Matthew Tresaugue

Matthew Tresaugue

Matthew Tresaugue joined the Houston Chronicle in 2005 after working for newspapers in California, where his beats included land-use development, higher education and Major League Baseball. At the Houston Chronicle, he has covered the environment, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including air quality, water supply, the Gulf of Mexico and global warming.

EPA claims victory in Supreme Court decision on pollution rules

The Supreme Court upholds the EPA’s efforts to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and factories — a key affirmation of the Obama administration’s climate agenda.  More »

EPA rule would reduce power plant carbon emissions by 30%

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.  More »

EPA proposes changes to refinery emission rules

The EPA has proposed tougher rules for toxic emissions from refineries.  More »

US hopes to tap offshore wind potential

The federal government is committing nearly $150 million toward construction of three wind farms off the U.S. coast, a move intended to generate power from the renewable source by 2017.  More »

There’s plenty of buzz far from OTC’s hive

Illinois-based company finds that being the farthest away from the conference’s center of activity isn’t a bad thing.  More »

Old kids on the block at OTC

There is still a place for decades-old products at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Safety, cost driving new technology for removing rigs

Oil and gas companies are looking at minimizing risk and cost as the number of removals of aging offshore infrastructure rises in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Spill-containment system for Gulf nears completion

Marine Well Containment Co. will complete an even larger system for responding to oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the year.  More »

Energy companies warned about water availability

As water becomes increasingly scarce, oil and gas companies must start looking at it as an asset, expert says.  More »

Former astronaut sees ties between space, deep sea

Mike Bloomfield, a former astronaut who heads Oceaneering’s work on space systems, discusses how a longtime NASA lab can be used to improve oil and gas companies’ offshore performance.  More »

Permanent seismic monitoring could increase offshore production

Petrobras will be able to increase oil and gas production by using the world’s first permanent monitor of conditions at a deepwater reservoir, the company said.  More »

High court upholds emissions rule Texas and others challenged

The Supreme Court upheld an EPA rule requiring aging power plants to reduce emissions that cross state lines. Texas was among states challenging the rule.  More »

Study finds strong link between BP spill and sick dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in a Louisiana bay fouled by the 2010 BP oil spill are suffering from lung damage and other injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons, according to a federal study released Wednesday.  More »

Supreme Court will hear challenge to EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

The U.S. Supreme Court will review whether the EPA can limit carbon emissions from refineries and other fixed industrial facilities.  More »

New study finds Gulf spill harmed life on sea floor

Tiny organisms living on the soft, sandy floor of the Gulf of Mexico near BP’s ill-fated Macondo well will need decades to recover from harm caused by the 2010 oil spill, a new report concludes.  More »
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