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Petrochemical construction boom fueling demand for Houston workers

More than 120 petrochemical plants worth $80 billion are slated for construction, or scheduled to open, within the coming years, stoking concerns about a shortage of skilled employees to build and operate the plants once they come online.  More »

Natural gas exports bill gets feds’ attention

Legislation to accelerate natural gas exports could win the Obama administration’s endorsement — with some changes.  More »

Our Snookered President

The applause for the climate agreement between President Obama and China ought to be an embarrassment.  The President was snookered and apparently doesn’t know.  China promised to cap emissions in 16 years and the President promised to increase emission reduction actions now.  What kind of deal is that?  It’s a bad economic and environmental. China’s […]  More »

Cheaper gasoline may translate to a boost in holiday spending

For every 1 cent drop in gas prices, Americans save about $3.7 million.  More »

Dow Chemical to sell off even more assets

Dow Chemical executives on Wednesday announced plans to sell off even more assets in the next two years, continuing a push to streamline operations and pull back from products that no longer fit within the company’s business strategy.  More »

LNG exports could increase production and price of gas, report says

Liquefied natural gas exports could mean more natural gas production, more economic growth and an increase in consumer prices, according to a government analysis.  More »

Production starts at natural gas development in Malaysia

Startups in Malaysia are expected to add about 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to ConocoPhillips production volumes by 2017.  More »

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

I love working in this industry: the people are great and I really like working with and around all the technology it implements. That said, I do care about the environment, so I hope the industry will join me in furthering efforts to produce energy in a safe, ethical, and environmentally conscious way.  More »

Rail on track for LNG fuel, but schedule isn’t set

Those hoping for natural gas-powered car fleets on the nation’s highways might want to first look to railroads, where analysts say a there’s a more compelling case to pioneer a switch to natural gas-pulled trains.  More »

Anadarko ranked as the Top Workplace among large companies

Three of the top five workplaces for 2014 were energy companies.  More »

In Denton fracking ban, scenes from the campus campaign

In the post-campaign campaign, opponents of the Denton hydraulic fracturing ban say the results were tilted by college students who have no permanent stake in the city. Here are scenes from the electioneering on campus at the University of North Texas, taken by a student. .  More »

Halcón to slash spending, cut rigs as oil prices fall

Although Halcón posted a $186.9 million profit and saw production surge 16 percent in the third quarter, the Houston-based independent oil and gas company said falling oil prices necessitate a more conservative approach in 2015.  More »

ConocoPhillips announces second oil discovery in Senegal

Cairn Energy said initial analysis shows the well has “excellent reservoir sands” with as much as 118 feet of net oil pay.  More »

Now energy-rich, Israel seeks oil and gas partners

Amit Lang, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Economy, was in Houston recently seeking investment in the country’s nascent energy industry, and says it can offer high-tech water treatment and cyber-security technology in return.  More »

Iraqi ambassador says negotiations continue with Kurdistan over oil

Iraq’s ambassador to the United States said Friday that he “sees positive signs” in the recently launched negotiations between Iraq and Kurdistan regarding oil revenue-sharing agreements, among other points of dispute.  More »
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