Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Jennifer A. Dlouhy covers energy policy, politics and other issues for The Houston Chronicle and other Hearst Newspapers from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on legal affairs for Congressional Quarterly. She also has worked at The Beaumont Enterprise, The San Antonio Express-News and other newspapers. Jennifer enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and toddler son.

Ocean energy bureau gets new director

Abigail Hopper, a Maryland energy regulator and veteran of fights over offshore wind farms, will be the top federal official in charge of oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines.  More »

Feds delay decision on methane mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency is waiting to make a decision on whether — and how — to boost regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector until the new year.  More »

Obama shift on Cuba won’t mean big oil boom in Gulf of Mexico

President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba may lead to more commercial opportunities for Americans within the island nation. But don’t expect U.S. oil producers to move swiftly to take advantage of them.  More »

Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.  More »

Q&A: BP America CEO talks oil prices, opportunities

Minge is a former driller who has been with BP for more than three decades, including his most recent stint in Alaska.  More »

Blowout preventer rule gets White House vetting

Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells.  More »

Feds boost liability cap for oil spills

Companies are still required to pay the entire costs of cleaning up after offshore spills. And the liability limit on economic damages is waived entirely if gross negligence, willful misconduct or other violations led to a spill.  More »

Texas congressman introduces bill to end export ban

A top House Republican is introducing legislation to end the nation’s longstanding ban on crude exports, as the oil industry campaigns for the freedom to sell the fossil fuel around the world.  More »

Study ties outsize methane emissions to some oilfield equipment

New research suggests two major oil sector sources of methane emissions are techniques to dislodge fluid from wells and the pneumatic devices used to control valves at the sites.  More »

Noble pleads guilty to violations involving Arctic drillship

Noble Corp. pleaded guilty Monday to eight criminal charges tied to pollution, propulsion and record keeping problems with the two drilling rigs that bored Arctic oil wells for Shell in 2012.  More »

Study finds ‘significant’ methane leaking from abandoned wells

As the Obama administration nears a decision on whether — and how — to clamp down on methane leaking from active oil and gas operations, new research suggests abandoned wells may be a significant source of the potent greenhouse gas.  More »

Oil price drop boosts argument for crude exports

Oil prices have fallen roughly 35 percent since June, with surging U.S. crude production helping boost supply beyond softening demand worldwide.  More »

Lawsuit filed in deadly offshore explosion

Separate lawsuits say the companies did not ensure equipment was cleared of all flammable materials and gases.  More »

Congress set to renew drilling permit program

A program accelerating government processing of drilling permits on federal land could get new life if Congress passes a sweeping defense authorization bill next week.  More »

Production up, but methane emissions down in Permian Basin

Even though energy companies are pulling more oil out of the Permian Basin, methane emissions have been declining in the West Texas drilling hotbed.  More »
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