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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.
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