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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.
(Image: Fotolia)

Oil briefly tops $100 as demand for fuel rises

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Benchmark U.S. crude gained $2.04 to close at $99.88 a barrel.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington about projects to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) under review by the Energy Department. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

Senators worried crude exports would send gas prices higher

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Two powerful Senate Democrats want to know whether Americans will pay more at the pump if the government relaxes a decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Uproar over Keystone far outweighs pipeline’s potential effect, analysts say

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Both sides of the national furor over the Keystone XL Pipeline are reading too much into a recent government report on the pipeline’s environmental impact, and it’s possible that the political controversy has outgrown the proposed pipe itself, according to Wood Mackenzie.

Corpus port opens a $41 million extension

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  The Port of Corpus Christi this week is opening the $41 million extension of its La Quinta Channel. The project extends the ship channel 1.4 miles to a depth of 41 feet. It also includes breakwater and shore protection for 45 acres of seagrass habitat, as well as 200 acres of shallow water habitat created […]
Categories: Uncategorized
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., speaks during a rally in October 2010 in Collinsville, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Republican lawmakers divided on oil exports

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Oil companies eager to sell U.S. crude overseas are pushing Congress to relax a 39-year-old ban on those exports, but even reliable allies on Capitol Hill are wary. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., said there is a kind of “schizophrenia” around the issue on Capitol Hill.
Categories: Markets, Politics/Policy
(Bill Montgomery photo/Houston Chronicle)

Power conservation alert ends

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The agency that operates most of Texas’ power grid has canceled a conservation alert tied to cold weather.
Categories: Electricity
Maria de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Mexico's undersecretary of hydrocarbons in the Ministry of Energy. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

First bidding round for Mexico will be June 2015

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Mexico plans to open up its first bidding round with private participation in June 2015, the newly appointed undersecretary of hydrocarbons said Friday.
Categories: Latin America