Iris Smith, right to left, Michael Smith, Sig Cornelius, Charles Reimer, Hiroshi Ozaki, Yuji Kakimi, and Dennis Bonnen break ground in November 2014 at the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project groundbreaking ceremony. (Gary Fountain)

Freeport LNG obstacles cleared in two rulings

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Executives stressed that the company would move swiftly to begin construction after the final regulatory hurdles fell away at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014,  file photo, homes are covered in snow and ice in Chicago (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

EIA: Natural gas storage inventories rebounding

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Natural gas inventories rose by 40 billion cubic feet last week, extending a long run of higher-than-average storage injections, the U.S. Energy Information said today in a weekly report.
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House passes Keystone XL bill

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The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, even as Senate supporters work to line up 60 votes to send the measure to the White House.
(James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

One Halliburton worker dead, two injured in Colorado accident

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Halliburton Co. confirmed that one worker died and two were injured during an accident in Colorado Thursday.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy Committee, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.,  a member of the committee, speak to reporters about the new urgency to get congressional approval for the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, called for a vote on approving the pipeline. President Barack Obama has delayed a decision on the project that is opposed by environmental groups. Republicans insist that it will create jobs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Keystone XL backers counting votes in Senate

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Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and other supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline are racing to line up 60 votes in favor of the project, ahead of a milestone vote next Tuesday.
(Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in talks for mega deal

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Two of the world’s biggest oil field service companies are in talks to fuse their businesses together and end decades of rivalry in a deal that may be valued at more than $20 billion.
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Petrochemical construction boom fueling demand for Houston workers

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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.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (Billy Smith II / Chronicle)

Natural gas exports bill gets feds’ attention

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

Our Snookered President

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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 […]
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Cheaper gasoline may translate to a boost in holiday spending

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