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New guidelines aim to help oil industry burnish image

The oil industry’s leading trade group just imposed a voluntary standard that schools oil and gas companies on being better neighbors and corporate citizens.  More »
Valero Port Arthur refinery

Valero remains top U.S. refiner

San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. remains the largest U.S. refiner, with a daily capacity of more than 1.9 million barrels, according to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
A natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale. (AP file photo/Donna McWilliam)

Private equity firms merge energy assets to create Barnett operator

Two private equity firms will combine their energy assets to form a new oil and gas operator that will have a big presence in the Barnett Shale.  More »
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GE in Texas wind farm deal

General Electric’s Energy Financial Services unit and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America are forming an investment partnership to own and operate a Texas wind farm.  More »
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Talisman, Statoil not selling Eagle Ford acreage

Talisman Energy and Statoil ASA’s effort to sell their joint venture in the Eagle Ford Shale has ended after offers came in lower than expected, Bloomberg News is reporting. Bloomberg reports.  More »
Texas regulators will study whether operators of wind generation plants like this one in West Texas should pick up some of the tab for transmitting their power to populated areas. . (Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Should wind power blow free through Texas power lines?

The state’s electricity regulator is looking into who should pay for transmission lines that mostly carry wind-generated power.  More »
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Oil slips closer to $103 as supply fears recede

Oil has been falling steadily since it hit a 10-month closing high of $107.26 on June 20 as the Iraqi government has slowly re-established stability.  More »
Firefighters battle a blaze caused this week by a lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility near Alexander, N.D. In just over a month, lightning strikes have destroyed three of the state's more than 440 saltwater disposal facilities. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.  More »
The sun rises over a drilling site in Frio County, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Swaps could be next way around oil export ban

Energy companies already have found one way to export some of the crude pouring out of Texas wells, despite a longstanding ban on selling U.S. oil overseas. Now they’re looking at another strategy.  More »
The late Houston pipeline tycoon and philanthropist Dan Duncan donated millions to charities. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

New Forbes list of billionaire families ranks Duncan heirs No. 10

The heirs of Houston pipeline tycoon and philanthropist Dan Duncan rank No. 10 on a new Forbes list of billionaire families.  More »
A multibillion-dollar expansion of  Dow Chemical Co's Freeport complex is one of many Gulf Coast petrochemical projects driven partly by low-priced U.S. natural gas.  (Dow Chemical Co. photo)

Surge of industrial projects to lift U.S. gas demand

A wave of gas-to-liquids investments and other U.S. industrial projects will likely boost demand for natural gas by 19 to 31 percent through the end of the decade, a new study shows.  More »
Robert Kaluza, a BP well site leader from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, talks with his attorneys Shaun Clarke, left, and David Gerger, right, as they enter Federal Court before he is arraigned on manslaughter charges in New Orleans on  Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

There is no indication when the court panel will rule.  More »