A Dow Chemical plant in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Manufacturers lobby against ‘unfettered’ natural gas exports

Some of the nation’s largest chemical makers and manufacturers on Thursday united as a new coalition to lobby against a wholesale rush to export America’s new natural gas bounty, which they say threatens some $80 billion in planned investments in new U.S. plants and assembly lines.

EDF Trading moves into the Midwest in deal with ConocoPhillips

EDF Trading acquires Midwest commercial and industrial natural gas portfolio from ConocoPhillips.
Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total will start shale drilling in Denmark this year, CEO says

Total SA (FP), Europe’s third-biggest oil company, expects to start exploratory drilling in Denmark later this year as part of a push to develop shale energy projects outside the U.S.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas, Shale
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

DNR: New map shows Marcellus shale distribution

The Department of Natural Resources says a new map shows the distribution of Marcellus shale deposits in western Maryland.

Clean and Green Investment Forum

On December 3 and 4 I attended Opal Financial’s 2012 Clean and Green Investment Forum. I was invited to moderate a panel on “Market Outlook for Renewables vs Fossil Fuels”. Forum participants included many investors and strategists with an interest i…
A drilling rig stands over a natural gas well near Interstate 70 west of Rifle, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Deloitte report boosts natural gas exports

A study concludes that U.S. natural gas prices would rise about 15 cents per million British thermal units by 2030 if exports are allowed.
Categories: LNG, Natural gas
(Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle)

Oil production to grow at fastest rate ever

With rising crude production, gasoline prices are expected to drop from $3.63 per gallon of regular in 2012 to $3.34 in 2014, according to the federal projections.
A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives in Houston in 2008, shortly after the Freeport LNG terminal began operations. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

Pennsylvania lawmakers make case for LNG exports

Pennsylvania state lawmakers eager to support natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation are pleading with the Obama administration to fast-track industry requests to widely export the fossil fuel.

Chesapeake: shareholders get more say, CEO less pay

The sweeping changes are a sign that the days of McClendon using the company as his personal financial playground are over.
An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Colo. oil, gas panel OKs groundwater sampling rule

Colorado oil and natural gas regulators approved rules making the state the first to require energy companies to do groundwater sampling both before and after they drill.