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Ad campaign uses dead presidents to make nat gas pitch

The ghosts of dead presidents will be coming soon to Houston movie theaters, courtesy of a new campaign by the American Clean Skies Foundation, a natural gas advocacy group.  More »
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Brazil prosecutors seek payment from Shell, BASF

Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant.  More »
Petroleos Mexicanos oil platforms in the Cantarell oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo: Pemex/Bloomberg)

Chevron, Baker Hughes to bid for Pemx rights

Chevron, Baker Hughes and Chile’s state-owned Enap Sipetrol SA plan to bid in an auction offered by Petroleos Mexicanos to develop offshore and onshore mature fields, the Mexican state company, known as Pemex, said today on its website.  More »
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Chevron CEO tells critics they are wrong

Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson faced some of his company’s sharpest critics Wednesday during the oil giant’s annual shareholders meeting and politely told them they were wrong.  More »
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President Bush’s EPA went after producers more often than Obama’s

The EPA went after producers more often in the years of Republican President George W. Bush, a former Texas oilman, than under President Barack Obama.  More »
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Exxon Mobil boss hears shareholders’ praise and gripes

At Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholders’ meeting, CEO Rex Tillerson said the company is considering exporting North American natural gas.  More »
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Oil headed for biggest monthly drop since 2008

The price of oil is headed for its biggest monthly decline since December 2008.  More »
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TransCanada talks jobs, supplies at Beaumont workshop

A crude oil pipeline that will run 485 miles from Cushing, Okla., to Southeast Texas should be under construction by late summer and operational in late 2013.  More »
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Report: Wind power growth slows down

China has dominated the wind power market, installing 43 percent of the world’s new wind power capacity in 2011, according to a report by the Worldwatch Institute.  More »
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Oil glut seen in survey defying seaway reversal

U.S. crude inventories probably climbed to the highest level in almost 22 years as the reversal of the Seaway pipeline proved insufficient to alleviate a glut in the central part of the country, a Bloomberg survey showed.  More »
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Blackberry market fading, but is energy industry still embracing it?

Behind the glitz and the glamour of the Offshore Technology Conference, there is one thing clear about the energy industry – it loves smartphones.  More »
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Energy XXI gulf platform fire Extinguished, Company Reports

A fire in a slop tank aboard a Gulf platform owned by Energy XXI Bermuda Ltd., which salvages production from depleted offshore wells, was extinguished late yesterday, according to the company.  More »