Don Mason

Don Mason

Don Mason is an assistant business editor at the Houston Chronicle, responsible primarily for supervising energy industry coverage.

Companies announce first oil from deep-water Gulf fields

Oil has begun flowing at the Jack/St. Malo project in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.  More »

It’s official: Kinder Morgan’s all one company

Kinder Morgan Inc. has completed acquisition of three related companies.  More »

David Stover moves into top job at Noble Energy

David Stover has been named Noble Energy CEO, under succession plan announced in April.  More »

Autumn brings fall in gasoline prices

Gasoline prices are about a dime lower as September ends than at the beginning of the month.  More »

Can we at least agree that it’s not “hydraulick?”

The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania is embracing the word “fracking,” and spelling it that way, to counter its pejorative use by opponents of hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Hydroelectric dominance is water under the bridge

Hydroelectric power will fall below other forms of renewable generation in the United States electricity mix for the first time in 2014, according to a government projection.  More »

Report: Tanker with disputed crude arrives near Galveston

A tanker carrying a cargo of crude oil at the center of a dispute between Iraq and semi-autonomous Kurdistan has arrived off the Texas coast, according to a report Sunday.  More »

LA company to acquire Houston upstream partnership in $1.6 B deal

The merger of Houston’s QR Energy and Los Angeles-based Breitburn Energy Partners will create a combined enterprise that the companies say will be the nation’s largest upstream-focused master limited partnership.  More »

Rallying Permian beats anew as heart of Texas oil

The Permian Basin, which helped define the Texas oil business for 50 years then hit the skids, is back big-time, and a new government report makes the point.  More »

New Forbes list of billionaire families ranks Duncan heirs No. 10

The heirs of Houston pipeline tycoon and philanthropist Dan Duncan rank No. 10 on a new Forbes list of billionaire families.  More »

We’re on course for highest July 4th gasoline since 2008

Fourth of July gasoline price news depends on how you view it.  More »

Lawyer joins Tudor, Pickering, Holt as director, general counsel

Paul Perea, moving to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. from Baker Botts, is the first to hold the title of general counsel at TPH.  More »

This may whet your appetite for a new dryer

Your old dryer may be hampering your home energy efficiency.  More »

Trains full of crude boost US share in refiners’ mix

East Coast refiners are using less imported oil, as trains deliver crude from the prolific Bakken Shale in North Dakota.  More »

So far, summer demand hasn’t boosted pump prices

Gasoline prices in Texas and Houston are steady early in the summer driving season–almost unchanged from a week ago and 20 cents below the national average.  More »
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