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Union Pacific expanding South Texas workforce

Increased rail shipments of oil from the Eagle Ford Shale drilling and more Mexican auto exports are driving job growth and capital spending for Union Pacific Corp. in South Texas, the company’s chief financial officer said Wednesday in San Antonio.
ZaZa Energy is emphasizing its assets in the Eaglebine with a joint venture with EOG Resources; the company is selling some of its assets in the Eagle Ford. (ZaZa photo)

Oil-rich area may not get tax windfall

If South Texas’ oil-producing counties thought this was the year they finally would tap deep reserves of state funding for the crumbling roads, lack of housing and increased water demands brought on by their energy boom, they might want to think again.
Categories: Crude oil, Eagle Ford, Wind
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Landowners meet oil industry in Beaumont courtroom over Keystone XL

TransCanada and the Texas Land Partners presented their cases to the judges of the Ninth Court of Appeals in a dispute over the condemnation of Southeast Texas farmland for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Life on the shale

No one in Karnes County, Texas have grasped the implications of Conoco-Phillips’ secretive decision to drill a deep, expensive well into the mysterious formation known as the Eagle Ford Shale.
The sun sets on a drilling rig in Frio County, Texas.  (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Energy to help Texas economy outpace nation’s

The flourishing energy sector along with across-the-board private sector hiring will keep Texas’ economic growth moving faster than the nation’s, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas predicted Wednesday.
(Photo: First Solar)

Nexolon breaks ground on San Antonio solar plant

With ceremonial hard hats on and shovels in hand, city officials and executives from CPS Energy and Nexolon broke ground Wednesday on the company’s solar panel manufacturing plant at Brooks City-Base.
Categories: General
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Texas City schools, others owe Valero millions

The Texas City school district is among four taxpayer-funded entities in Galveston County that will have to repay Valero almost $5 million after a jury agreed that the oil company’s Texas City refinery was overvalued on the tax rolls.
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Workplace deaths drop, except in oil industry

Oil and gas field services and drilling workers were killed on the job in Texas more than those in any other profession, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis.
New Yorkers Against Fracking released an ad, which will initially run in the Albany and New York City markets highlighting stories of dead cows and poisoned water, which the group believes are linked to hydraulic fracturing. (New Yorkers Against Fracking)

Ad war rages in New York over fracking

New Yorkers Against Fracking launched a TV spot this week on the heels of a new campaign by the New York State Petroleum Council. Watch the dueling ads over the state’s hydraulic fracturing ban.
A billboard in upstate New York erected by documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, whose pro-fracking film, FrackNation, counters what he calls misleading information from Hollywood celebrities and environmental activists. (Adam Hunger / AP Images for Hard Boiled Films, LLC)

‘FrackNation’ providing counterpoint to anti-fracking films

With their rebuttal to anti-fracking film “Gasland”, makers of “FrackNation” are attracting attention across the country.