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Workers do general maintenance on the HOS Silverstar at Hornbeck Offshore Services in Louisiana's Port Fourchon on Friday Dec. 3, 2010. With deep-water drilling at a standstill, Hornbeck moved many workers to the maintenance team until activity picks up. (AP file photo/Kerry Maloney)

Miss. moves toward offshore oil and gas leasing

Mississippi state officials published regulations Monday to lease state waters in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.  More »
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Drilling fluids spilled near Shell site in Gulf. OPEC says don’t count on us for more supply. And an oil group asks supporters to boycott South American bananas.  More »
Cheniere Energy Partners' LNG import terminal on the Louisiana side of Sabine Pass. (Photo: Cheniere Energy)

Cheniere Energy plans second U.S. natural gas export plant

Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG), the liquefied natural gas importer that Standard & Poor’s has said is on the verge of default, announced plans for a gas-export plant in Texas, the company’s second proposed terminal to ship U.S. supplies of the fuel overseas.  More »

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Tenn. politician suggests light bulbs as stocking stuffers

Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says her family’s holiday will be bright. She’s filling Christmas stockings with light bulbs.  More »
Traders of crude oil and natural gas react during early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP file photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Oil rises in Asia on hopes of stronger U.S. data

Oil prices climbed to near $95 a barrel today in Asia, buoyed by gains in the region’s stock markets and in anticipation of improved U.S. economic data.  More »
The Deepwater Nautilus was used to drill Shell's Appomattox discovery in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle file photo)

Drilling fluids spill from Shell site in Gulf of Mexico

More than 13,000 gallons of drilling fluids — including about 7,500 gallons of synthetic materials — leaked from equipment at Shell’s Appomattox prospect into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.  More »

Feds OK ConocoPhillips Alaska North Slope project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that it has approved ConocoPhillips’ plan to connect an area of the North Slope to pipelines and roads necessary to develop it for oil production.  More »

Cnooc idles natural-gas output on leak

Cnooc Ltd. shut off production equivalent to 160,000 cubic feet a day because of a leak in a subsea pipeline that carries natural gas near its Zhuhai terminal.  More »
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Iranian oil halt would boost oil by $40 a barrel, BofA says

Oil prices may surge by $40 a barrel if international sanctions halt supplies from Iran, according to Bank of America Corp.  More »
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (left) talks to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a  signing ceremony in Russia in 2011. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

Putin setback exposes Gazprom

Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural-gas producer, faces demands to pay more tax after opposition groups gained against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling party in Russian parliamentary elections.  More »
The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Apache to buy Burrup stake, plans to sell project to Orica

Apache Corp., the second-largest independent U.S. oil producer by market value, agreed to buy a 65 percent stake in Burrup Holdings Ltd. and said it’s in talks to sell most of Burrup’s explosives project to Orica Ltd.  More »
Ethicaloil.org has called for Canadians to boycott Chiquita bananas after the company announced it wouldn't use fuel made from Canada's tar sands. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)

Oil group calls for Chiquita banana boycott

Ethicaloil.org, a group who advocates for oil sands, has called for Canadians to boycott Chiquita bananas and Fresh Express Salads after the produce company said it would no longer use fuel made from the controversial Alberta tar sands.  More »
A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Gulf Keystone jumps on report Exxon considering making offer

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. rose to a record in London trading after a report that Exxon Mobil Corp. is considering a 7 billion-pound ($11 billion) takeover offer for the oil producer that’s active in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.  More »
This plastic childrens pool was used to catch leaks at Pelican Refining's Lake Charles, La. refinery. The Houston-based company pled guilty to a number of violations of U.S. environmental laws and to obstructing justice during the EPA's investigation. (Photo: EPA)

Judge approves $12M in penalties for refinery co.

A federal judge in Lafayette approved a $10 million fine and $2 million in community service payments to be paid by Texas-based Pelican Refining Company LLC for felony violations of the act and obstruction of justice.  More »
The Keystone XL pipeline was planned to be built near the sandhills in north central Nebraska, shown here. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Bill offers no guarantees for Keystone XL pipeline

Legislation that would force President Barack Obama to make a swift decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is in jeopardy on Capitol Hill, but even if Congress clears the measure today, the project’s approval is in doubt.  More »