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Natural gas transportation needs boost Kinder Morgan revenue

Houston pipeline giant Kinder Morgan said it increased payouts to investors by 5 percent in the second quarter as surging natural gas production created demand for the company’s transportation infrastructure.  More »

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

Restoring an electricity system after at total blackout — as is depicted in the newest Planet of the Apes movie — is much more difficult than portrayed by Hollywood.  More »

Feds predict slowdown in annual power plant growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the U.S. will build 351 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity — enough to power xxx homes — by 2040.  More »

Denton residents to vote on fracking ban in November

The Denton City Council voted down a petition 5-2 to ban new hydraulic fracturing after eight hours of testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November  More »

Climate Denier: A Tool to Intimidate

CNBC recently invited Marshall Institute Chair Will Happer, just retired as a tenured physics professor from Princeton University, to appear on   Squawk Box to address comments he had made about the demonization of CO2.  It was a good example of an interviewer, Andrew Ross Sorkin, acting like a prosecuting attorney instead of someone trying to […]  More »

The importance of pursuing industry-recognized licenses and certifications

Career advancement comes from developing both your soft skills and your technical ones, and industry certifications are a fantastic way of developing and proving the latter.  More »

Transocean likely to tap former NOV CEO as chairman

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. said this week that it will likely tap former National Oilwell Varco CEO Pete Miller to become its next board chairman.  More »

Report: 10 percent more Eagle Ford wells this year

Operators working in the Eagle Ford Shale started drilling 2,364 new wells in the first six months of the year, according to the latest Baker Hughes Well Count.  More »

Denton’s proposed fracking ban likely to go to voters

As Denton considers permanently banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the state’s oil and gas regulator has weighed into the fray, arguing the move would undercut one of the key pillars of the Texas economy.’  More »

Do we still need alternative fuels?

As the Obama administration struggles to come up with a solution to the dysfunctional renewables fuel standard (RFS), many in the industry are asking the question: do we actually need alternative fuels? In this blog, I tackle that question from the standpoint of a person who believes that the shale oil and gas revolution is […]  More »

Technology lets producers move jobs from platforms to land

Shell and other offshore players to move a growing number of jobs historically performed at sea onto land.  More »

Whiting to buy Kodiak, creating larger North Dakota player

Whiting Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for about $3.8 billion in stock, creating what it called the largest oil producer in the Bakken/Three Forks region of North Dakota.  More »