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Oil rises on prospect of OPEC output cut

Oil for October delivery rose $1.96 to $94.88 a barrel.  More »
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Russian billionaire placed under house arrest

Russian media reports said in June that Russia’s largest oil company, state-controlled Rosneft, considered buying Bashneft, part of Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s empire.  More »
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Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to nearly 2,700 workers

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees after federal regulators found violations of federal labor law.  More »

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Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline

Houston-based Kinder Morgan wants a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts .  More »
The Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is the largest in the world. A&M has established a new research center in Qatar to delve into shale gas studies and train students for jobs in gas processing. (Photo: Shell)

A&M establishes gas research center in Qatar amid U.S. shale boom

Regents earlier this month formally approved the Gas and Fuels Research Center, which will serve as a clearinghouse for studies about how to produce, explore and make money from the vast new supplies of shale gas unlocked in the U.S. shale boom.  More »
Mark Ruffalo attends the premiere of "Infinitely Polar Bear" in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Mark Ruffalo touts Houston electricity plan

Actor-turned-activist Mark Ruffalo cheers Houston’s decision to buy renewable energy — part of a trend of cities and corporations seeking out alternative power.  More »
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BP asks Texas Supreme Court for ruling that would cut spill costs

The legal question of the day, submitted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the justices in Texas, could change the way companies finance risky business operations well beyond the oil industry.  More »
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Spectra Energy announces $3 billion New England project

Spectra Energy Corp. announced a $3 billion expansion to its New England pipeline network, which it said will help meet growing demand for natural gas in the region.  More »
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Vanguard to spend $525 million for Colorado gas and NGL assets

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC has moved further into Colorado’s Piceance Basin with a $525 million deal for producing acreage from Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp., Vanguard announced today.  More »
The American Petroleum Institute is distributing toy shovels to mark the six years since TransCanada Corp. began seeking U.S. approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Keystone marks sixth anniversary with pipeline props

Shovels, anniversary cards and tours are all designed to highlight the six years since TransCanada Corp. first asked the U.S. government for permission to build the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »
In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 photo, workers lay cables on a new oil rig under construction for China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) in a shipyard in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday, Sept. 16. The discovery by CNOOC was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

The discovery by China National Offshore Oil Corp. was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China.  More »
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BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale

Gov. Sean Parnell said he was “extremely disappointed” by the planned layoffs.  More »
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Crude bounces back on dollar’s decline

Oil for October delivery climbed 65 cents to end at $92.92 a barrel.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown here in the Gulf in late July, remains anchored about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Kurdistan says tanker dispute has no place in U.S. courts

The Kurdistan Regional Government fired back in an ongoing battle over a tanker of crude trapped in legal limbo off Galveston’s coast on Monday, asking a judge to dismiss Iraq’s requests to seize the contested cargo.  More »
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Feds clear the way for $500 million Corpus Christi condensate splitter

The project will include a 100,000-barrel-per-day condensate splitter and a bulk petroleum terminal that can handle 500,000 barrels per day of the ultra light oil for export.  More »