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These are the experts drawing battle lines over oil exports

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The cast of experts weighing in on the issue includes former Obama administration officials and military veterans.
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The oil patch palette

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These are the experts drawing battle lines over oil exports

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The cast of experts weighing in on the issue includes former Obama administration officials and military veterans.
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The oil patch palette

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A couple of years ago we presented some examples of how the grit and steel of the oil field can take on its own beauty in the hands of a skilled photographer or digital artist.
Categories: featured, General
Railroad oil tanker cars are parked next to a storage facility near the Port of Albany on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The Port of Albany has become a hub for the U.S. oil business, taking shipments from North Dakota's Bakken Shale daily by mile-long trains and shipping it in tankers down the Hudson River to refineries. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rail oil shipping raises safety concerns in Albany

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Opponents of a proposal to build boilers to liquefy heavy crude passing through Albany by rail are drawing attention to the capital’s emergence as a major hub for the transport of oil that’s widely considered risky from an environmental and safety standpoint.
Categories: Crude oil, Rail
A placard warns of flammability on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

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At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.
Categories: Accidents, Rail
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Senator proposes change in power plant security

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Sen. Charles Schumer warns that an attack last year on a California power plant proves that terrorists could take down whole stretches of the U.S. power grid.
Oil prices pulled back Wednesday after reaching highs for 2015 on Tuesday.

Oil price above $100 on U.S. heating fuel demand

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The price of oil extended gains above $100 a barrel Monday as a rebound in Chinese credit growth suggested steady demand in one of the world’s largest petroleum consumers.
Categories: Crude oil, Markets

Washington Needs to Embrace the New American Century: More Thoughts on US Exports

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I don’t always agree with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman but his column today is a must read. In a nutshell, he is arguing that innovation in the United States is driving us to greatness again (shale, the internet of things, 3-D printing, etc.) and potentially fantastic job creation but he notes correctly that […]
Categories: General
(Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle)

Speed can be a drag on oil output

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Cheaper and faster drilling has the unintended consequence of leaving American oil lands pockmarked with some nearly infertile wells.
Categories: Production
Student Alva Gonzalez practices at a pipe welding school operated by Fluor, a major construction contractor. Flour is leading training classes for some workers who will eventually learn the skills they need to do pipe welding. The training classes are critical to shore up the construction labor pool. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Gulf Coast’s industrial boom strains labor pool

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Companies developing multibillion-dollar Gulf Coast plants to export cheap domestic natural gas or make things with it are encountering a harsh reality: There aren’t enough skilled hands to do all that building.
Categories: featured, Premium, Workforce