What kind of problems can abandoned oil wells leave behind?

Nov 9, 2021
One Texas rancher still trying to find out whether a leak from a decommissioned oil well is a sign of other problems on her land.
Ashley Watt stands on her family cattle ranch in Crane County, Texas.
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Oil companies are expected to report a good quarter. So what'll they do with the profits?

Jul 30, 2021
Usually they'd plow them back into drilling new wells. But right now, that's not what investors want.
A general view of an Exxon Mobil refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands in April 2020. Exxon-Mobil and Chevron report their earnings on Friday to optimistic investors.
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After defeats in the courtroom and boardroom, is Big Oil at a climate tipping point?

May 27, 2021
Climate activists won seats on Chevron and Exxon's boards, and Shell lost in court. Changes must be big to protect the environment.
Climate activists are advancing in the U.S. But to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, big changes will be required in an energy-hungry world.
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Chevron buys Noble Energy, a sign that oil's not dead

Jul 20, 2020
Oil has risen to roughly $40 a barrel after plummeting in April. With prices holding steady, big oil companies are likely to pounce on smaller ones.
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What the Chevron-Anadarko deal means for Permian shale

Apr 12, 2019
Will there be other deals like it?
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A turnaround for oil companies?

Feb 1, 2019
Some investors are optimistic that Big Oil has been able to ride out the plummeting prices of late last year.

U.S. oil companies take cautious approach despite higher prices and demand

Apr 27, 2018
With the U.S.-based oil giants Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. scheduled to release their first quarter 2018 earnings Friday morning, we look at the state of the oil industry. Companies are reaping the benefits from higher oil prices and demand. But what is big oil investing in these days, with an eye toward the future? Click […]

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Higher oil prices and higher output give U.S. more clout

Jan 31, 2018
Prices for West Texas crude oil are hovering around $65 a barrel. That’s more than twice the price at this time just two years ago. Oil companies, including major players like Exxon Mobil and Chevron, have let investors know they’re increasing production, specifically in Texas’ Permian Basin, where output has tripled in the past three years. […]

Oil earnings bubbling up

Oct 27, 2017
Exxon and Chevron report earnings today. Yesterday ConocoPhillips reported income that beat analysts’ estimates. Earlier in the week oil services firm Halliburton delivered strong earnings, with revenue up 10 percent. The earnings indicate the energy industry is in a minor rebound — after years of slump. Click the audio player above to hear the full […]

CEO switch up at Chevron is expected

Aug 24, 2017
Chevron CEO John Watson is likely to step down soon, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. If there is a switch up at Chevron, it’s not because of losses. Chevron continues to outperform competitors in a turbulent time. A new CEO would likely keep focused on refining. Click the audio player above to hear the […]