Exelon Corp. will use GE gas turbines, like the one pictured above, in its Texas plants. (GE)

Exelon expanding gas-fueled power plants near Houston, Fort Worth

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The projects, which are roughly $750 million each, will triple the amount of power production at Exelon’s Colorado Bend Generating Station in Wharton, which is about 45 miles southwest of Houston. The second 1,000-megawatt expansion is for the Wolf Hollow Generating Station outside of Fort Worth.
A rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Methane leaks in Barnett Shale vastly higher than EPA estimates, study shows

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“Nobody had any idea how much methane was being leaked in the Barnett area,” said Robert Talbot, an University of Houston atmospheric chemistry professor who authored the paper.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

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An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place.
SHELL STRATEGIC OIL

Shell’s $70 billion BG purchase approved by Brazil regulator

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Brazil follows the U.S. in approving the industry’s biggest deal in at least a decade. Shell’s purchase at a 50 percent premium, announced in April, gives the Anglo-Dutch company liquefied natural gas assets in Australia and oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan and Brazil.
Larry Mitchell uses the new Natural Gas filling station at a Texaco Station at 24985 Katy Freeway,in Katy, Texas Tuesday July 7, 2015. The Katy based CNG 4 America is a  supplier of Natural Gas. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Katy-based CNG company adds another Houston fueling station

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In just a few years of rapid growth, the Houston area now counts more than a dozen CNG stations from Rosenberg up to Conroe, including one by Apache Corp. in the Galleria area.
(Photo by Eddie Seal for Bloomberg News)

U.S. oil rig count jumps up by a dozen, the first increase in 2015

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The amount of U.S. rigs drilling for oil increased for the first time this year after 29 consecutive weeks of declines.
(Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Bullish inventory data boosts natural gas prices

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Benchmark natural gas futures, for delivery at Louisiana’s Henry Hub, opened slightly higher and held onto gains through Thursday.
An LNG tanker (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Enbridge takes 5 percent stake in planned offshore LNG project

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Houston’s Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corp. said Wednesday the pipeline company had purchased the small stake and agreed to assist in the development of its Delfin LNG project.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I jumps on $1.5 billion Houston petrochem project with Oxy

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The ethylene cracker project is being constructed by Occidental’s OxyChem subsidiary and Mexichem in the Ingleside Ethylene joint venture near Corpus Christi.
NRG Energy Inc. Vice President Nuclear Oversight, James von Suskil speaks during a scheduled refueling outage on Unit 2 at the South Texas Project nuclear power facility Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Wadsworth.
(James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle)

Some Texas power companies already spent billions on EPA compliance, before Supreme Court ruling

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Many companies have already spent the money to retrofit or shut down the coal-fired power plants that were most affected. Other Texas power companies rely more on natural gas or nuclear power and actually supported the Environmental Protection Agency rule that went into effect in April.