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(AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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(AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)
The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I jumps on $1.5 billion Houston petrochem project with Oxy

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The ethylene cracker project is being constructed by Occidental’s OxyChem subsidiary and Mexichem in the Ingleside Ethylene joint venture near Corpus Christi.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to business leaders during a meeting in New York in May. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Panel backs Canadian oil pipeline to Pacific

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has staunchly supported the pipeline.
Categories: Canada, Pipelines
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Oil rises, natural gas soars

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The price of oil rose 1 percent Thursday as stockpiles declined and new indications that demand is rising in the U.S., the world’s largest crude consumer. The price of natural gas soared nearly 5 percent to close at $4.46 per thousand cubic feet — the highest price since July of 2011 — after the government […]
Categories: General

Chevron's proposed tower (left) would form an urban campus with the company's two existing towers in downtown Houston. (Rendering: HOK)

Chevron puts downtown tower on hold

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The downtown skyscraper project that Chevron announced this summer has been put on hold, the oil company said Thursday.
Categories: General
An anti-fracking sign sits in the yard of a home in New York. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Defunct company sues NY claiming fracking delay

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A bankrupt company that hoped to drill for gas in New York is suing the Cuomo administration over what it calls an unreasonable delay in deciding whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro sits in front of a picture of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as he meets with recently elected opposition mayors at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela’s president calls for higher gas prices

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The price of the world’s cheapest gasoline will start to nudge higher for the first time years if Venezuela’s president has his way — and he usually does.
Categories: Gasoline, Latin America
Alert Logic Network Security Analyst Yohance Clark looks for security threats inside the company's security operations center in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Cybersecurity guidelines could leave energy companies liable

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Although energy companies have increasingly adopted cybersecurity plans, those that aren’t doing so could soon face some serious legal liabilities.
Categories: Safety/Security
Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., left, appears at a hearing with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate shuffle could put oil industry ally at top of energy panel

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President Barack Obama’s reported decision to nominate Sen. Max Baucus to be the next U.S. ambassador to China sets off a chain of events that could put an oil and gas industry ally, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in charge of the Senate energy committee.
Categories: People, Politics/Policy