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Regulatory limbo keeping safer crude cars off the tracks, lawmaker says

The government’s long delay in drafting mandates for stronger tankers to haul crude across the nation’s train tracks is paralyzing companies that want to invest in safer cars, a Democratic lawmaker charged Wednesday.  More »

Spain’s Repsol accepts $5 billion for Argentine unit

The approval marks the end of a bitter dispute that hurt relations between the two countries.  More »

Google Glass is one example of wearable tech in the oil & gas industry…what about smart watches?

My brother and I were driving home together this evening, and given that he works in tech and I have been even more interested in tech than usual since I started my project with Google Glass, naturally the conversation turned to….tech. Specifically, the conversation turned to smart watches, since Samsung has just announced their second […]  More »

Houston-area company lastest to seek approval to build LNG export facility

Excelerate Energy, based in The Woodlands, is the latest in a long line of companies looking to cash on the natural gas boom via an LNG export facility.  More »

Kinder Morgan shares fall amid cash flow questions

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rich Kinder purchased 199,165 shares of Kinder Morgan Inc. Monday.  More »

The Death Knell for Climate Change Orthodoxy?

In the short space of less than two weeks, there have been several  climate change actions that might be signs bordering on desperation.  First, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that climate change was like a weapon of mass destruction.  And then, President Obama announced plans for additional heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas […]  More »

A highly positive initial reaction to Google Glass from the oil & gas industry…and some skepticism too

I shouldn’t have been surprised then that, despite the highly positive response I received towards my efforts, there were some skeptical comments, most revolving around the possibility of even taking Glass out into the field. Today still, cell phones for instance aren’t allowed in certain field areas: there would be catastrophic HSE consequences if a signal accidentally triggered a piece of equipment like a wireline gun.  More »

Duke earnings rise 58 percent in 4th quarter

Duke Energy Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C., is the nation’s largest electric utility.  More »

Washington Needs to Embrace the New American Century: More Thoughts on US Exports

I don’t always agree with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman but his column today is a must read. In a nutshell, he is arguing that innovation in the United States is driving us to greatness again (shale, the internet of things, 3-D printing, etc.) and potentially fantastic job creation but he notes correctly that […]  More »

Apache has $800 million deal for Argentina operations

Apache Corp. has a deal to sell its operations in Argentina to YPF Sociedad Anonima for $800 million in cash.  More »

Newpark selling waste unit for $100 million

Newpark Resources says it wants to focus on its core business activities that include drilling fluids and mats.  More »

Iran aiming to make oil contracts better for foreign investors

Iran said Sunday it plans to introduce a new generation of oil contracts by June that promise to be more attractive to foreign investors as it seeks to significantly boost production should international sanctions hobbling its vital energy industry be lifted.  More »