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Halliburton expects guar gum to cut margins

Oil field services company Halliburton is expecting to perform below its expectations because of a spike in the price of guar gum, an additive used in desserts and in hydraulic fracturing fluids, the company said Wednesday.  More »
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Carl Icahn sued by pension funds over CVR Energy deal

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn was sued by pension funds, accusing the major shareholder of CVR Energy Inc. (CVI) of freezing out minority shareholders and seeking to bar him from accumulating more shares.  More »
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Change your LinkedIn password now. The service has been breached

LinkedIn, the business-based social network, has reportedly been breached by hackers who made off with about 6.5 million user account passwords. The passwords are encrypted, reports The Next Web, but they’ve been posted online with a request for other hackers to help crack them.  More »
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ExxonMobil campus grows to house 10,000 employees

ExxonMobil said it plans to bring an additional 2,000 employees to its future corporate campus under construction just south of The Woodlands. The additional workers will come from offices in Fairfax, Va., Akron, Ohio and the Houston area.  More »
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Gas drilling triggers backyard geysers in W.Va.

Authorities say a gas drilling operation in the Sardis area hit an aquifer and inadvertently re-pressurized a handful of old water wells Wednesday, creating one backyard geyser at least 10 feet high and several smaller gushers.  More »
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Offshore Technology Conference expands to Asia

The Offshore Technology Conference announced plans this week to hold a biennial event in Asia starting in March 2014 to help foster a growing energy sector in the continent.  More »
YPF Chief Executive Officer Miguel Galuccio will meet with Exxon Mobil and Apache executives.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina’s YPF CEO announces $35B investment plan

The chief executive of Argentina’s newly state-controlled energy company announced an ambitious investment plan Tuesday, saying YPF will need to spend up to $7 billion annually for the next five years to recover from declining oil and natural gas output.  More »
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China hints nuclear building boom about to resume

China’s main developer of nuclear power plants says it plans to raise money with an initial public offering, suggesting an industry building boom is resuming after being suspended following Japan’s nuclear disaster last year.  More »
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Corvette, Volt sales aren’t even close

Would you rather have a Corvette or Volt?  More »
This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

Report: U.S. oil boom challenging Canadian exports

Canada’s oil sands are facing growing competition from U.S. crude, which has constrained pipelines and cut prices for Canadian crude, according to a report by Wood Mackenzie.  More »
Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

States looking for ways to repair roads without raising gas tax

Several states are exploring ways of taxing motorist based on the number of miles driven per year as fuel efficiency has outpaced the federal gasoline tax, according to a USA Today story.  More »
Pacheco uses an amp probe to get a reading on an air conditioning system. Inspections can head off malfunctions. Photo: Gary Fountain / Copyright 2012 Gary Fountain.

Chilling for less: Efficiency can lower AC bills

As Houston’s temperatures and electric bills head for their summer heights, it may be a cool decision to take a look at home energy efficiency, even if it requires spending some cold cash.  More »