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Enterprise and Kinder Morgan to gauge demand for new pipelines

Enterprise Product Partners and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners are evaluating demand for two proposed two new pipelines serving the Utica region in Ohio and the Williston Basin region of North Dakota.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish plant. (photo/Ryan Holeywell)

NRG may expand carbon capture plans

NRG is installing technology at the W.A. Parish plant to capture carbon dioxide before it is emitted into the atmosphere.  More »
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Chevron Phillips Chemical sells manufacturing unit for $220 million

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is selling its polymer manufacturing business for $220 million.  More »

(AP Photo/Luis Cruz Hernandez)

It’s not just oil, power due to be overhauled in Mexico

Mexico’s landmark energy reforms have mostly been discussed from the perspective of oil and gas production, but industry experts are also hoping the changes will prove transformative for Mexico’s electric power industry.  More »
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Officials seek federal board’s help on rail delays

Some believe the increased shipments from North Dakota’s western oil fields are largely behind the delays.  More »
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BP exec critiques oil spill reporting

On the eve of a federal judge ruling that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster resulted from gross negligence on the part of BP, a company executive was rapping hundreds of environmental reporters for not describing the “full picture” about the oil spill.  More »
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

Companies want to increase coal shipments to Asia as domestic demand falters. But proposals for new export terminals in Washington and Oregon have run into strong resistance from regulators and environmentalists.  More »
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Oil falls as refineries cut operating rates

“Refiners in the U.S. are going into maintenance, which is going to reduce demand for crude.” expert says.  More »
A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Refiners lobby Obama administration against condensate exports

Four refiners are lobbying the Obama administration to overturn recent rulings that allowed companies to export an ultra-light oil known as condensate once it has been minimally processed.  More »

Crude oil rail shipments set record pace

Rail shipments of crude oil rose to 119,634 carloads in the most recent fiscal quarter, an increase of more than 10 percent over the 106,605 shipments in the comparable period last year, according to figures released Thursday by the American Association of Railroads.  More »
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge rules BP was grossly negligent in oil spill

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the London oil company.  More »
King Willem-Alexander, center, of the Netherlands greets DSM CEO and Chairman Feike Sijbesma, left, and POET Executive Chairman Jeff Broin during the opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Midstream firms build to meet Eagle Ford condensate production

Buckeye Partners and other midstream interests are betting millions on light oil called condensate from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
Houston-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners said Sept. 3, 2014 that it will purchase Chevron's Evangeline ethylene pipeline system.

Boardwalk to buy Chevron pipeline for $295 million

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. has worked out a $295 million deal to buy the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system from Chevron, Boardwalk announced Wednesday.  More »
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

EPA looking at new mandates on methane

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled that the agency may turn to voluntary programs and regulatory mandates in its bid to clamp down on methane emissions tied to oil and gas drilling.  More »