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A dynamic positioning and marine environment simulator used for simulation and training on exhibit in the Jelec booth at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Houston, Texas. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle)

Major offshore vessel contractor could be in the market for acquisitions, CEO says

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The CEO of vessel contractor Tidewater says the oil bust could be an opening to scoop up smaller rivals in marine services as corporate consolidations could help offshore firms cope with the downturn.

Major offshore vessel contractor could be in the market for acquisitions, CEO says

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A dynamic positioning and marine environment simulator used for simulation and training on exhibit in the Jelec booth at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Houston, Texas. (Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle)
The CEO of vessel contractor Tidewater says the oil bust could be an opening to scoop up smaller rivals in marine services as corporate consolidations could help offshore firms cope with the downturn.
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OPEC seen backing Saudi Arabia’s plan to keep supplies elevated

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Crude plunged for eight of nine weeks prior to the group’s November gathering, when the kingdom faced down opposition from the majority of fellow members, who advocated output reductions to tackle a global glut.

(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Update: Encana well under control, residents still evacuated

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Encana Corp. on this morning said it has regained control of an oil well north of Karnes City in the Eagle Ford Shale. Encana lost control of the gas well on Tuesday afternoon and Karnes County officials evacuated homes nearby. The incident happened near the intersection of FM 792 and County Road 343 about four miles […]
Categories: Accidents, Texas
A row of pump jacks operate in Apache Canada’s Provost field, located in the southeast part of Alberta (Apache Corp.)

Canada oil patch to see massive consolidation, analyst predicts

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Crude oil prices remain about 44 percent lower than in June even after rebounding somewhat from a six-year low in March. The lower prices have led oil-sands producers in Western Canada to reduce spending by billions of dollars and cut thousands of jobs.
Categories: Canada, Crude oil

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with officials from Britain, France, Germany, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry says energy industry will decide climate battle

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Energy and related companies can create jobs, wealth and improved health and security for people by meeting their environmental responsibilities, Kerry said in a video message for executives at a climate and business conference in Paris.
Categories: Environment
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)

U.S. natural gas imports reach lowest level in 28 years

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Domestic natural gas production has hit record highs during the ongoing shale boom, and the low natural gas prices have played a role in replacing imports. Nearly 98 percent of natural gas imports came from Canada, but Canadian natural gas represented 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas consumption last year, which was down from 11 percent in 2009, according to the EIA.
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Canada adapting to cheaper oil to avoid going way of the auto industry

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The Group of Seven’s biggest oil exporter may see drilling investment slashed by $23.2 billion in the coming 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s a 29 percent reduction from the previous 12 months and the biggest since at least 2007.
Categories: Canada
Marathon Bakken drilling

‘Shale-ionaires’ suffering from wave of bankrupt oil drillers

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A rebound in oil prices that bottomed near $44 a barrel in March has provided some relief to stronger companies that have been able to compensate with cost cuts and more efficient operations. For many smaller, cash-strapped producers, current prices of almost $60 still aren’t enough to make ends meet compared to the $100-plus prices seen during the boom days.
Categories: featured, Shale
Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara Coast

Plains All American says up to 105,000 gallons of oil may have spilled from California pipeline

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The Plains All American Pipeline company says in a statement the current estimate remains 21,000 gallons, but it says that figure is under investigation.