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

14 ways to slim your power bill this summer

Summer hasn’t started yet, but the heat has. Here are some lesser-known tips for conserving electricity and shaving dollars off of your utility bill.  More »

Energy company hopes video game will help fill long list of job openings

Set in either the freezing waters of the North Sea or the blazing heat of Qatar, players of “Quest for Oil” must explore rock, secure licenses, and reach their production target faster than their opponents.  More »

Marathon Oil chief information officer retires, new exec named

Leadership changes also were announced this week at Chevron and at Marathon Petroleum.  More »

Feds: Texans at greatest risk for summer power problems

While Texas’ grid operator says the state’s power infrastructure is ready for the summer heat, warnings from the feds sound more perilous.  More »

Reality show seeks to capture oil field workers in good light

A Houston-based producer feels reality TV hasn’t done the oil patch justice. So he’s developing his a show to challenge the negative roughneck stereotype.  More »

Women fill nearly half of new oil industry jobs

Women scored nearly half of all new oil industry jobs during the first quarter of this year, according to Paul Caplan, president of Rigzone. It could signal a major turning point for an industry in which men make up about 80 percent of the workforce.  More »

Report: Cyber security becoming top concern for energy industry

Cyberattacks and other IT security issues have become a top industry concern for the first time in the history of Ernst & Young’s recurring survey of energy executives, ranking No. 9 on the list of most important industry concerns of 2013.  More »

Anadarko names Jim Kleckner to executive role

Anadarko has named James J. Kleckner executive vice president of international and deep-water operations. He succeeds Doug Lawler, who was tapped to be the next CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. earlier this month.  More »

Moniz: ‘This is the crucial decade’ to develop renewable energy

Though it produces lower carbon emissions than other fossil fuels, natural gas should be viewed as a bridge to a more renewable energy-driven economy, Moniz said.  More »

EnerVest acquires Anadarko Basin properties in $438M deal

Houston-based EnerVest will buy Laredo Petroleum Holdings’ interests in the Anadarko Basin for $438 million in cash.  More »

CenterPoint heads north to assist in deadly tornado’s aftermath

CenterPoint Energy, the Houston-based power distribution company, is sending crews to Oklahoma to help restore electricity to homes and businesses rocked by Monday’s devastating tornado.  More »

Fortune 500: Biggest losers and gainers

Energy companies are regulars at the top of the Fortune 500 list. But several of the biggest names in the business took a hit this year.  More »

OTC Spotlight Award: GE’s next-gen blind shear ram goes global

GE’s new blind shear ram can cut a thicker pipe, and it can cut it regardless of whether it’s centered in the well bore.  More »

Oil rig worker ranks among worst jobs of 2013

Are you an oil rig worker? If so, you might want to think about a new career.  More »

Photos: Chevron’s Big Foot hull arrives in Texas

t’s called Big Foot for a reason. The gargantuan hull of Chevron’s Big Foot deep water offshore platform recently arrived in Texas, after a three-month trek from Korea.  More »