Simone Sebastian

Simone Sebastian

Simone is assistant editor for FuelFix.com. She's an award-winning journalist who has covered energy for the Houston Chronicle and education for the San Francisco Chronicle, among other major newspapers. You can follower her on Twitter, @SimonesNews. Contact her at 713-362-6145 or simone.sebastian@chron.com.

Texas oil production set to top No. 2 OPEC country

Texas now is pumping 36 percent of the nation’s oil, more than doubling its production in three years, according to new federal data.  More »

Diesel demand projected to soar on economic growth

Economic growth in the United States will cause demand for diesel to rise over coming decades, even as gasoline use continues a steady decline, according to a federal analysis released this week.  More »

SunPower offers batteries to hold homes’ solar power until night

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is offering energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day.  More »

Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.  More »

Poll: Majority supports Obama’s climate change rules on power plants

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults support the Obama administration’s proposed restrictions on power plant emissions, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday.  More »

‘Big Men’ follows West Africa’s conflict over oil riches (video)

“Big Men”, now playing at Sundance Cinema in downtown Houston, follows the conflict between militants, government and business for the riches that flow from West Africa’s oil wealth.  More »

Ranked: Oil states lead nation in economic growth

The energy industry was a major driver of economic growth in several of the nation’s fastest-growing states last year, including Texas and the Rocky Mountain region, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  More »

North American refiners beating European profits by $6 per barrel

North American refiners banked an extra $6 per barrel of oil processed compared to their European counterparts in the first quarter of 2014, continuing a three-year streak of significantly higher profits, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis of 26 companies.  More »

US energy security reaches highest level in a quarter century

The United States produced enough energy to satisfy 84 percent of its needs in 2013, a rapid climb from its historic low in 2005, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

Quiz: What shale play are you?

Like snowflakes, no two shale formations are the same. Each rock has its own peculiarities. Its own unique geology. Its own “Je ne sais quoi.” Which shale play is your seismic soul mate? Take this FuelFix.com quiz to find out!  More »

Hyundai and diesel vehicles leading charge for cleaner auto fleets

New technology and stronger fuel economy standards drove universal declines in average emissions from the eight top automakers’ fleets this year, though Detroit’s Big Three are lagging, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  More »

Report reveals top regions for energy job growth

Hiring in the oil and gas industry rose globally in the first quarter of 2014, led by Africa, Russia and North America, according to the Hays Oil & Gas Job Index.  More »

US net gas imports drop as production hits record volume

U.S. net imports of natural gas fell 14 percent in 2013, according to a new federal report, as preliminary data showed domestic production of dry gas hit a record high.  More »

Energy companies dominate list of most productive workers

Energy companies have the nation’s most productive employees outside of the financial sector, according to a new USA TODAY data analysis.  More »

Ranked: Oil industry brands sluggish as tech value soars

Brand value for oil and gas companies grew just 3 percent during the past year, a slower rate than all other industries in an annual global ranking released this week by research agency Millward Brown.  More »
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