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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(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.

Doug Suttles, Encana President and CEO

Encana buying Permian-focused Texas company for $5.9 billion

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Calgary-based Encana Corp. will buy Fort Worth’s Athlon Energy in a deal worth $7.1 billion that will give the Canadian company’s a sizable footprint in the Permian Basin.
A drilling rig works the Marcellus shale in Houston, Pa.  (AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

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The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

NiSource joins utility trend in forming MLP

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NiSource has announced plans to spend about $8 billion to $10 billion over the next five to 10 years to expand and upgrade pipelines serving the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.
(StockMonkeys.com)

West Virginia opens bids on drilling under Ohio River

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Noble Energy, Gastar Exploration and Statoil submitted bids with 20 percent royalty rates. State officials plan to pick winners in the next week or two.
Customers fill up vehicles beyond a filler hose as 7,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline are delivered to a Shell station in Peoria, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

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Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.
Cheniere Energy sabine pass liquefied

Construction progresses at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal

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The Houston-based company is adding liquefaction capabilities to export LNG as it capitalizes on the surge of cheap abundant gas unlocked by the U.S. shale boom.
Categories: featured, LNG
Erica Bowman, vice president and chief economist at America's Natural Gas Alliance, appears at a state House committee hearing in Edinburg.(Robert Grattan/Chronicle).

Mexico’s energy overhaul will bring benefits, challenges

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Mexico’s move to open up its energy sector can be a boon to both sides of the border, but achieving the potential will require work,