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

ConocoPhillips chief sets new path, culture

After years of slimming down, ConocoPhillips is on an aggressive growth track under new Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance. Watch his interview with FuelFix, as he lays out his blueprint for leading the nation’s largest oil producer to new heights.  More »

By the Numbers: top oil companies’ 2013 spending plans

The nation’s largest oil companies are expanding their capital budgets as they explore new frontiers and ramp up production in North America.  More »

ConocoPhillips selling some assets for $1.05B

ConocoPhillips will sell its Cedar Creek Anticline properties, in North Dakota and Montana, for $1.05 billion to Denbury Resources, the companies announced today.  More »

San Antonio utility signs 25-year wind power agreement

CPS Energy has agreed to buy 200 megawatts of wind-generated electricity from a new South Texas wind farm as part of an agreement with Duke Energy Corp.  More »

Conoco moving West Texas management to Houston

ConocoPhillips is splitting its vast mid-continent business in two and moving managers from Midland to Houston, as part of an internal reorganization, according to a spokesman.  More »

Emerging economies to triple renewable energy

The fastest growing emerging countries will grow their combined capacity of renewable energy from about 127 GW to 403 GW by 2020, according to a GlobalData report.  More »

Coast Guard releases video of grounded Arctic rig

The U.S. Coast Guard has released footage of a helicopter delivering an emergency towing system to Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig. The rig ran aground Monday night near Alaska’s Kodiak Island.  More »

Baker Hughes names Archana Deskus CIO

Deskus joins Baker Hughes after two years as chief information officer at Ingersoll Rand. She replaces Clif Triplett, who quietly stepped down recently.  More »

Newest reality TV wives could come from the oilfield

A reality TV show developer is casting wives of oilfield workers for his newest project, which sprung from a recent trip to Texas.  More »

Gulf of Mexico will be strongest offshore market, analysts say

Researchers at the International Strategy and Investment Group forecast that the number of deepwater rigs will grow from 36 to 60 by 2015.  More »

McMoRan Exploration has “limited success” in ultradeep well

Mineral blockages at Davy Jones No. 1, an ultradeep shallow water well in the Gulf of Mexcio, have caused trouble for McMoRan Exploration.  More »

Forecast shows more hybrids, electric vehicles in 2013

With automakers focused on low- and alternative-fuel vehicles, declining gasoline prices have become their “worst nightmare,” said automotive analyst Alan Baum  More »