Emily Pickrell

Emily Pickrell

Energy reporter, with a passion for complex business litigation, water use issues, independent energy exploration...the list goes on. Also a devoted folk singer-songwriter and a native Seattle-ite.  Read Bio

Gas boom creates chemical bond between Gulf Coast, foreign firms

Foreign companies are making big bets on the Gulf Coast petrochemical corridor, where capital investment is surging because of cheap U.S. natural gas, other lower costs and the existing industry infrastructure.  More »

Marcellus strategy paying off for gas producers

The Marcellus is starting to prove that, given time, its proximity to the East Coast makes it potentially profitable for those who got in early, according to a Moody’s report issued Tuesday.  More »

Solar power shines in eyes of Americans

Americans are cozying up to the idea of solar power, with four-fifths saying they view it positively, according to a survey released Monday.  More »

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »

Q&A: Ears go in the ground to aid fracturing

Houston-based Micro- Seismic uses instruments called geophones on the surface or buried underground to capture and analyze sounds from a well while it’s being fractured. The technology, called surface microseismic, allows operators to customize the fracturing while it’s in progress, improving the efficiency of the resulting hydrocarbon extraction.  More »

Wind power hits Texas record

The new West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reaching new gusty heights, reaching a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night.  More »

UH teams up with energy companies for real-world electricity research

The University of Houston has teamed up with two Houston-based energy companies to create a special think tank focused on the needs of electricity companies, the university announced Monday.  More »

US now pumping 10 percent of the world’s crude

The United States accounted for 10 percent of world crude oil production in the fourth quarter, with oil from unconventional tight rock operations accounting for almost half of the crude American wells produced.  More »

Marathon increasing its domestic shale presence

Marathon is continuing to ramp up its presence in domestic shale plays, saying that the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Oklahoma Woodford still provide it some of the world’s best investment opportunities.  More »

Natural gas export proponents push the Ukraine card

Natural gas export supporters are calling on Congress to help speed up the approval of new export terminals, arguing that the export capacity could send a powerful message to Putin about the U.S. stepping up as Europe’s new energy buddy.  More »

More Texas shale gas soon will head to Mexico

Federal regulators have approved Energy Transfer Partners’ plan to extend one of its pipelines from South Texas into Mexico.  More »

CEO: Rock can get Chesapeake out of hard place

Doug Lawler’s strategy for turning Chesapeake Energy around after a rough spell centers on making the most of what the company already has: great shale positions.  More »

Law firm: Mexico’s reforms make it one of world’s top investments

A range of new reforms initiatives and a gigantic economy could make Mexico a winning bet for global investors.  More »

Crimea crisis won’t cut Russia gas flow to Europe, IHS says

The crisis in the Crimea is unlikely to mean a cutoff of natural gas deliveries to the Ukraine and Europe, an international energy think tank said Wednesday.  More »

Louisiana shale gas sees a second life

The surge in Gulf Coast petrochemicals and in natural gas fired generation, combined with the expected export of liquefied natural gas, could push up Louisiana’s demand for natural gas, creating a voracious market for the Haynesville and Marcellus shales.  More »
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