In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo provided by Reese Semanko, a woman identified as Chiara Rose has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash.(Reese Semanko via AP)

Updated: 2 people chained to Shell ship north of Seattle

Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state.
This May 22, 2015 photo from the U.S. Coast Guard shows two members of the Coast Guard’s Strike Team surveying the site of the pipeline break in the hills above Refugio Beach north of Goleta, Calif. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Pipeline operator defends its shutdown procedure

The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement by successfully arguing in court in the late 1980s that it should be subject to federal oversight because the pipeline is part of an interstate network, said Kevin Drude, deputy director of the county’s Energy and Minerals Division. Auto shut-off valves are not required by federal regulators.

This photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a fire on the Breton Island platform on Friday, May 22, 2015 off the coast of Louisiana.  (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

The Coast Guard reported that a light sheen of oil near the site appeared to be dissipating and moving away from the Breton National Wildlife Refuge on the nearby barrier islands.
Downtown Houston (Bobby L. Warren/Wikimedia Commons)

Houston gains in energy efficiency while other Texas cities lag, according to scorecard

Just because the Petro Metro is awash with more oil and natural gas than it has been in decades doesn’t mean the city can’t save a few bucks on its energy bill.
Jack Welch, former CEO and Chairman of General Electric, in San Francisco on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Former GE CEO Jack Welch tells energy companies to think long term, keep their talent

Welch, who led GE for 20 years until 2001, said low oil prices are teaching energy companies to become more efficient and potentially more profitable in the long run.
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

Crude slump leads to big profits for refiners

Refiners are pocketing big profits as they soak up vast supplies of cheap oil and transform it into higher priced petroleum products, a new government report finds.
Kirk Coburn, founder and managing director of Surge Ventures, introduces speakers at an event for Houston tech entrepreneurs seeking inroads into the oil and gas industry. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Tough times in oil patch raise prospects for tech startups

The collapse in crude prices is fueling an appetite for new ideas to produce oil more efficiently, positioning Houston entrepreneurs for a boom of their own

Analysts: Eagle Ford Shale costs could go even lower

Via Collin Eaton, FuelFix: HOUSTON — Pumping a barrel of oil out of the Eagle Ford Shale could get $10 to $15 cheaper by summer 2016 as service companies cut costs and operators tune up their wells, analysts say. The oil slump hasn’t stopped producers in the South Texas play from getting better at targeting […]
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Report: Eagle Ford slowdown hasn’t hit San Antonio’s industrial market

So far, low oil prices haven’t hurt San Antonio’s industrial real estate market, according to a new report from REOC San Antonio. “Thankfully, the slowdown in Eagle Ford Shale activity south of San Antonio has not had a significant impact, to date, on leasing velocity or demand for industrial space in the metro area. Impact […]
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In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

US says decade-old Gulf oil leak could last another century

The federal government is warning that the leak could last another century or more if left unchecked.