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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.

(Fotolia)

Oil drops to below $98 on China economy

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China’s drop in exports in February fueled worries of a further slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas leads growth in clean energy jobs

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Texas, California and New York were among the nation’s leaders in adding green energy jobs during the final months of 2013, according to a new analysis. New wind projects helped drive the growth in the Lone Star State.
Categories: Politics/Policy, Texas, Wind
A jackup rig works on an Energy XXI project in the Main Pass complex of the Gulf of Mexico, located in about 100 feet of water near the mouth of the Mississippi River. (Martin L Vargas / Energy XXI)

Energy XXI chief: Massive Gulf merger will drive oil field growth (photos)

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Energy XXI’s $1.5 billion deal to buy another offshore oil and gas producer is a rare breed in the energy industry, as corporate acquisitions have given way to a slew of asset transactions in recent years. CEO John Schiller says it’s a chance to capitalize on synergies that oil producers don’t typically get when offshore leases simply trade hands.
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Survey: Women confront barriers in oil and gas industry

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Oil and gas companies are trying to lure women into the industry, but they have some work to do, according to a new report.
Categories: Workforce
(Kamil Porembinski/Flickr)

Four workers hurt in Texas gas plant fire

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Four contract workers have suffered burns in a flash fire at an Enterprise Products natural gas processing plant in South Texas.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
A scavenger in Lagos, Nigeria sorts out iron and plastic to sell at the Olusosun dump site the city's largest dump. Nigeria's most populous city is turning its problems into an advantage by starting a program to convert waste into methane gas to generate electricity. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

Using trash to make electric power in Nigeria (photos)

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Lagos is engulfed in waste. But the Nigerian city is turning its problem into an advantage by starting a program to convert waste into methane gas to generate electricity.
Categories: Electricity
Photo:  www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

MBA or MS: which one will help a reader pursue their dream of working in upstream oil & gas in the US?

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This column is not the place to make a statement about the general immigration debate that is going on now, but I will say that while some may view the oil & gas industry as a negative contributor to society, I would argue that it actually does play a very positive role in bringing extremely skilled, highly motivated people into the US, who in turn give back a lot to their local communities (for instance higher than average levels of spending which supports local businesses, and volunteerism sponsored by their employers).