Don Mason

Don Mason

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

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 »

See? Webster says you spell it with a K

Weighing in on a debate over how to spell the shortened term for the well stimulation process called “hydraulic fracturing,” Webster goes with “frack” and “fracking.”  More »

Rowan Companies promotes president to CEO

Thomas P. Burke is the new CEO of Rowan Companies, an offshore driller.  More »

Pemex CEO honored as oil exec of the year

International energy leaders named Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya petroleum exec of the year.  More »

Drilling suspended after waves strike rig

Anadarko Petroleum suspended drilling while it evaluates the status of a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig hit by heavy waves Tuesday morning.  More »

Houston oil company announces next CEO

Noble Energy President David Stover will succeed CEO Charles Davidson.  More »
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