Buckeye Partners to buy $860 million in Trafigura Eagle Ford midstream assets

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Buckeye Partners L.P. said Tuesday it would enter the fast-growing Eagle Ford region with an $860 million deal to acquire an 80 percent interest Trafigura AG’s South Texas midstream assets.
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Water resources a problem for energy extraction worldwide, report finds

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According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.
Rail tank cars are seen on tracks behind new homes under construction in the Cottage Grove area on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Houston. Transport of crude oil by rail has become increasingly common, raising safety concerns after a series of derailments around the country. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Crude oil rides Texas’ rails with little tracking

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For generations of producers drillers in Texas, where a vast pipeline system has grown with the fits and starts of the oil industry’s notorious business cycle, railroads provided little more than a relatively expensive last resort. But in the boom associated with the hydraulic fracturing, producers increasingly enlist trains to handle the glut.
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Commentary: Mexico enters shale play

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While the energy world has been focused on Canadian shale over the past few years, Mexico has been quietly emerging as a major player in the crude oil and natural gas industry. With the recent passage of massive energy reforms in Mexico, billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas […]
(Ken Childress)

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

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Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty)

Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

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ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.
NASA marks South Texas well sites in an aerial photo of Texas at night. (NASA image)

UT study to look at economic potential of Mexican shale

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Thomas Tunstall, research director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, said the group plans to start a study of the Burgos Basin in Mexico.
Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy's refinery in Nixon 54 miles east of San Antonio gets all its crude from the nearby Eagle Ford Shale.

Eagle Ford wave lifts Blue Dolphin Energy refinery

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Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy is turning a p;rofit on a refinery east of San Antonio that gets all its feedstock from the Eagle Ford Shale.
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Natural gas will dominate Texas electric growth, report says

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Natural gas power plants will represent almost all the growth in Texas electricity generation until at least 2040, the U.S. Energy Department reports.
An Eagle Ford well near Kenedy, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

EIA: Eagle Ford to cross 1.5 million daily barrels in September

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the Eagle Ford Shale to produce 1.51 million barrels of crude oil and other liquids daily in September. It would be a gain of around 31,000 daily barrels over August production for the South Texas field.