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  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, July 31- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, part of Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik's business empire, said it will quit buying "disputed" oil from Iraq- one day after Reuters identified it as the mystery American importer of Kurdish crude.

  • HOUSTON, July 31- Murky private rulings from the U.S. Commerce Department to a pair of companies allowing exports of a very light form of domestic oil with minimal processing confused many in the market over exactly what can be exported, Marathon Petroleum Corp Chief Executive Gary Heminger said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, July 31- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, owned by Ukraine- born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, has emerged as the mystery American buyer of Kurdish crude oil this year, but said on Thursday it will not be buying any more due to an ownership dispute.

  • HOUSTON, July 31- U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp, under pressure from activist investor Jana Partners, said on Thursday it plans to sell interests in two liquefied natural gas projects as it sharpens the focus on developing North American shale fields.

  • LYONDELLBASELL, REPORTED BUYER OF KURDISH CRUDE, SAYS HAS RECENTLY PURCHASED' MODEST QUANTITIES OF IRAQI CRUDES' FOR HOUSTON UNIT.

  • Kurdistan says crude cargo near Texas legally sold Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    HOUSTON, July 31- A $100 million cargo of crude oil in a tanker near Texas was legally shipped and sold by Kurdistan, lawyers for the autonomous region in Iraq told a U.S. court in a letter seen on Thursday, saying Baghdad has no right to the barrels.

  • July 31- U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp, under pressure from activist investor Jana Partners, said on Thursday it plans to sell its interest in two liquefied natural gas projects, and reported lower quarterly profit.

  • July 31- ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. independent oil and gas company, on Thursday reported a quarterly profit that just beat Wall Street expectations, helped by an increase in oil and gas production. Income in the second quarter totaled $2.08 billion, or $1.67 per share, compared with $2.05 billion, or $1.65 per share in the year-ago period.

  • NEW YORK, July 30- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, owned by Ukraine- born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, appears to be the mystery American buyer of two cargoes of Kurdish crude delivered in May, according to U.S. government data and industry sources.

  • HOUSTON, July 29- A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.

  • *EU reaches deal on Russia sanctions, prompts short rally. NEW YORK, July 29- Brent crude ended slightly higher on Tuesday as new sanctions on Russia looked set to worsen relations between Moscow and the West, while U.S. prices slipped after a Kansas refinery fire curbed demand for WTI crude.

  • HOUSTON/ BAGHDAD, July 29- Iraq scrambled to gain control of a cargo of Kurdish oil worth $100 million off the Texas coast on Tuesday after the U.S. ordered its seizure in a bid by Baghdad to halt oil sales by the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

  • HOUSTON/ LONDON, July 29- U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region.

  • HOUSTON, July 29- Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge has signed an order telling the U.S. But Iraq's central government, in a court filing on Monday, laid claim to the cargo that it says was sold by the regional government of Kurdistan without permission from Baghdad, which has said such deals amount to smuggling.

  • HOUSTON, July 29- Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge has signed an order telling the U.S. To carry out the order from Magistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Marshals Service may need to rely on companies in the Galveston Bay area that provide crude offloading services.

  • HOUSTON, July 28- Iraq filed suit on Monday in a Texas court to gain control of a cargo of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan that Baghdad says was sold without its permission. Iraq, in its filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asked for an order allowing the cargo to be seized by the U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- The U.S. Commerce Department has put on hold at least two companies' requests for permission to sell lightly processed crude abroad, effectively stalling an industry push to export an expanding glut of oil amid the U.S. shale revolution, sources said.

  • HOUSTON, July 26- A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is hours away from the Port of Galveston in Texas, according to Reuters ship tracking data and the U.S. Coast Guard, its arrival imminent despite Washington's concerns about independent oil sales from the autonomous region.

  • HOUSTON, July 25- Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said.

  • The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.