Category: Texas

Texas crude production hits highest level since 1980

An index that measures oil and gas activity in Texas reached a record level last month, bolstered by rising production and wellhead prices.  More »

Equipment company expands to Houston (photos)

Oregon-based Climax Portable Machine & Welding Systems has opened its first Houston facility, the company’s latest move to capitalize on the region’s energy boom.  More »

Economists: Energy industry growth slowing, could hit Houston economy

Experts on Houston’s energy economy say the oil and gas industry is facing a slowdown that will affect job growth, mirroring the tempered outlook energy executives showed in a recent survey.  More »

Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

More than one of every three barrels of U.S. crude is pumped in Texas, according to the latest monthly figures from the federal Energy Information Administration.  More »

Mexico tapping wind potential

The historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector could shift the direction of its nascent wind power industry to the huge market north of the border.  More »

Q&A: Ears go in the ground to aid fracturing

Houston-based Micro- Seismic uses instruments called geophones on the surface or buried underground to capture and analyze sounds from a well while it’s being fractured. The technology, called surface microseismic, allows operators to customize the fracturing while it’s in progress, improving the efficiency of the resulting hydrocarbon extraction.  More »

Shell to slash oil field spending, jobs in the Americas

Shell will slash spending and staff in its oil and gas field operations in the Americas, CEO Ben van Beurden told investors Thursday, largely in response to disappointing results in U.S. shale plays.  More »

Texas leads growth in clean energy jobs

Texas, California and New York were among the nation’s leaders in adding green energy jobs during the final months of 2013, according to a new analysis. New wind projects helped drive the growth in the Lone Star State.  More »

United Rentals buying Texas pump rental company

United Rentals says it’s buying National Pump, the second-largest pump rental company in North America, for $780 million.  More »

Tapped-out Texas oil town turns old wells into art

Wells are scattered across Luling’s backyards, churches, restaurants and gas stations. But rather than asking visitors to avert their eyes, officials here want folks to take notice. They have commissioned art on more than a dozen functioning pump jacks along the town’s main strip.  More »

Researchers study string of Texas earthquakes

FORT WORTH — Researchers collecting seismic data hope it allows them to determine what role wastewater injection wells have played in a string of small earthquakes northwest of Fort Worth. The area in northeast Parker County, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Worth, has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes since November. Last month more […]  More »

State oil regulator warns warns operators about gas flares

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick said the agency is sending letters to operators Wednesday reminding them of the state’s natural gas flaring rules and warning that the state will enforce them.  More »
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