A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Report details which chemicals are being used in California fracking fluids

More distinct chemicals were used during hydraulic fracturing operations at California oil wells than nationwide, the report shows.
In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

Polar bears, a marine mammal, were declared a threatened species in 2008 under former President George W. Bush because of diminishing sea ice brought on by global climate warming.
Bill Magness, current general counsel for ERCOT, will take over for retiring CEO Tripp Doggett. (ERCOT)

ERCOT names new CEO to lead the Texas power grid

The ERCOT Board of Directors selected Bill Magness on Tuesday as its next president and CEO.
Constellation Energy's coal-fired Brandon Shores power plant in Anne Arundel County, Md., Jan 15, 2012. (Shannon Jensen/The New York Times)

Constellation expands with new business in Houston and Dallas

The move by Constellation, which is a subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., comes at a time when more power generation companies are expanding their home retail businesses and services. Houston-based Calpine power company is buying Champion Energy Services and NRG Energy already has brands like Reliant and more.
CVR Energy was named to the Chronicle 100 list of leading companies. CVR s Coffeyville operations, both the refinery and the fertilizer plant.  (Houston Chronicle)

CVR Partners makes $533 million buy to grow as fertilizer giant

The deal will exclude Los Angeles-based Rentech’s plant in Pasadena, Texas, which is touted as the largest producer of synthetic granulated ammonium sulfate fertilizer in North America.
The 29-week plunge in the oil rig count takes a break

U.S. rig count grows again despite the price of oil still dropping

The U.S. oil rig count increased by six this week, largely buoyed by more rigs added in Texas’ Permian Basin, according to according to Baker Hughes, which tracked 29 weeks of decline in the count until July 2, when oil companies began sending rigs back to oil fields in Texas and elsewhere.
(Photographer: Paul O'Driscoll/Bloomberg News.)

Shell leaving conservative ALEC over climate change views

Shell, which has become more vocal about calling climate change a threat along with some other energy giants like Total and BHP Billiton, followed the recent moves made by BP and Occidental Petroleum in opting to leave ALEC, which is made up of conservative state legislators and numerous private sector interests.

EOG Resources reports small profit, but down 99 percent from last year

The North American shale giant’s small profit is still a step forward from the nearly $160 million loss from the first quarter of the year. EOG’s $2.47 billion in second-quarter revenues dipped sharply from $4.19 billion during the same time last year.
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Apache posts $5.6 billion loss, but still beats analyst estimates

Apache saw its oil production grow from both the first quarter and the second quarter of 2014, buoyed primarily by gains in Texas’ Permian Basin and in Egypt.
(AP file photo/Marco Garci)

Tesoro settles pollution suit from California regulators for $4 million

Texas-based oil manufacturer Tesoro Corp. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company spewed smog- and ozone-producing pollutants at its refinery in Martinez.