Fuel Fix

Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(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.
A crewman directs a pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone foe Steyer brings fight to site of Obama pledge

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As the U.S. prepares to release an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are arguing that the project can’t meet a standard for carbon emissions that President Barack Obama set in June.
Vehicles drive past a Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Petrobras falls as Brazil fails to phase out fuel subsidy

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA fell the most in five years after the government failed to meet a request by the state-run company to disclose a clear policy for phasing out fuel subsidies that have cut earnings and increased debt.
(AP photo)

Canada at crossroads in bid to become energy superpower

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Canada’s bid to become what Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls an energy “superpower” is at risk as approval delays for new pipelines threaten an industry already hurt by high costs and rival production.
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Oil rises above $94 ahead of OPEC meeting

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The price of oil extended gains to rise above $94 a barrel Tuesday, ahead of an OPEC meeting and bolstered by encouraging manufacturing data from the world’s top two economies.
Categories: Crude oil, Markets
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

GE Power & Water closing Houston plant

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The closure of Houston plant could eliminate more than 200 jobs.
As U.S. crude production nears records, the oil industry is pushing for relaxed rules on oil exports.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Large oil companies pulling up stakes in Kansas

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The economic future seemed so tantalizing just two years ago as the nation’s big oil firms rushed into Kansas. Now most of those big out-of-state players are gone.
Categories: Exploration
One of Dow's many Freeport, Texas chemical plants. (Houston Chronicle/Smiley Pool)

Dow Chemical looking to spin off, sell 40 plants

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Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.
Categories: Chemicals, Deals