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Gulf Coast refiners are expecting to be the biggest beneficiaries of new investment to upgrade facilities to handle light crude. (Valero Energy photo)

Refiners adapt as oil supply tips away from imports

As more U.S.-produced oil makes its way to Gulf Coast refineries, they’re having to retool to process the domestic crude — which is a different grade than the imported oil they’re designed for but also is often cheaper.  More »
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Spectra halts Pennsylvania pipeline plans

Houston-based Spectra Energy is suspending work on a pipeline that would have moved natural gas from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.  More »
A receiving terminal at the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility on the Maryland shores of the Chesapeake Bay sits empty. Although Dominion built the facility years ago to accept tanker shipments of liquefied natural gas to help supply U.S. power and heating needs, the surge in domestic production of the fossil fuel has removed the need for those imports. Dominion is asking federal regulators for permission to install new liquefaction equipment at the plant so it can instead export natural gas harvested in the United States. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy)

Judge rules against Dominion LNG in zoning dispute

A judge’s ruling could mean new delays for a proposed Maryland facility to liquefy and export natural gas.  More »
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A series of pipes direct natural gas in Bismarck, North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Texas weighs new pipeline rules

Some Texas attorneys think proposed changes to state eminent domain rules for oil and gas pipeline operators don’t go far enough to protect people from the companies that take their land.  More »
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Halliburton goes on airwaves in Colorado (video)

Halliburton Co. is hitting the airwaves in Colorado on Wednesday with a new television ad meant to burnish the image of the Houston-based oilfield service firm and the hydraulic fracturing operations it conducts across the U.S.  More »
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Schlumberger: Russian sanctions could affect profits

Schlumberger is the third international oil field services company with Houston operations to warn that U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russian may start hurting profit.  More »
Isolated locations present security challenges for Apache Corp.'s operations in Egypt’s Western Desert. (Apache Corp.)

Slaying of Apache Corp. worker underscores dangers in Egypt

The shooting death of an Apache Corp. oil worker in Egypt last week underscored the dangers of working in Egypt’s remote oil patches, and may make investors nervous about the Houston company’s continued presence there.  More »
Shown is the lower half of a failed lower marine riser package connector. (Photo: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

The failure of a bolt used to affix emergency equipment to a subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico should spur the oil industry to write new standards for fasteners and the oversight of contractors working offshore, investigators say.  More »
Exxon Mobil has about 86 percent of its oil and gas production in what rating agencies consider less risky OECD countries, according to the analysis.(Carlos Javier Sanchez/ Special to the Chronicle)

Most majors keep investments in lower risk countries, report says

Major oil and gas companies have continued to base the majority of production in low-risk countries, with a handful of exceptions, according to a new analysis.  More »
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Mexico enacts gas, oil opening

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law the rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.  More »
Ships dock at the Kinder Morgan's BOSTCO storage terminals at the Houston Ship Channel on Monday, May 19, 2014, in La Porte. ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )

Kinder: Time to move on from MLP that built empire

Kinder Morgan shares surged Monday as the firm’s co-founder, Richard Kinder, explained on a conference call his reasoning behind the deal.  More »
A drilling rig working for Houston-based Vaalco Energy approaches  the Ebouri platform, offshore Gabon. (Vaalco Energy)

Marathon, Noble announce exploration contracts in offshore Gabon

Houston-based oil and gas independents Marathon Oil and Noble Energy announced separate deals with the government of Gabon to explore in deep water off the coast of the West African nation.  More »