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Oil’s slide continues into August

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Monday’s slide follows a bearish July, when concerns that the glut of oil may not be easing sparked a sell off and erased gains crude had posted in May and June.

Oil’s slide continues into August

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(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Monday’s slide follows a bearish July, when concerns that the glut of oil may not be easing sparked a sell off and erased gains crude had posted in May and June.
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson

Oil CEOs’ grim outlook rubs off on speculators fleeing market

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Exxon, the biggest U.S. energy producer, reported July 31 its lowest profit since 2009 while No. 2 Chevron posted its worst results in 12 years.
Categories: Crude oil, featured
A contractor walks through a steel tube at the PacifiCorp Lake Side 2 natural gas power plant under construction in Vineyard, Utah. About 49 percent of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Energy Department in Washington. (George Frey/Bloomberg)

Speculators ‘throwing money’ at natural gas on icy blast

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Hedge funds got more bullish on natural gas as a blast of cold air swept across the U.S., pushing prices to the highest level in more than two years.
Categories: Natural gas, Weather

More Eagle Ford pipeline expansion

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A joint venture of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Magellan Midstream Partners LP has entered into a long-term agreement to move Eagle Ford Shale liquids for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate LLC and Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50-50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, […]
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The Empire State tanker is one of five that Kinder Morgan plans to purchase from American Petroleum Tankers, part of a $1 billion deal that also includes four newly built vessels from State Class Tankers. (American Petroleum Tankers)

Kinder Morgan to buy tanker businesses for $1B

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Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will spend nearly $1 billion to move into the tanker business after agreeing to buy two companies that ship oil between U.S. ports, the companies said Monday.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Offshore
(Photo: Marcellus Protest/Flickr)

Public weighs in on Illinois’ tough fracking law proposal

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The public hearings have ended, but state officials said there’s still time to submit public comments on proposed rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing.
Solar panels in Romulus, N.Y will produce much of the electricity for the sheriff's department. The project was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the state's NY-Sun program. (AP Photo/Seneca County Sheriff's Department)

Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY

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An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.
Categories: Electricity, Solar
( Kevin Fujii / Chronicle )

Company won’t be fined for pipeline without permit

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A company that operated a natural gas pipeline for more than two years without a permit will not be fined by the state Public Service Commission.
Categories: Legal issues, Pipelines
William Epling, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at the University of Houston and president of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Association, in a UH laboratory. (Photo:  Thomas Campbell-University of Houston)

Houston group seeks to put US on the road to natural gas

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Natural gas companies are trying to get more people using their fuel in cars and trucks, and the University of Houston is helping them out.