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An oil & gas drilling rig is drilling a well for Pioneer Natural Resources in the Eagle Ford Shale formation near Yorktown. (Eddie Seal/Texas Tribune)

Pioneer to bring drilling back to pre-downturn levels

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Pioneer Natural Resources said late Tuesday it lost $218 million in the second quarter but still expects its crude production to increase 10 percent this year.

Pioneer to bring drilling back to pre-downturn levels

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An oil & gas drilling rig is drilling a well for Pioneer Natural Resources in the Eagle Ford Shale formation near Yorktown. (Eddie Seal/Texas Tribune)
Pioneer Natural Resources said late Tuesday it lost $218 million in the second quarter but still expects its crude production to increase 10 percent this year.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stand on the stage prior to the Voters First Presidential Forum for Republicans at Saint Anselm College August 3, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Energy industry lobbying arm lays out wish list for White House hopefuls

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It’s time for presidential candidates to start outlining their plans for energy policy, a top oil industry leader says.

Photo: NordNordWest

Iraq considers more actions against Exxon for Kurd oil venture

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Iraq is considering additional measures against Exxon Mobil Corp. over deals the company signed with the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani said.
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Fire reported at Connecticut power plant

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Firefighters in Connecticut are responding to a blaze at a power plant where an explosion in 2010 killed six people and injured several dozen others.
Categories: Accidents, Electricity

Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total reports sharply lower 4th quarter earnings

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French oil company Total SA says its earnings slid nearly 30 percent in the fourth quarter as oil prices stagnated under $110 a barrel and production slipped into reverse.
Categories: Finance/Earnings
Delegates to the Arctic Technology Conference walk out of the trade show at the George R. Brown Convention Center Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Houston. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Firms hope to cash in on Arctic energy promise (photos)

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The Arctic Technology Conference is underway in downtown Houston, bringing together executives and scientists who are leading energy exploration in the icy frontier region. The conference runs through Wednesday..
Categories: Arctic
The living wall is the centerpiece in the lobby of Newpark Drilling Fluids' new technology center in Katy.  ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Newpark selling waste unit for $100 million

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Newpark Resources says it wants to focus on its core business activities that include drilling fluids and mats.
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake’s new financial approach pays off in debt market

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Chesapeake Energy’s new financial discipline has shareholders worried about energy production declines but has pleased bondholders with stricter spending levels.
Categories: Natural gas
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a Capitol Hill rally for Keystone XL earlier this year. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Oil industry ally takes Senate committee helm

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Sen. Mary Landrieu takes over the chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, giving the Louisiana Democrat a boost in her reelection campaign and putting an oil industry ally in a powerful Senate role.
Categories: People, Politics/Policy