Quicksilver selling stake in Barnett Shale assets

Natural gas producer Quicksilver Resources Inc. is selling a 25 percent stake in its Barnett Shale oil and gas assets to a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co. for $485 million.
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas rig count declines to near 14-year low

The U.S. gas rig count has shrunk to almost a fourth of its peak in September 2008 as a glut of domestic supplies pushed prices of the fuel down to 10-year lows and drove energy producers toward more profitable oil and liquids-rich plays.
Chevron's Wheatstone project, in Western Australia, will ship 1 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year to a Japanese country under a new 20-year deal. The site is under construction and is set to start running in 2016, with a capacity of 8.9 million tons per year. (Source: Chevron)

Chevron signs a 20-year deal to ship LNG

A major Japanese electric company will buy 1 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year from a massive Chevron project in Australia, in a 20-year deal announced Thursday.
Marty Durbin, executive vice president of the American Petroleum Institute, speaks to a reporter during a rally supporting hydraulic fracturing at the Corning Preserve in Albany, N.Y. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

Policy key to growing natural gas demand, new ANGA chief says

Martin Durbin, the newly tapped CEO for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, told FuelFix in a Wednesday interview that natural gas producers need to do more work in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill to advance policies that will grow demand for the fossil fuel.
(John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Natural gas pipeline construction plummets

New natural gas pipeline construction sagged in 2012, with the nation adding its lowest total of new pipeline mileage since 1997, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Nick Stavropoulos, executive vice president of gas operations for Pacific Gas & Electric, talked about the company's recovery from a devastating pipeline explosion. Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

PG&E exec: ‘No one ever thought it could happen to us’

Nick Stavropoulos, executive vice president of gas operations for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., offered a sobering reminder of the risks of carrying volatile hydrocarbons by pipeline through populated areas.
A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking chemical suit

A judge in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to obtain lists of the ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom head Alexei Miller in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, near outside Moscow. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Commentary: Russia’s new Middle East energy game

Ever since massive quantities of natural gas were discovered in Israeli and Cypriot territorial waters, the reaction of Russia under the ubiquitous Vladimir Putin became a giant question mark. After all Russia’s energy hegemony over Europe was at stake.
Hellen Reasoner Hutchison, as one of the first female landmen, has blazed a path for women and her family. Her son Rick L. Reasoner and granddaughter Rachel Reasoner have followed her into the field. (Photo Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle)

Breaking the gender barrier was hard work, but ‘lots of fun’

About a third of the members of the American Association of Professional Landmen are women and the numbers are growing. Houstonian Hellen Reasoner Hutchison said the trend started with her, when she became the first woman to join in 1973.
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Clean energy costs taxing utilities

Regulated electric utilities are feeling the heat to generate more clean energy while keeping the prices low, the CEO of Duke Energy said on a Platts talk show program on Monday morning.
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