Sunoco Logistics to expand Nederland terminal

The project, which will include new rail lines to help the facility with shipments of sweet crude oil from production centers in North Dakota, is considered to be the first phase of a project that could lead to more expansions.  More »

Civil war battlefield preservation included in spill settlement

A tanker company has agreed to make improvements at the Sabine Pass Battleground, site of an 1863 Civil War battle, as part of a settlement arising from an oil spill last year.  More »

Eagle Ford boom brings tricky problems

Truck traffic, high rents and pipelines everywhere a hassle as the Eagle Ford booms.  More »

Massive crowds show at Keystone XL meeting in Port Arthur

Absent were the celebrities and environmental protesters seen at the White House over the summer.  More »

Gas prices are declining, but can you feel it?

With oil prices down and season driving season winding down, gasoline prices are dropping.  More »

Eagle Ford boom runs up rents in South Texas

The “For Rent” sign on the fence outside the four-bedroom house at 505 Thornton St. captures the new housing dynamic in many of the small communities booming across the Eagle Ford shale.  More »

Long-vacant West Orange plant will soon be filled with chemical startup

A startup company called Chem 32, likely named for the undergraduate course in chemistry that sets up more involved studies, will build a new plant from the long-vacant shell of the A. Schulman Inc. plant that closed in 2003.  More »

Chronicle cartoonist takes on Obama, Solyndra

The Houston Chronicle’s editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson takes on Obama and Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker who received more than $500 million in federal loan guarantees.  More »

Spill report sets stage for new offshore rules

In highlighting a series of failures that culminated in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, federal investigators on Wednesday paved the way for new rules on offshore drilling safety.  More »

Report may not add much to fight over spill blame

The findings of a far-reaching federal probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster may turn out to be a minor victory for BP as it girds for upcoming legal battles.  More »

Companies, lawmakers react to federal oil spill report *updated*

Companies that worked on the doomed Macondo well, environmentalists and industry groups had varied reactions to a federal investigation’s final report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Much-needed housing is set for Kenedy

A San Antonio-area developer has purchased 166 acres in Kenedy for a project to help fill the desperate need for housing for oil field workers in the Eagle Ford shale.  More »

ERCOT conservation tips for Texans

ERCOT says consumers can help by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances between 3 and 7 p.m., delaying laundry and other power-sucking activities until later in the evening.  More »

GOP Lifer: ‘Why conservatives are cautious about climate change’

Rick Perry is making headlines with more Bachmannesque brayings, this time accusing scientists of basically making up global warming as some sort of evil joke – the way they did with evolution. As the competition to win the nomination of the Inherit the Wind Party heats up it’s getting harder and harder for rational conservatives to get their point across on any subject.  More »

Luxury in the oilfield

Down a quiet, bumpy road in a neighborhood of modest homes, lunch is served to anyone between shifts in the Eagle Ford shale oil fields.  More »
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