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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.

Cheniere Energy already is expanding this LNG plant in Louisiana, but federal agencies are in conflict over plans for a Texas facility. (Cheniere Energy)

A head start lets Cheniere catch up

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Before Cheniere Energy became the darling of the energy industry — the company with the inside track to exporting America’s natural gas — there was failure.
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Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, speaks in Mexico City in August 2013. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Mexico Senate proposal: broadly open country’s oil sector to private firms

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The proposal goes much further than the plan introduced by President Enrique Pena Nieto in August, which only allowed profit-sharing agreements but not arrangements for sharing oil.

The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Big Oil anticipates 10-fold surge in carbon cost

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International oil producers are girding for carbon emission costs that may surge to almost 10 times the current prices in Europe, the world’s largest greenhouse gas market, as governments around the world step up efforts to curb climate change
Crewmen bend a piece of pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone backers await report vital to pipeline’s fate

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Supporters and foes of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline are bracing for the release of an environmental analysis from the U.S. government that could determine the $5.4 billion project’s fate.
David Khemakhem, energy and technology advisor for ExxonMobil, speaks to a luncheon audience at the IIT 2013 Global Conference in Houston. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Population growth will drive energy demand higher, expert says

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The world is becoming more efficient in how it uses energy, but growing economies and an ever increasing world population will still mean an overall growing demand for energy in the coming decades, an industry expert said Saturday.
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Former Mexico President Vicente Fox speaks with the Houston Chronicle on Dec. 6, 2016. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain)

Former Mexican president predicts success for proposed energy overhaul

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is optimistic that the nation soon will approve an overhaul of the country’s nationalized energy sector to allow needed outside investment.

Eagle Ford industry awards next week

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The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable will hold its first Eagle Ford Excellence Awards on Wednesday. The awards will recognize companies and contractors working in South Texas for environmental stewardship, safety and community and social investment. The awards presentation is at the Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Master of ceremonies […]
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