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FlexGen solid state generator operating in the Permian Basin. FlexGen)

Startup seeks to power oil drillers with hybrid energy

A recent infusion of capital helped the company fill the demand for renting its turn-key hybrid power generators.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Texas one of 24 states suing Obama administration over clean power plan

The plan, details of which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized earlier this year, aims to dramatically reduce carbon emissions from electric-generating plants by 2030.
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Schlumberger reveals new plans for U.S. headquarters

The oil and gas company, currently based at 5599 San Felipe in Houston, plans to expand its existing offices in a southwest suburb.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn speaks to the audience at the GOP election night party in Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

John Cornyn: For movement on crude oil exports, wait until next year

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said the fall legislative session will likely be bogged down with spending and debt ceiling debates, but there are legislative efforts in the works to expand natural gas exports and lift a ban on shipping crude oil overseas.
In this photo taken May 10, 2015, a dead dolphin washes ashore in the Gulf of Mexico on Grand Isle, La. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists stated in a report released, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that there are links between BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill. BP has rejected that contention and said necropsies of dolphins and "other information reveal there is no evidence" to make the link between the spill and dolphin deaths. (AP Photo/Cain Burdeau)

Researchers say BP oil spill contributes to dolphin illnesses, deaths

The latest findings mark an “important piece in the chain of evidence” linking an uptick in deaths since early 2010 to the BP oil rig disaster that spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Texas governor signs bill restricting local fracking regulations

Abbott’s signature is the culmination of a marker he set down in January, when he took aim at local regulations affecting not only fracking but tree cutting and plastic bags.
(Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

KBR reports income up after restructuring that cut 1,000 jobs, 11 business segments

The company announced a major restructuring of the business last December that includes 1,000 job cuts and a reduction in business segments to five from 16 that it said will result in a $200 million annual cost reduction.
Gina McCarthy Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency speaks during the keynote luncheon during IHS Energy CERAWeek Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.
Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek Commentary: American oil CEOs avoid climate change talk, while Euro counterparts take it head on

No fewer than three U.S. oil executives attending IHS Energy CERAWeek have said government regulations need to be based on science, not public sentiment. Yet not one of them talked about the scientific consensus acknowledging global climate change.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Commentary: How to survive a bust

Some recession lessons for workers worried about being on the wrong side of the latest oil bust.