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An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

US Embassy: US citizen kidnapped in Nigeria freed

A U.S. citizen kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta has been freed after a week in captivity, the U.S. Embassy said Friday.  More »
Picture of a road stretching off into the distance

Republicans seek more drilling to pay for highway bill

House Republicans next week will push a bill that would extend highway and mass-transit programs for five years and expand oil-and-gas drilling to cover some of the costs.  More »
An engineer walks past heat exchangers at the Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum  Reserve site near Freeport, Texas. (Photo:Sharon Steinmann/Houston Chronicle)

CH2MHill brings new global energy group to Houston

CH2MHill, a giant engineering company, will move its new global energy group to Houston, in exchange for an estimated tax break of $160,000 and a $2.5 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund.  More »

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Eastman Chemical buying Solutia for about $3.38B

Specialty chemical company Eastman Chemical Co. is buying Solutia Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $3.38 billion to broaden its presence in the Asia Pacific region and other emerging markets while expanding its product offerings.  More »
Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, England bringing a halt to work at the Cuadrilla Resources site Wednesday  Nov. 2 , 2011.  Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in northwestern England, said Wednesday that independent experts concluded that the tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations, and were unlikely to happen again. The company said local geology would limit any future seismic events to around magnitude 3 on the Richter scale. The tremor on April 1 measured 2.3 on the Richter scale.  Local campaigners have mounted a "Frack Off" campaign to oppose the drilling technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.  (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

EU has adequate rules on shale gas exploration, study shows

The European Union has adequate legislation to protect the environment as companies explore for shale gas in several member states, a study commissioned by the EU regulatory arm showed.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron 4Q profit falls 3 pct on refinery decline

Chevron says its net income slipped 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter as its refineries struggled to pass on the higher cost of crude oil.  More »
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Oil, gas industry opposes use of word ‘fracking’ for method

A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines.  More »
President Barack Obama (AP file)

Steffy: President needs a dose of energy reality

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for an “all-of-the-above” strategy to develop energy that’s “cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs.”  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Shell president says federal permitting may have turned the corner

Shell Oil president Marvin Odum said he believes the pace of federal permitting for deep-water oil and natural gas drilling “may have turned a corner,” according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune.  More »
President Barack Obama points while speaking at a town hall at a Gamesa wind turbine plant in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Is President Barack Obama responsible for U.S. oil production rise?

President Barack Obama has gotten an earful from Republicans and energy industry officials for claiming his administration has helped to spur a rise in oil and natural gas production.  More »
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Eagle Ford oil production to grow to 421,000 BPD by 2015

Oil production from the Eagle Ford formation in Texas will increase to 421,000 barrels a day by 2015, said John O’Shea, chief executive officer of Tradition Midstream LLC.  More »
Drivers test out the Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show (AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Electric-car use to reach tipping point in 2015

Better Place LLC, a U.S. startup developing charging stations for electric vehicles, predicts the “tipping point” for electric car use will come as soon as 2015, Chairman Idan Ofer said today.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

Shell CEO talks oil prices, regulation, Europe crisis

Peter Voser, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, discusses the European crisis and the role of businesses and governments in driving the economy.  More »
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Should Obama get credit for rise in oil production? CME eyes Houston, St. James as new trade hubs. Chevron may face charges over Frade spill.  More »
Commercial fishermen from St. Bernard Parish, La., hired by BP lay oil retention booms around New Harbor Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Judge says BP contract gives partial shield to Transocean

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday, however, that Transocean is not exempt from paying punitive damages and civil penalties.  More »