Jeannie Kever

Jeannie Kever

Jeannie Kever joined the Houston Chronicle's energy team in September 2012. A native of West Texas, she has been at the Houston Chronicle since 1997, working in the features department for 10 years before moving to the city desk, where she reported on higher education, the 2010 Census and health care before moving to the business desk. She previously worked at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, the San Antonio Light, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, the El Paso Times and the San Angelo Standard Times.

WTI reaches highest price in 16 months

New pipelines, soaring demand from refineries and turmoil in the Middle East have driven up crude oil prices over the past few weeks, pushing up gasoline prices as well.  More »

Poll finds broad public support for Obama’s climate change plan

A poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council found two-thirds of registered voters approve of one of the most controversial components of President Obama’s proposals to combat climate change: setting limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants.  More »

GDF Suez, Alstom sign long-term contract for power plant services

GDF Suez Energy North America has awarded a $480 million, long-term contract to Alstom to provide comprehensive maintenance and gas turbine upgrades to natural gas-fired power stations in Texas and Massachusetts.  More »

New midstream company launches with $150 million in financing

A new Houston-based midstream company announced $150 million in capital commitments Tuesday and said it expects to name its first project soon.  More »

Phillips 66 Partners launches IPO

Phillips 66 Partners, a subsidiary of refining and midstream company Phillips 66, said Monday it has launched an initial public offering, seeking to raise as much as $315 million.  More »

New drilling labs deal with fluid situation

Drilling fluids may not sound glamorous, but like hammers and nails at a construction site, it’s hard to get anything done at the wellhead without them.  More »

Texas regulators begin aerial surveys of oil and gas facilities

Several weeks into an assessment of air quality at oil and gas production facilities in South and West Texas, officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality say it’s too soon to say whether the survey will lead to action against companies working there.  More »

Crude by rail gets a boost in the Permian Basin

The developers of San Antonio’s Mission Rail Park, which will serve the Eagle Ford Shale, said Tuesday they are starting construction on a rail park in West Texas. The Permian Rail Park, located between Big Spring and Midland, will be in the heart of the Wolfcamp and Cline Shale plays.  More »

Buccaneer Energy shareholders shake up board

Houston entrepreneur Curtis Burton will retain a seat on the board of the independent oil and gas exploration company he founded in 2006, but shareholders also elected three outside directors proposed by dissident investors who had gained more than 8 percent of the company’s shares.  More »

When the next desk over is an ocean away

While technology has the power to upend old ways of doing things – allowing production companies to shut down offshore production platforms remotely, for example – it also has raised new questions.  More »

A preview of Houston’s bid for the 2017 World Petroleum Congress

Houston is honing its bid for the 2017 World Petroleum Congress, described by organizers as the Olympics of the oil and gas industry. Leaders say they can offer tours of the city’s major energy companies, the nearby South Texas shale fields and online access for people who can’t attend in person.  More »

Proposed directors for Buccaneer Energy speak out

Three proposed new directors for Buccaneer Energy told shareholders Thursday they are independent of investor groups pushing for a new board, and reminded shareholders they can still vote or change votes before a Tuesday deadline.  More »

Federal study touts Gulf Coast for carbon sequestration

The Gulf Coast has the greatest potential of any region in the nation for storing carbon dioxide, according to a study released Wednesday by the Interior Department.  More »

IEA: Renewables will surpass natural gas for power generation by 2016

Hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources will generate more power than natural gas and twice as much as nuclear in just three years, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday.  More »

Chevron enters midstream deal in Delaware Basin

In another sign of the growing importance of the West Texas oilfields to Chevron U.S.A., the company announced a joint development agreement with Cimarex Energy Co. for Delaware Basin acreage in Culberson County.  More »
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