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Willbros Group faces investor activism, proposed board shakeup

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Houston-based Willbros opposes a proposal that is gaining momentum to require each of its directors to face annual reelection — instead of the current, staggered three-year terms — amid accusations of mismanagement and cronyism.
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Update: Encana well under control, residents still evacuated

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Encana Corp. on this morning said it has regained control of an oil well north of Karnes City in the Eagle Ford Shale. Encana lost control of the gas well on Tuesday afternoon and Karnes County officials evacuated homes nearby. The incident happened near the intersection of FM 792 and County Road 343 about four miles […]
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Encana loses control of well in Karnes County, homes evacuated

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The Karnes County Sheriff’s Department on its Facebook page said that FM 792 between FM 719 and Texas 80 is closed until further notice.
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Commentary: ERCOT, Peaker Net Margin, Electric Prices and Why You Should Care

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A drop in wholesale electric prices has prompted an important discussion at ERCOT about assumptions it uses when monitoring the state’s power market. Changing those assumptions could impact how much we all pay for electricity.
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Commentary: HB 3749: The Year’s Most Important Legislation for Gas Utility Customers

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The Houston Chronicle this week has highlighted what is likely the year’s most important state legislation for gas utility customers. House Bill 3749, by state Rep. Jim Keffer, will help ensure that Texas cities continue having a voice to defend their citizens against unwarranted gas utility rate hikes. A key legislative committee approved the bill last […]
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Texas House set to vote on bill banning local fracking bans

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San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday.
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Monday at the Capitol: Important Gas Consumer Legislation

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Of the thousands of bills filed so far in Austin, perhaps none would more benefit gas utility customers than House Bill 2988 and House Bill 3749. If adopted, either of these bills would help ensure that consumers continue having a strong voice at the agency that oversees home gas rates. Both bills will be considered in […]
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IHS: 1,400 wells drilled but not completed in Eagle Ford Shale

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There are nearly 1,400 wells in the Eagle Ford Shale that have been drilled but not completed, according to new analysis from the firm IHS. Oil prices are hovering around $50 per barrel, down by half since last summer. And some Eagle Ford oil producers have been drilling but not fracking wells.
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A Texas wind power company is scrapping its Eastern Shore project amid political opposition

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Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to “unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks.”
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Cheap oil is squeezing property owners in energy hubs

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The 50 percent plunge in crude values since June is already dragging down property prices in Texas.