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The energy industry was shaken by a trio of events this week that could help shape the future of oil and gas. Here, the sun sets behind two under-construction offshore oil platform rigs in Port Fourchon, La., in 2010. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Week That Shook Big Oil

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A flag bearing the logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. The energy company said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy gas producer BG Group for $70 billion. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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