Update: Investigators looking into Cuero pipeline explosion

3 workers missing after explosion at gas facility in Louisiana

Williams Partners said an explosion and fire erupted at about 11 a.m. Thursday and injured four contractors who were doing maintenance at the facility at the time of the explosion.
Constellation Energy's coal-fired Brandon Shores power plant in Anne Arundel County, Md., Jan 15, 2012. (Shannon Jensen/The New York Times)

Entergy sells natural gas power plant for nearly $500 million

Entergy, which services much of the Greater Houston region through its Entergy Texas subsidiary, said it bought the 13-year-old Rhode Island State Energy Center power plant for $346 million in 2011 and wants to free up more cash for other opportunities.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

NRDC: U.S. has made “unprecedented” shift to renewables

While natural gas plants are considered more environmentally friendly than their coal counterparts, the report notes natural gas production is linked to the emission of methane — the main component of natural gas — which is a “potent climate change pollutant.”

Natural gas storage approaching record with a warm start to winter

Goodness, gracious! ‘Great Balls of Fire‘ was recorded some 58 years ago today, and is an apt way to describe the 8-14 day outlook from NOAA, which shows above-normal conditions across the entire US through October 21st. This is überly, überly bearish for natural gas, as it points to more neutral conditions in the coming […]
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The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Gas power passes coal for the second time ever

The amount of electricity generated from natural gas surpassed the share of coal-fired production in July for just the second time ever — the first time being in April.
Midstream companies including Kinder Morgan, which operates this processing facility in Galena Park, are taking a hit in the stock market as oil prices fall. (Chronicle photo)

Kinder Morgan project faces delay

Planned expansions of Kinder Morgan pipelines that would supply gas to a proposed LNG export terminal in Georgia may be delayed by one month as the company awaits government approval for the projects.
Exterran Holdings CEO Brad Childers poses for a portrait in Houston.

Delayed Exterran spin-off slated for late 2015

The new time table is scheduled to complete the Exterran reorganization by the end of 2015. Exterran Holdings will spin off its fabrication and international compression businesses — about 7,000 of its total 10,000 workers — into a new company named Exterran Corp. that would trade under the “EXTN” stock symbol in the New York Stock Exchange.
An LNG tanker (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

LNG boosters tout it as a cleaner, greener alternative to burning coal overseas

Even when U.S. natural gas is super-chilled into a liquid form, shipped by tanker around the globe, and burned to generate electricity, it producers fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the coal it often displaces, according to an industry analysis released Monday.
Workers at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant prepare to move parts into the plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Willbros makes $130 million sale amid NYSE compliance concerns

Willbros Group energy construction company said it will sell its pipeline engineering and services business for $130 million in cash to Massachusetts-based TRC Companies as part of the financially struggling company’s downsizing and reorganization.

The deal is part of Houston-based Willbros’ efforts to restore its viability in the wake of a spate of investor activism and the recent risk of having its listing removed by the New York Stock Exchange.

(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express News)

Wind, solar causing “upheaval” for utilities, San Antonio power exec says

Utility companies in Texas and beyond must adjust for the future or fade into oblivion, said Cris Eugster, chief generation and strategy officer for San Antonio’s integrated utility company, called CPS Energy.