Category: Texas

Government lags in measuring gush of U.S. crude

The federal Energy Information Administration relies on state agencies for data about oil production, sometimes two years late. For natural gas, the EIA is collecting data from an outdated survey of producers in five states that was designed before technological advancements opened up new plays across the country.  More »

Lawyers to debate $590 million Houston transmission project

State regulators could decide as soon as next month whether a proposed $590 million transmission line to the Houston area will be allowed to move forward.  More »

Kinder Morgan partnership reports rise in profit, distributable cash

The nation’s largest pipeline company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners reported higher profits in the third quarter, as gas and natural gas liquids continued to flow in increasing amounts from shale plays across the country.  More »

Kinder Morgan to expand Houston docks and storage

Kinder Morgan plans a quarter-billion-dollar expansion of its Houston Ship Channel storage and shipping complex.  More »

New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

Like the unluckiest dog at the animal shelter, an under-utilized website intended to help Texans reduce their energy consumption is having a hard time finding adoptive parents. The website, SmartMeterTexas.com, is currently operated by a coalition of transmission and distribution utilities. Those monopoly utilities — with the support of retail electric providers — want the […]  More »

GOP Railroad Commission candidate suggests water conservation

AUSTIN — Oil and gas companies should work together to conserve water in Texas, the Republican candidate for the state Railroad Commission said in a position paper on Wednesday. But he stopped short of suggesting any state action to compel them. “In key areas, where water shortage is experienced and oil and gas operators have […]  More »

Texas uses the most electricity, burns nearly the most fuel

Texas has been the biggest user of motor fuel and residential electricity so far in 2014.  More »

WTI crude slips below $90 for first time in 17 months

West Texas Intermediate oil fell below $90 for the first time in 17 months amid signs that supplies from Russia, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are outstripping demand.  More »

Eagle Ford continues to gush despite rapid well declines

Although Eagle Ford wells tend to drop in production by 60 to 70 percent in the first year, the shale has seen significant surges in crude oil production, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report released Monday.  More »

Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

A long-delayed program intended to deliver high-tech energy savings to low-income Texans may finally be getting back on track. But questions remain — including whether large numbers of low-income Texans will avail themselves of the new technology. The devices included in the program — including programmable communicating thermostats — work with digital smart meters already […]  More »

Eagle Ford booms to the tune of $87 billion

Economic activity related to oil and gas exploration in South Texas is up 43 percent in just the last year in the region.  More »

Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame.  More »
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