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Kurdistan needs oil revenue to mobilize its peshmerga fighters in the battle against the Islamic State. (PHOTO: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanker ruling comes at critical time for Kurdistan under siege by militants

A federal judge’s ruling that technically clears the way for a contested tanker of crude to be offloaded in the United States comes at a critical time for Kurdistan, which urgently needs a large infusion of cash to defend itself against Islamist militants.  More »
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Forecast: cheapest Labor Day gasoline since 2010

Drivers hitting the roads during the upcoming holiday weekend will likely encounter good news: the cheapest Labor Day weekend gasoline prices since 2010.  More »
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Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »
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Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »
In this March 29, 2013  photo, workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas well  in Colorado.  (AP photo/Brennan Linsley)

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,  More »
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Moody’s forecasts post-restructuring Kinder Morgan debt rating

Kinder Morgan’s restructuring after a $44 billion buyout of its family companies will leave the new company just above an investment-grade debt rating, analysts Moody’s Investors Service said in a Monday report.  More »

Crude climbs on strong economic reports

Oil for October delivery increased 51 cents to $93.86 a barrel.  More »
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Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »
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Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.  More »
Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Environmentalists ask Vatican to shun fossil fuel investments

Environmental activists who have persuaded universities and some churches to give up their investments in fossil fuels now are focusing their prayers on the pope.  More »
An official at Saudi Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field in Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

Domestic crude begins to cut into Saudi U.S. sales volumes

Until recently, Saudi Arabia’s volume of oil sales to the United States grew even as overall imports fell.  More »
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Noble-Consol joint venture plans Marcellus Shale midstream IPO

Cone Midstream Partners LP, a joint venture between Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based Consol Energy Inc. and Houston’s Noble Energy Inc., filed for a $350 million initial public offering of limited partner interests on Aug. 25. The number and price range for the offering weren’t disclosed.  More »