Laura Goldberg

Laura Goldberg

Laura Goldberg is business editor for the Houston Chronicle.

Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.  More »

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.  More »

Transocean CEO steps down

The CEO of offshore driller Transocean has stepped down effective Monday under a “mutually agreed” decision between him and the board.  More »

Enterprise Products gets new general counsel

The Houston-based midstream company’s general counsel and corporate secretary, Stephanie Hildebrandt, is leaving to join Norton Rose Fulbright, while Craig Murray, a Vinson & Elkins corporate partner in Houston, has been hired to replace her.  More »

WTI to average $63 a barrel next year, feds predict

The price for U.S. benchmark oil is $15 lower than in last month’s report.  More »

ConocoPhillips cutting capital spending by 20 percent

The cut reflects lower spending on major projects, several of which are nearing completion.  More »

Production starts at natural gas development in Malaysia

Startups in Malaysia are expected to add about 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to ConocoPhillips production volumes by 2017.  More »

Porter Hedges expands energy practice to Oklahoma

Houston’s Porter Hedges opened an office in Oklahoma City and added four energy lawyers in the law firm’s first expansion outside of Texas.  More »

Linn Energy is selling $2.3 billion in assets

Proceeds from Linn’s sales will be to pay for $2.3 billion worth of assets it bought Devon Energy Corp.  More »

Insurance industry changes with energy industry

Newer areas for insurance companies to cover include shale gas, wind turbines and transporting oil by railroads, a speaker said at the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Energy Symposium.  More »

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracturing health impacts

By Kevin Begos Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state’s current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health […]  More »

SEC Probe of Key Energy may expand

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Houston-based Key Energy Services for possible violations of federal bribery laws involving its operations in Mexico and Russia, according to corporate documents filed with the SEC.  More »

Laredo Energy gets $130M to up drilling

Laredo Energy has landed $130 million in private equity funding to cover its Texas drilling efforts, the Houston company said Wednesday.  More »

Exxon and Linn to swap assets

Exxon Mobil Corp. will gain assets in the Midland Basin in Texas and Linn Energy will receive interests in the Hugoton gas field in Kansas and Oklahoma.  More »

Apache names Annell Bay to its board

Bay, 58, recently retired after six years as vice president of Global Exploration at Marathon Oil Co.  More »
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