Chevron Phillips Chemical is considering yet another expansion at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Chevron Phillips Chemical eyes another expansion in Baytown

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The company is already building a $6 billion expansion at the same Cedar Bayou plant.

The IPCC: Nostradamus Reincarnated

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Throughout history, at least back to 2800 BC, the world has had more that its share of apocalytics.  Nostradamus was perhaps the most famous but he had a lot of good company—google  A Brief History of the Apocalypse. Now the apocalyptics rely on sophisticated computer models to convince us that life as we know it […]
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Steven Farris, chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corp. (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Apache optimistic about U.S. shale as profits slip

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Apache Corp. reiterated plans to double down on its positions in prolific U.S. shale plays even as crude prices continued to fall and the company’s profits slipped from last year.
Greg Armstrong, CEO of Plains All American Pipeline, at the company headquarters Thursday Sept. 25 2013.(Dave Rossman photo)

Plains to buy half of BridgeTex in $1.1 billion deal

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The pipeline is a major artery for the basin with a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day of crude.
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Texas leads nation in oil field job growth

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The resurgence in domestic drilling made possible by new techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has created thousands of new jobs since the recession, and nowhere is that more evident than the Lone Star State.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, gives a thumbs up to passing motorist at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

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The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Republicans have votes to force Keystone XL approval

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Republicans now have the votes they need in the House and the Senate to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

NRG adds some power to transmission line debate

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NRG Energy has begun building a new power plant in the Houston area, and says the region doesn’t need a proposed new transmission line that would bring power in from plants elsewhere in the state.
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(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Denton voters pass fracking ban

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The vote made Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, the first city in Texas to pass such a ban. It sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton’s economy.
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Marathon remains committed to shale drilling despite falling oil price

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Despite falling oil prices, Marathon Oil said it remains committed to key U.S. shale plays.