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Emily Pickrell

Aerial view shows  the petrochemical refinery complex in Deer Park. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gas boom creates chemical bond between Gulf Coast, foreign firms

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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.
A worker stands on top of a storage bin as the dust of the powder used to make a mixture with water used in hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Marcellus strategy paying off for gas producers

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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.
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Solar power shines in eyes of Americans

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Americans are cozying up to the idea of solar power, with four-fifths saying they view it positively, according to a survey released Monday.
File photo of people watching the inauguration a wind farm in La Ventosa, Mexico in the state of   Oaxaca. (AP Photo/Mark Stevenson, file)

Mexico tapping wind potential

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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.
MicroSeismic founder and CEO Peter Duncan. (Photo/MicroSeismic)

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

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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.
The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones  initiative lines were designed to move electricity generated by renewable energy from the remote parts of Texas to more heavily populated areas. Oncor completed 37 stations and equipment for this project, as well as more than 900 miles of transmission lines. (photo: Oncor)

Wind power hits Texas record

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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.
Ramanan Krishnamoorti has been named to head all energy initiatives at the University of Houston. (UH photo)

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

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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.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

US now pumping 10 percent of the world’s crude

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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.
Lee Tillman speaks at Marathon Oil Corp.. He took over as CEO and president on Aug. 1, 2013. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Marathon increasing its domestic shale presence

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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.
A deal signed in May 2013 between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International would add a liquefied natural gas export terminal to the existing Golden Pass import terminal in the Port Arthur community of Sabine Pass.

Natural gas export proponents push the Ukraine card

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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.