Trimac Transportation driver Robert Williams used the liquified natural gas lane to fill his truck at the Flying J truck stop on I-10 East in Baytown Thursday Aug. 23, 2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Natural gas could dent demand for oil as transportation fuel

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HOUSTON — The surge in liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel for truck fleets and ships could displace oil demand by more than 1.5 million barrels a day by 2030, according to a new study by IHS Energy. While 1.5 million barrels of oil may not seem like a large chunk of the 93.6 […]
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Houston company’s pipeline in Arkansas River ruptures, releases natural gas

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U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said the section of the river, which is near Arkansas’ busiest airport, will remain closed until Spectra Energy Corp. crews can identify what caused the leak.
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Methane emissions threaten to undermine natural gas offensive

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Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and BP Plc CEOs spoke in favor of using natural gas that would supplant dirtier coal-fired power. Demand for the energy is seen outpacing oil over the coming decades.
Rex Tillerson, chairman, president, and CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Exxon CEO touts climate benefits of shale gas

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European oil companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Total SA are promoting gas as a way to limit the growth of emissions blamed for climate change. They have also called for a price on carbon dioxide.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Big Oil’s plan to become Big Gas

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With almost 200 nations set to hammer out a binding pact on carbon emissions in December, fossil-fuel companies led by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA say they’re refocusing on gas as a cleaner alternative to the cheap coal that now dominates electricity generation worldwide.
An ethylene unit shown at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company's Cedar Bayou Plant, 9500 I-10 East, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Baytown. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Chevron, Phillips 66 joint venture may have a second natural gas “megaproject” in the works

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The Houston-based company has led a wave of new U.S. facilities that make ethylene, used in plastics to polyester. Plants that use low cost gas from shale formations will help U.S. production of basic chemicals increase for the next four years, starting with a 3.1 percent rise this year and peaking at 6 percent in 2018.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

European Big Oil opens schism on climate with U.S. rivals

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“It’s clear that the subject isn’t viewed in the same way on both sides of the Atlantic,” Total SA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne, one of the signatories, said on Monday at a press conference in Paris. “We are working with those who come forward.”
In a Feb. 12, 2014 photo, plumes of smoke billow as a fire burns on at the Chevron Gas Well site, near Bobtown, Pa. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MONESSEN OUT; KITTANNING OUT; CONNELLSVILLE OUT; GREENSBURG OUT; TARENTUM OUT; NORTH HILLS NEWS RECORD OUT; BUTLER OUT

Chevron Appalachia fined $940,000 for fatal gas well blast

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“Chevron deeply regrets this incident and acknowledges the extensive efforts of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in its response and investigation,” said a spokeswoman for Chevron Appalachia.
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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto holds the documents he signed that enact reforms to the constitution at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Report: How to make business sense of Mexico’s energy reform

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Mexico is opening its oil and gas fields to foreign investment for the first time in decades – a potential business bonanza for companies that can navigate the changes.
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Water recycling costs coming down in South Texas

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Shale wells require millions of gallons of water. Hydraulic fracturing pumps water, chemicals and sand at high pressure to crack shale, allowing oil and gas to flow up a well.