(Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Drilling tax hike proposed by Ohio gov. on rocks

A drilling tax increase proposed by Republican Gov. John Kasich isn’t likely to re-emerge in the Ohio Senate budget revisions due Monday.

Calif. oil regulator resigns

A top California oil and gas regulator has resigned amid questions about oilfield contamination of the state’s water supplies, officials confirmed Friday.
In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif..(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Pipeline firm said California oil spill ‘extremely unlikely’

Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.

Commentary: Abundance and affordability, overlooked characteristics

Although energy is just one input in the wealth production process, it is generally recognized as a critical one. Labor, capital equipment, technology, investment are combined with energy to produce goods and services, with energy being the catalyst. The growth of economic activity, as reflected by growth in GDP, can be directly linked to the […]
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Sylvester Turner

Legislation a Big Win for Electric Customers, Government Accountability

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power encourages Gov. Greg Abbott to sign House Bill 1101, which was the single-most important bill for electric consumers during the 84th Legislative Session.
(Johnny Hanson /Houston Chronicle file photo)

Following Enable CEO resignation, CenterPoint boss takes over as pipeline-spinoff chairman

In a bit of revolving chairs, CenterPoint CEO Scott Prochazka is the new chairman of Enable Midstream Partners, while former Enable Chairman Pete Delaney is the new interim president and CEO. The moves were precipitated by the seemingly abrupt resignation of former President and CEO Lynn Bourdon.
Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

New lawsuit planned against seven-year-old Arctic drilling auction

A 2008 government sale of Arctic drilling leases to Shell and other companies is set to face fresh scrutiny in the federal courts, with a dozen environmental and Alaskan groups preparing to file a new challenge to the auction.
(From left) Adam Briggle,  Nicole Chochrek and Tara Hunter were arrested June 1, 2015 in Denton for blocking the entrance to a frack well on the day that a city-wide ban on drilling became effectively nullified by state legislation.

Protesters arrested trying to block resumption of fracking in Denton

Three activists were arrested as fracking resumed in Denton today. The City of Denton voted overwhelmingly in November to ban oil and gas drilling within city limits, citing noise and lights as well as fears of air and water pollution. But in May the state legislature nullified the local ordinance with legislation putting oil and […]
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Endeavour International puts all its assets up for sale

Houston-based Endeavour said Monday it launched a marketing process to sell its United Kingdom-based North Sea assets. The announcement came after Endeavour previously said in April that it put its U.S. assets up for sale. All of Endeavour’s operations are in the North Sea and U.S. shale.
A group of idle rigs is seen behind James Noe, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Hercules Offshore while aboard the Hercules 251 a shallow water drilling rig owned by on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, near Port Fourchon, La. (Smiley N. Pool /Chronicle)

Saudi Aramco cuts day rates in half for Hercules Offshore rigs

Saudi Aramco won’t cancel a five-year contract for a Hercules Offshore drilling rig after all, the Houston contractor said Monday, four months after the world’s biggest oil producer signaled it would terminate the drilling deal.