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Gov. Abbott signs bill reauthorizing the Railroad Commission

The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, has been reauthorized to operate for another 12 years, after a years long battle with legislators over how to reform the agency. On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1818, part of a state initiative to review and rea ...

Texas Southern participates in national solar energy competition

  Texas Southern University and a consortium of 13 other eastern and southern universities are competing for a U.S. Department of Energy grant that will help fund solar power projects for low income households. The Department of Energy has set aside $5 million for the competition, although Texa ...

Storage company Vopak fined for chemical emissions

Vopak Logistics Services USA, part of the Dutch chemical storage company Royal Vopak, was fined $2.5 million for violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. The EPA claims the company’s mismanagement of equipment released chemicals — inclu ...

Vistra Energy buys large West Texas solar farm

Dallas-based Vistra Energy said  Wednesday that it has purchased one of the largest utility-scale solar farms in Texas, known as Upton County Solar 2. The project, which is expected to start generating energy next summer, will have the capacity to generate 180 megawatts of power, the most of an ...

Shell to offer at least 16 weeks maternity leave

  Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that beginning Jan. 1 it will offer at least 16 weeks paid maternity leave to its female employees worldwide. The policy will particularly boost benefits for employees in 45 countries where there are only limited paid or unpaid maternity leave benefits, such a ...

Under Trump, U.S. less attractive for renewable energy investment

The Trump administration’s plans to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and its waffling on the Paris climate accords could push renewable energy investors away from the United States, according to a report released this week from the London-based accounting firm Ernst and Young. Every year, t ...

GulfMark Offshore plans bankruptcy filing

Houston-based GulfMark Offshore, which runs support vessels for offshore drilling, said Tuesday that it plans to to file for bankruptcy after reaching a agreement with bond holders to convert debt to equity. The reorganization, which was first reported in the Houston Business Journal, would hel ...

Oil-fired power plants are dwindling, but hanging on

Renewable energy sources and natural gas generate more power in the U.S. than oil, which was once a more prominent energy source before it dwindled to account for less than one percent of the country’s electricity. The U.S. shifted away from petroleum-fired electricity during the 1970s, follow ...

Secretary Perry: ‘Market will drive itself’ without OPEC

OPEC  might have lost its grip on controlling the oil markets because of increased production pouring out of American shale plays, said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, who made a stop in Houston for a news conference on Monday. In November, OPEC adjusted its  production in an attempt to st ...

Texas Supreme Court says landowners can sue over oil and gas contamination

The Texas Supreme Court ruled late last month that the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, does not have exclusive jurisdiction over environmental contamination cases, which can be settled in court. The decision came from a years’ long dispute between a ranch ...

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