David Hunn is an energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle.

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Targa Resources to lay new pipeline from Permian Basin to Mont Belvieu

Houston pipeline company Targa Resources Corp. plans to build a $1.3 billion natural gas liquids pipeline from West Texas’ Permian Basin to its plant in Mont Belvieu, east of Houston, the company said on Thursday. Targa will sell space in the new line, which it has named Grand Prix, to other co ...

BP boosts benefits, includes transgender surgery

In the fight to land and keep top-notch employees, BP has a new weapon: A litany of specialized benefits. The British oil giant has long had a spate of high-class benefits, including a health center, child care service and two fitness centers on its Energy Corridor campus. But now it’s added some ne ...

Storms delay crude carrier from arrival, first of its kind, in Corpus Christi

This week’s storms have delayed the arrival of the first Very Large Crude Carrier to attempt to dock and load in a Gulf Coast port. The storms, which battered counties southwest of Houston on Monday and again Tuesday night with torrents of rain and high winds, also slowed the carrier, Anne, as it ma ...

More efficient cars means less gasoline use in U.S. soon

U.S. gasoline consumption will fall over the next three decades, despite record travel, as fuel efficiency improves in American cars. Americans are driving more vehicles, the U.S. Energy Department said in a recent report, but improvements in fuel economy will more than offset the increase in miles. ...

Houston’s Keane Group to boost frac power with $285M deal

Houston oil field services firm Keane Group is boosting its hydraulic fracturing power, buying Denver fracking company RockPile Energy Services for about $285 million in cash and stock. RockPile owns eight wireline trucks, 12 workover rigs, 10 cement units and 245,000 horsepower in frac pumps. Its e ...

Phil Asherman steps down as CB&I chief, to be replaced by Patrick Mullen

Philip Asherman, chief executive of energy engineering and construction company CB&I, is retiring July 1, to be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Patrick Mullen, the company said on Thursday. Asherman, 66, led The Woodlands company for 12 years, and is credited with transforming it from a spec ...

Traffic in Houston Ship Channel keeps rising

Total traffic in the Houston Ship Channel rose slightly last year, according to data recently released by the port. Deep water arrivals at the Port of Houston — such as the large tankers piloted up the channel — fell by about 100 ships or 1 percent to 8,300 over 2015. At the same time, barge ... ...

Canadian crude boom could send more oil to Gulf Coast refineries

Gulf Coast refineries may soon see a boost in crude volumes arriving at their doorstep, as Canadian oil sands production finally ramps up, Chicago investment research firm Morningstar said in a report released Tuesday. Production of heavy oil from western Canada’s oil sands is rising as projects — m ...

Gasoline prices dip again

Gasoline prices in Houston keep falling. Average retail prices dipped another 3 cents per gallon over the last week to $2.18 on Sunday, according to the gasoline consultancy GasBuddy’s daily survey of about 2,500 gas outlets in Houston. The national average fell half a cent over the same perio ...

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