Simone Sebastian

Simone Sebastian

Simone is assistant editor for 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

Survey reveals most valued skills for oil and gas workers

A new study by the Society of Petroleum Engineers reveals the essential skills for getting a job and getting ahead in your oil and gas career.  More »

Salaries soaring for oil workers overseas

See the Top 15 countries where foreign oil and gas workers are making the largest salaries. As pay in the United States climbs rapidly, companies with overseas operations are ponying up bigger bucks to attract top talent.  More »

Penn State launches ‘world’s premier’ energy center

Pennsylvania State University is gunning to become the global beacon for natural gas research and learning, seeking to fill what the school says is a gap in study into the booming domestic fuel.  More »

Brazilian biomass CEO joins Halliburton’s board

Halliburton has named José C. Grubisich, a Brazilian renewable resources executive, to its board of directors.  More »

Solar-powered plane to make Texas stop during historic journey

The world’s first plane powered purely by solar energy will stop in Dallas during an historic cross-country journey this spring, the plane’s creators announced Thursday.  More »

Companies tout recycled water for fracturing (video)

Young companies who say their innovations make hydraulic fracturing a more environmentally friendly process, by reducing water use and cutting chemicals, touted their technology on a recent CNBC segment.  More »

Celebrities release ‘Don’t Frack My Mother’ music video

Yoko Ono’s celebrity crusade against natural gas production, Artists Against Fracking, releases its latest salvo in its fight against hydraulic fracturing — a music video set partly to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’”.  More »

U.S. oil production to surpass imports in 2013

The number of barrels pumped in the United States is expected to exceed the nation’s net oil imports, for the first time since 1995, according to federal projections.  More »

Houston energy giants weak in diversity, report finds

Houston-based energy companies rank near the bottom of Calvert Investments’ diversity index for S&P 100 companies, with Apache Corp. and National Oilwell Varco falling into the bottom five.  More »

Finance expert Gay Huey Evans joins ConocoPhillips board

ConocoPhillips announced Friday that its board of directors has elected Gay Huey Evans to its ranks, the second woman to join the board in the past year.  More »

KBR profits drop 67 percent

KBR reported a 67 percent plunge in fourth-quarter earnings, capping what Chief Executive Officer Bill Utt called “a disappointing year” for the Houston-based company.  More »

Murdoch reveals Keystone XL opposition via Twitter

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to air his energy grievances this weekend, including revealing his opposition to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  More »