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There’s no question why the University of Houston keeps a close eye on the energy business. “Energy is 50% of the economy in the greater Houston area,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer for the school.

Gazprom Marketing & Trading’s newly delivered LNG carrier Pskov received bunkers (heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil) at the port of Nakhodka in the Primorskiy Region of Russia. This marks the first time a GM&T time-chartered LNG vessel has bunkered in a Russian port. Bunkers were provided by GazpromNeft Marine Bunker.

A recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report indices that China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.

Over the last two decades pipeline operators have been under increasing pressure to prevent incidents. To their credit, the operators have responded well, despite the aging of the assets, and have substantially reduced the number of incidents per km-year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe formally rolled out his energy plan for Virginia on Tuesday, advocating more renewable sources such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional resources including natural gas.

Federal dollars that have sustained the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, which has a huge military footprint, can't be relied on in the future and an energy-based economy could be the solution, he said.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Recent oil price drops could halt drilling in several North Dakota counties and force the state to reevaluate its budget, the state's top oil regulator said Wednesday.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor sued the company Tuesday, claiming they are victims of racial discrimination.

They filed a joint lawsuit in the Northern District of West Virginia against CKS Pipeline Contracting. CKS is based about 20 miles south of Clarksburg, W.Va.