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

Economic concerns dampen energy growth plans

Just 36 percent of surveyed oil and gas executives had a positive outlook for corporate earnings, down from the 52 percent just six months ago, according to a global industry report.  More »

Marathon Oil profits rise on higher production

The Houston-based corporation reported a 11 percent increase in third quarter earnings as the company boosted its oil and natural gas production.  More »

Poll: How important is energy policy in the election?

Obama and Romney have sought to draw a clear line between their energy policies. But with all the other high-profile issues, from healthcare to the national debt, are energy concerns impacting how you vote in the presidential election?  More »

Enterprise reports 23 percent profit jump

As profits grow on rising domestic energy production, the pipeline and storage company announced the launch of an expanded crude storage facility in Harris County Thursday.  More »

Apache profits slump on low natural gas prices

Earnings for the Houston-based oil and natural gas producer plunged 84 percent for the third quarter, according to financial results released Thursday.  More »

Phillips 66 profits surge 52 percent

Larger profit margins in the refining business boosted third quarter earnings for Phillips 66, which banked $1.6 billion in net income during the period.  More »

Texas natural gas value plummets by $1 billion

Energy industry activity in Texas generally has declined over the past year, as the rig count fell, drilling slowed, and hiring moderated, according to a monthly Texas Petro Index report.  More »

Seawater gives new life to oil wells in Gulf

Deep-water drillers are pushing the boundaries of modern technology to help revive the Gulf of Mexico as one of the world’s most prolific oil producers.  More »

Oil industry asset deals surge in third quarter

Asset deal value in the energy sector more than doubled in the third quarter, as companies jostled for oil and liquids-rich acres, according to a PwC report.  More »

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 »
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