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

Natural gas transport project in high demand, Kinder Morgan says

The Elba Express Company and Southern Natural Gas Company expansion projects would be able to move nearly 600 million cubic feet of natural gas per day combined, with a total capital investment of more than $200 million, according to the announcement released this week.  More »

Fossil fuel production on federal lands drops

Fossil fuel production on U.S. federal lands took another dip during fiscal year 2012, even as energy production nationwide soared to a record high, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

EIA: United States will fall from world’s top oil importer this year

China’s economic growth has moved it into position to surpass the United States as the top oil importer by October, the agency forecasts.  More »

Obama falling short on exports, but fuel shipments booming

It’s doubtful that President Obama will reach his ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports between 2010 and 2015. But exports from at least one industry have nearly doubled: petroleum products.  More »

NBC drops anti-Keystone ad during Obama’s ‘Tonight Show’ appearance (video)

An environmental group wants to know why NBC canceled its satirical ad critical of the Keystone XL pipeline at the last minute.  More »

AAA: Gas prices jumped in July; Aug. could rise higher

Gasoline prices jumped 14 cents per gallon in July, making this the third most expensive summer driving season so far, according to AAA.  More »

US oil and gas will surge for years, firm projects

Eagle Ford Shale production will jump 50 percent this year, hitting an average 844,000 barrels per day, according to an analysis by research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.  More »

Occidental to construct propane export facility in Texas

Occidental Petroleum Corp. plans to construct a propane export facility in Ingleside, Texas, the company announced Thursday.  More »

Phillips 66 Partners makes strong debut on NYSE

Units of Phillips 66 Partners LP, a newly minted subsidiary of Phillips 66, were priced at $23 as the debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, above the initial public offering target range of $19 to $21.  More »

Federal fracturing rule carries hefty price, industry groups say

The Obama administration’s proposed rules on hydraulic fracturing would cost an average $96,913 per well, according to a study commissioned by two oil industry groups.  More »

Energy pushes Houston to nation’s top exporter

The Houston metropolitan area has become the nation’s top exporter for the first time in history, pushed by growing shipments of petroleum products, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report released this week.  More »

Texas pumping more oil than some OPEC countries

We all know oil production in Texas has suddenly soared. But putting the rise in graphic form shows just how phenomenal the energy turnaround has been.  More »