Simone Sebastian

Simone Sebastian

Simone is assistant editor for She's an award-winning reporter 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

Conoco third-quarter income drops on falling prices

ConocoPhillips said third-quarter profit fell on declining production, lower natural gas prices and lost income from the refining business it spun off April 30.  More »

Fossil fuel production to hit record in 2012

A University of Michigan economic professor says the United States will generate more energy from coal, oil and natural gas this year than ever before.  More »

Report: Switch from coal-fired power plants saves water

Natural gas power generation uses 60 percent less water than coal, even with water-intensive hydraulic fracturing, researchers say.  More »

Texas leads nation in energy use, feds say

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new interactive data portals show that the Lone Star State leads the nation in both producing and using energy,  More »

At the pump: From high to not quite so high

The national average for a gallon has fallen 12 cents over the past week, according to AAA.  More »

Natural gas group launches campaign to promote LNG exports – *Update

A new website run by the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas touts LNG exports as an economic boon that will create thousands of jobs and support U.S. manufacturing.  More »

Baker Hughes profits drop 60 percent – *Update

Baker Hughes reported a 60 percent drop in third-quarter earnings Thursday, as business slowed and prices fell for pressure pumping services in North America.  More »

Ethanol exports rise as U.S. hits blend wall

Ethanol consumption in the United States stagnated last year, while exports nearly tripled from 2010 to 2011.  More »

GenOn names executive cuts in sale to NRG Energy

NRG Energy and GenOn Energy plan to slash 500 employees across both companies in their $1.7 billion merger.  More »

Fuel prices driving inflation

Surging energy prices boosted an otherwise moderate inflation rate during September, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday.  More »

Devon Energy leaving Houston – *Update2

Devon Energy is shutting down its office in downtown Houston and moving oversight of Texas operations to Oklahoma, the oil and natural gas exploration and production company announced today.  More »

GE launches all-in-one natural gas fueling pumps

GE and Chesapeake Energy said they will distribute at least 250 of their new CNG In A Box systems beginning this fall.  More »