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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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Categories: Arctic, featured
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.

The West Texas sky silhouettes a Linn Energy pumpjack in the Permian basin. (Linn Energy)

Diamondback buys acreage in Permian

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Diamondback Energy, Inc. has paid $174 million for a stake in 6,450 acres of leasehold interest in the Permian Basin that it believes could be a contender for horizontal drilling, the company announced Tuesday.
Categories: Deals
Part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Vogtle nuclear power plant under construction in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Energy Department expected to OK nuclear plant loan

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The Vogtle nuclear plant is now under construction in eastern Georgia.
Categories: Nuclear
Coal ash is scooped up on a canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at coal ash dump

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Duke Energy had downplayed concerns water in the pipe is contaminated.
Categories: Environment
Tankers in the Houston Ship Channel. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Port Bureau president lauds energy’s role in boosting Houston exports (video)

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William Diehl, president of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, spoke to Platts Energy Weekly on Sunday about the energy-fueled rise in exports and the construction boom along the channel.
Categories: Markets
Yellow oil barrels

U.S. cold, Chinese growth help lift oil above $102

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The price of oil stayed above $100 a barrel Tuesday on expectations cold weather in the U.S. and steady Chinese growth will underpin demand.
Categories: Crude oil, Markets
A worker climbs to the drilling cabin on a Nabors rig. (Nathan Lindstrom/For the Houston Chronicle)

Nabors quadruples takehome in fourth quarter

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Rig contractor Nabors Industries Ltd. posted quadrupled fourth-quarter profits Tuesday on increased international drilling and a thaw in colder U.S. markets.
Categories: Finance/Earnings
(Houston Chronicle file photo)

Exxon-backed system to curb gas leaks at plants

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Exxon Mobil Corp. said this week that a new leak detection system it has tested at facility in Qatar will be available for sale to other companies.