Vicki Vaughan

UT study on hydraulic fracturing to be reviewed by outside experts

Media reports of the professor’s post at an oil and gas company on Tuesday prompted the provost at UT Austin to say the study will be examined by an independent group of experts, who are expected to report back in a few weeks.  More »

CPS solar deal to bring 805 jobs to S.A.

‘CPS Energy inked a landmark deal Monday with OCI Solar Power that calls for the construction of five solar plants around the state, providing CPS with access to 400 megawatts of power. The deal will bring to San Antonio 805 jobs paying an average $47,000 a year — about a $40 million payroll.  More »

Black gold comes to Texas’ rescue again

While low natural gas prices may help you with your utility bill, it isn’t helping energy companies’ bottom line.  More »

Eagle Ford boom strains health care, schools

The Eagle Ford Shale is transforming South Texas, but the oil boom is straining health care, education and social services.  More »

Auditor finds no manipulation of electricity market

The independent market monitor for the Public Utility Commission, Dan Jones, said Monday that there was no market manipulation of wholesale electricity prices on June 25 and 26 when power usage and prices soared and demand for electricity set records for the Texas grid.  More »

Kansas oil well production growing, EnerJex Resources says

San Antonio-based EnerJex Resources Inc., a domestic onshore oil company, said Wednesday that it has drilled 19 new oil wells and 14 new secondary recovery water-injection wells in its Rantoul project in eastern Kansas.  More »

Power officials say grid should meet needs

Officials who manage the state’s electricity grid said there should be enough power generation to meet demand this summer, but concerns remain as to whether there will be enough power at peak times by 2014.  More »

SA driller reports slowdown in Eagle Ford contracts

Pioneer Drilling lowered its expectations for the second quarter, saying falling prices for oil and natural gas liquids are reducing demand for its services  More »

$16.4 million in bonuses a record at CPS

CPS Energy last month awarded a record $16.4 million in bonuses to its 3,644 employees as part of a tiered plan that resulted in six-figure awards for two of its top executives.  More »

Sand storage plant set for S.A.

The nation’s second-largest producer of sand is teaming with BNSF Railway Co. to build a sand storage plant in San Antonio that will serve clients in the Eagle Ford Shale, the companies’ officials said.  More »

CPS dedicates solar complex

CPS Energy boosted its portfolio of renewable energy Monday when it dedicated a 19.8-megawatt solar complex on land dotted with sunflowers in South Bexar County.  More »

Eagle Ford plant under way

Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum has begun construction of a natural-gas processing plant south of Cotulla that will add than 100 construction jobs in the area.  More »