising U.S. supply slow deals in the Canadian energy industry.  More »
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A member of ExxonMobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (Courtney Spradlin /AP/Log Cabin Democrat)

Group of Ark. residents sue Exxon after oil spill

Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after a pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower.  More »
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Oil, gas influence on Colorado politics questioned

The oil and gas industry in Colorado exerts an outsize influence in Colorado politics. A report out Thursday questions how energy producers benefit from spending generously on lobbying and political donations.  More »

OPEC to meet amid Iran-Saudi tensions

Once the symbol of oil dominance, OPEC faces new challenges as its members gather for a ministerial meeting this week on how much crude to pump.  More »
A drill rig near Buffalo, S.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

SD works to boost business in oil and gas industry

South Dakota officials are taking new steps to promote businesses related to the oil and gas industry.  More »
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Berkshire unit buying NV Energy for $5.6 billion

Berkshire Hathaway, controlled by Warren Buffett, owns MidAmerican Energy.  More »
Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  (AP file photo/M. Spencer Green)

Obama administration energy official stepping down

FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will remain at the commission until a replacement is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.  More »

Chesapeake must face Ohio suit over royalties, court says

Chesapeake Energy Corp. must face an Ohio lawsuit over allegations the company underpaid gas royalties for years, an appeals court said, reinstating the case.  More »
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson speaks after receiving the Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council during the group's annual dinner at the Hilton Americas Hotel on Tuesday April 2, 2013. (Dave Rossman)

Exxon underestimated natural gas hit

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s CEO told shareholders the company underestimated the drag that low natural gas prices would have on its earnings.  More »
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Feds launch new offshore safety institute

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster put a new focus on the risks of offshore drilling, the Interior Department on Wednesday announced it would create a new institute focused on boosting the safety of coastal oil and gas development.  More »
An undated file image taken from video provided by the SITE Intel Group that purports to show terrorist leader Moktar Belmoktar. Within months of quitting al-Qaida, he claimed responsibility for two attacks so large they rivaled the biggest operations undertaken by al-Qaida's wing in Africa. (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group, File)

Terrorist behind attack on BP Algeria plant quit al-Qaida

After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent a scathing final letter to their most difficult employee, describing how he failed to turn in his expense reports and carry out orders. Moktar Belmoktar responded the way talented employees with bruised egos have in corporations the world over: He quit.  More »
Alert Logic Network Security Analyst Yohance Clark looks for security threats inside the company's security operations center in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Report: Cyber security becoming top concern for energy industry

Cyberattacks and other IT security issues have become a top industry concern for the first time in the history of Ernst & Young’s recurring survey of energy executives, ranking No. 9 on the list of most important industry concerns of 2013.  More »

Oil giant Total to pay $245 million in bribe case

Court papers indicate Total paid $60 million in bribes between 1995 and 2004 that allowed it to re-enter the Iranian oil and gas market.  More »