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  • Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed more than $4 billion in higher state taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support new spending on schools and to cut property taxes as part of an overhaul of the way public education is funded. Wolf, a Democrat, is also asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to cut corporate taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars,...

  • Feb 27- Offshore driller Nabors Industries Ltd swung to a quarterly loss, hurt by a fall in drilling activity amid a slump in global crude prices. Nabors recorded charges of about $1.2 billion in the quarter related to its pending deal with C&J Energy Services Inc and the "current industry downturn." Nabors posted a net loss of $891.1 million, or $3.08 per share, in the...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal lease sale offering 21 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development is set for August. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Monday that the sale of leases for areas off the Texas coast will take place in New Orleans. The August sale of leases for western Gulf tracts will follow a planned...

  • Feb 27- Offshore driller Nabors Industries Ltd reported a quarterly loss, hurt by lower drilling activity amid a slump in global crude prices. The company posted a net loss of $891.1 million, or $3.08 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $150.6 million, or 50 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 11.1 percent to $1.79 billion.

  • SEATTLE— Several environmental groups on Monday sued the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. The Port of Seattle in early February signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co., whose client is Shell, to rent 50 acres across from downtown Seattle.

  • RABAT, Morocco— Dallas- based Kosmos Energy said Monday its exploration well off the coast of the disputed Western Sahara territory has not yielded a commercial find and will be plugged, though the search would continue. Morocco annexed the largely desert territory of the Western Sahara in 1975 and fought a 15- year-old war with the Polisario independence...

  • BERLIN— German energy company RWE says it has completed the 5.1 billion euro sale of its oil and gas exploration and production division to a Russian-linked investment company. RWE AG announced the planned sale of its Dea unit to LetterOne Group, an international investment arm of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa Group, last March— just as tensions...

  • *Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $13. *Baker Hughes data shows pace of rig count drop slows. Both Brent and U.S. futures briefly pared gains after data from Baker Hughes Inc showed its U.S. oil drilling rig count fell only 33 to 986 this week, after a decline of only 37 last week.

  • *Baker Hughes data shows pace of rig count drop slows. Both Brent and U.S. futures briefly pared gains after data from oil services company Baker Hughes showed its U.S. oil drilling rig count fell only 33 to 986 this week, after rigs were only down 37 in the previous week. Brent April crude was up $1.27 at $61.32 a barrel at 1:28 p.m. EST, on pace to post a 15 percent...

  • Harold Hamm: Saudis view US oil as economic threat Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 8:28 AM ET
    Harold Hamm

    Oilman Harold Hamm says the Saudi hard line on production has turned the Russian "ruble into rubble" while also squeezing U.S. producers.

  • Are oil producers running out of closet space? Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:51 PM ET
    Oil tanks and pump jacks are seen in an oil field near Bakersfield, Calif.

    Oil supply running ahead of demand hasn't just pressured prices, it's also filling up storage space, potentially pushing crude toward another leg down.

  • Oasis misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Oasis Petroleum Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $176.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 58 cents per share. Analysts expected $335.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • COLUMN-Bakken oil drillers retreat to the core: Kemp Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 25- North Dakota's oil producers have pulled back to the core areas of the Bakken formation to cut costs and maximise output amid the slump in prices. The number of active rigs in the state has fallen to just 121, from 190 a year ago, according to an active rig list published by the state's Department of Mineral Resources on Wednesday.

  • Feb 25- Engineering company Weir Group Plc said uncertainty in the oil and gas industry would significantly reduce its 2015 revenue on a constant currency basis despite aggressive cost-cutting, sending its shares tumbling on Wednesday. The number of rigs drilling for oil in North America last week was the lowest since July 2011, a survey by oil services firm...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 24- Bangchak Petroleum PCL will invest 20 billion baht, mainly on exploration and production, in 2015 and 2016 as part of a plan to spend 90 billion baht in the next six years to boost its business, the Thai oil refiner said. It also acquired about 80 percent of Australian oil and gas explorer Nido Petroleum Ltd in 2013 to secure energy supplies.

  • European shale dream dying before it started Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:14 PM ET
    Employees during a press visit to the first shale gas exploring site started by Chevron in Pungesti, Romania, April 2014.

    Chevron announced it is relinquishing concessions in Romania, the last of its shale gas projects in Europe.

  • Chevron pulls out of shale gas exploration in Romania Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 11:54 AM ET

    BUCHAREST, Romania— U.S. oil company Chevron says it has pulled out of shale gas drilling in Romania, weeks after ending business in Poland. The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- Crude prices ended mixed on Friday as the number of U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell far less than expected this week, while heating oil jumped 6 percent after severe winter cold crimped output at three refineries. "It's sell crude, buy products today," said Dominick Chirichella, senior partner at the Energy Management Institute in New York.

  • Oil edges up ahead of U.S. rig count data Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:12 PM ET

    The Baker Hughes survey is likely to show that the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell for the 11th straight week to multi-year lows, market participants said. "I assume we're going to continue to see another big fall and that's going to provide support for the market," said Tony Nunan, a risk manager at Mitsubishi Corp in Tokyo.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a study for public comment that suggests expanding the Port of Nome as a first step in improving infrastructure along Alaska's west and north coast. Nome is south of the Bering Strait but far closer to Arctic waters than the nearest Coast Guard base in Kodiak, an island east of the Aleutian Chain.