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Shell signs deals with Cnooc, China National for access

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, expanded cooperation with two of China’s state-backed producers, giving it more access to reserves in the world’s second-largest economy.  More »
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Encouraging people to save electricity may start with a prize

Some electric companies are offering incentives for customers to consume less power, as the comanies try to contain their own costs of generating the juice.  More »
Craig Sautner, a resident of Dimock, Pa., holds a jug of contaminated water outside a September EPA meeting on hydraulic fracturing in New York. (Photo: AP/Press & Sun-Bulletin)

EPA says water safe in Pennsylvania town

Some Dimock residents claimed that Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. polluted the local aquifer.  More »
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House rejects Obama administration drilling plan

The House of Representatives today rejected an Obama administration plan for selling offshore drilling leases over the next five years and instead voted to replace it with a more aggressive GOP alternative.  More »
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Oil industry to power Houston economy for decades

Deep oil industry roots will keep Houston’s energy-driven economy powering forward over the next half century as the world continues to demand hydrocarbons, a University of Houston professor said during remarks at the Houston Chronicle.  More »
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Oil lobby group challenges renewable fuel mandate

The American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that the government is requiring refiners and gasoline importers to purchase renewable fuels that don’t exist.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Study: ND oil output may jump threefold by 2025

A new study says North Dakota’s oil production could jump more than threefold by 2025 to more than 2 million barrels a day.  More »
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Hess Corp.’s 2Q profit falls on lower oil prices

Hess Corp. said Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell 9.6 percent on lower oil prices, but the company still topped expectations as it boosted production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale fields.  More »
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Fight over drilling ban postponed – for now

The anticipated showdown between House Republicans and Interior Department officials over the Obama administration’s decision to temporarily halt deep-water drilling after the 2010 Gulf oil spill won’t materialize today.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Dangers in drilling might be in the dust

The government is alerting workers on natural gas drilling sites about the health dangers from silica, a chemical compound found in sand.  More »

ConocoPhillips 2Q profit falls 32 pct

Despite growing production in South Texas, the nation’s largest independent oil and natural gas production company suffered from commodity price declines, said new CEO Ryan Lance.  More »
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Steffy: Oil industry, BP still haven’t learned from fatal mistakes

For all the talk of what the industry could do to reduce future disasters, the company managers, safety experts and government officials gathered at the hearing were there because of what the industry has done poorly.  More »