David Hunn is an energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle.

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Rig count leaps by 35, largest jump in 5 years

The number of oil and gas rigs in U.S. fields skyrocketed this week, up 35 over last week — the largest increase in five years, since the U.S. shale revolution was booming. After a dip last week, this week’s count marks the ninth increase in the last 10 weeks, and brings to almost 300 the ... ...

The pipeline fight: Protesters rally against protesters

First came the Trans-Pecos pipeline. Then the pipeline protesters arrived. Now the protest protesters are mobilizing. North Texans for Natural Gas launched an online petition this week in support of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ Trans-Pecos Pipeline “and continued energy development in West ...

FERC investigates Kinder Morgan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is investigating concerns that two Kinder Morgan pipeline systems are overcharging customers. FERC reviewed costs and revenues for Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America and Wyoming Interstate Co., both owned by Kinder Morgan, for 2014 and 2015 and estimated the ...

Plains All American to expand Cactus pipeline in West Texas

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline is expanding capacity of a section of its Cactus pipeline in West Texas to about 390,000 barrels per day, the company said on Wednesday. The expansion, of about 70 miles of pipe stretching south from Midland, will allow Plains to move more oil from the Perm ...

WPX Energy adds to Delaware Basin acreage

WPX Energy is joining the ranks of oil and gas companies buying further into West Texas’ ultra-hot Delaware Basin. Not a week ago, the Tulsa company announced it was buying 18,000 net acres in the Delaware, the Permian Basin’s western half, for $775 million in cash from Tulsa-based Panther Energy Co ...

The fall of Black Elk

The fall of Black Elk Energy began in New York City nearly a decade ago, with a meeting, a handshake and a loan. Looking back, those were halcyon days for John Hoffman, founder of the Houston oil and gas company – before an explosion tore through an offshore rig and killed three workers, befor ...

Eagle Ford land prices begin to rise – as oil companies exit

Is the Eagle Ford nearing an upswing? Over the past two years, as oil prices fell, companies began consolidating operations, and many exited oil fields that cost more to drill or access than oil prices warranted. South Texas’ storied Eagle Ford was especially hard hit. There, almost 10 years ago, dr ...

Will Exxon’s new Guyana discoveries fly without more infrastructure?

Analysts are beginning to worry that Exxon Mobil’s large Guyana discovery could be hamstrung by a lack of pipelines and infrastructure. Exxon announced on Thursday its second oil discovery on Guyana’s Stabroek Block. The Payara-1 well hit about 100 feet of oil-bearing sandstone in two Upper Cretaceo ...

Hess boosts 2017 drilling by $350 million

The oil company Hess Corp. is boosting its production and exploration budget to $2.25 billion this year, an increase of $350 million or 20 percent over last year’s budget. It includes additional rigs in North Dakota’s Bakken oil field, development of the Liza field in Guyana and the restart of drill ...

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