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The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Apache’s North Sea production increases

Apache Corp. finished two development wells at the Forties field in the U.K. North Sea, boosting production to as much as 70,000 barrels a day in mid- June. The company plans to drill 16 wells this year at the field.  More »
Former BP CEO Tony Hayward photographed at BP's West Houston offices Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (Photo: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle )

Sites told to remove Hayward deposition video

A judge ordered video clips of a deposition former BP chief Tony Hayward gave last month in ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation be removed from the sites of News Corp. online newspaper The Daily and Google’s YouTube.  More »
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ConocoPhillips defends response to China oil leaks

Houston’s ConocoPhillips reacted quickly to two and told authorities the day they were found, said managers of the company and its Chinese partner in the field, state-owned CNOOC Ltd., at a news conference. Both leaks have stopped and cleanup work is nearly finished, they said.  More »

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Energy Transfer sweetens bid for Southern Union

The bidding war for Houston-based Southern Union Co., a natural gas pipeline company, intensified Tuesday as the company announced it wants to bypass a $4.9 billion cash offer from Williams Cos. in favor of a new offer from Energy Transfer Equity. In …  More »

Oil terminal planned for Port of Corpus Christi

Martin Midstream Partners is build a $25 million terminal to receive crude oil from the Eagle Ford shale via a recently announced pipeline. Martin also will build storage for 300,000 barrels of crude oil and will have the ability to expand the terminal’s capacity by an additional 600,000 barrels. The terminal will be connected by a 24-inch pipeline to a barge dock and deep-water tanker dock at the port.  More »
Oil sticks to the grass near the home of Robert Castleberry along side the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., Tuesday July 5, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel, Montana ruptured and spilled oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Flood surge raises fears of Mont. oil spill spread *updated*

Conditions on the river have prevented a thorough assessment and hampered efforts to find the cause of Friday’s break in the 12-inch pipeline, which spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil. The river was flowing too high and swiftly for crews to reach some oiled areas.  More »
Shell's contracted drillship Noble Discoverer (is shown) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Feds launch environmental review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Federal regulators now have 30 days to finish reviewing Shell’s proposal to drill up to four exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea near Alaska.  More »
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Oil settles near $97 a barrel

Barclays Capital raised its price forecast for 2012. And Goldman Sachs said the International Energy Agency’s decision at the end of June to release 60 million barrels of oil from its reserves won’t cool off prices as much as originally thought.  More »

China investigationg ConocoPhillips’ role in spill

China’s State Oceanic Administration it is investigating ConocoPhillips’ role in a recent oil spill and is assessing possible environmental damage. The first spill at the Penglai 19-3 oil field off China’s eastern coast was detected on June 4 and followed by another on June 17, said a report on the administration’s website.  More »
Clean up crews use an absorbent boom to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Economides: Rapid dissipation of oil in Yellowstone indicates activists’ reports are overstated

Michael Economides writes about the reaction to the Exxon Mobil pipeline rupture.  More »
Clean up crews work to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Rep. Ed Markey calls for probe into Exxon pipeline *updated*

The leading Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee said Congress should investigate whether pipelines need to be inspected more frequently — and whether federal safety standards are high enough.  More »
Lower marine riser package, left, and lower blowout preventer stack shown at National Oilwell Varco in August, 2010, Houston. (Chronicle/Melissa Phillip

National Oilwell Varco to buy Ameron for $772 million

Ameron, based in Pasadena, California, makes fiberglass- composite pipe for moving oil, chemicals and fluids, according to the statement. The company also provides poles and construction materials, as well as fabricated steel products.  More »
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Energy Transfer ups Southern Union offer to $5.1 billion

The transaction includes a combination of cash and common units. Southern Union shareholders can exchange their stock for $40 per share or 0.903 Energy Transfer common units.  More »
A Continental Airlines plane is fueled at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.  (AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Airlines sue EU over jet pollution limits

U.S. airlines took the European Union to court on Tuesday arguing that its imposition of emissions caps on non-European carriers breaches international law  More »
Exxon Mobil contractors spread absorbent pads to soak up oil along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont., Sunday, July 3, 2011. A company pipeline about 20 miles upriver ruptured. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Exxon says river spill could go beyond 10-mile stretch

Exxon Mobil intensified its cleanup of tens of thousands of gallons of spilled crude and pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to find and mop up oil from the 12-inch pipeline that broke at the bottom of the river over the weekend.  More »