Fuel Fix

(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.

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)
The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil industry needs half a trillion dollars to endure price slump

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If oil stays at about $40 a barrel, the shakeout could be profound.

A fire at a biodiesel facility near New Albany, Miss., burns Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  The fire was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. The plant is located near New Albany on Mississippi Highway 15, which has been closed to traffic. Firefighters are letting it burn out. (AP Photo/The New Albany Gazette, Angie Barmer)

Explosion causes fire at Mississippi biodiesel plant

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An evacuation was ordered after winds began shifting smoke from the blaze and heavy smoke began to accumulate on the ground, said Union County Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton.
Categories: Accidents, Biofuels
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Federal regulators check Eagle Ford oil flammability

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After warning this month that crude oil from a booming shale field in North Dakota may be particularly flammable, federal regulators are testing oil from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.
Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Wreck investigators urge tighter rules for oil trains

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U.S. and Canadian authorities investigating recent fiery derailments are recommending tighter regulations for oil-carrying trains.
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Uncertainty over oil and gas prices dampened deal making in 2013

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Mergers and acquisitions deal values declined by more than 20 percent last year, coming in at $337 billion, down from $423 for 2012, according to an EY study on global oil and gas transactions issued earlier this week.
Categories: Deals
(StockMonkeys.com)

Energy subsidies rebound to pre-financial crisis levels

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Grants and tax breaks designed to lower energy production costs fell sharply after commodity prices plunged in 2008. A new report points out they have returned to levels not seen since the financial crisis, reaching up to $1.9 trillion.
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie (AP file photo/Christophe Ena)

French oil CEO urges US to approve Keystone XL pipeline

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Total SA (FP) urged the U.S. to approve the $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline to unplug a bottleneck that’s stalling the development of Canadian oil sands.
Categories: Canada, Keystone XL
Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger suits unfurl a banner, protesting against Essar Group's coal mining plans in Mahan, at the Essar's headquarters in Mumbai. (Abhishek Shanker/ Bloomberg)

Indian billionaires ambushed as Greenpeace protests coal project

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Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger suits climbed atop the Mumbai headquarters of Essar Group and unfurled a banner protesting a coal-mining project proposed by billionaire brothers Shashikant and Ravikant Ruia.
Categories: Coal, Environment