Image of Hurricane Joaquin  over the Caribbean, from NOAA's GOES West satellite. (NOAA)

Quiet Gulf hurricane season leaves oil drowned in oversupply

Barely an oil worker was evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico and the biggest storm this year — the strongest hurricane ever in the Western Hemisphere, actually — tore through the Pacific.
In this April 15, 2009, file photo, an unidentified worker passes a truck owned by Halliburton at a remote site for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion. The deal comes shortly after talks had stalled and Halliburton prepared to go hostile with its takeover bid. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Reports: Halliburton plant in the Panhandle a total loss after tornado

The sprawling facility sustained extensive damage from a tornado that ripped through the Pampa area, a Gray County sheriff’s deputy said.
A group of men working on solar panelling

Commentary: DOE Report Reveals Cracks in U.S. Energy Infrastructure

In early October, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a report examining different weaknesses in the nation’s current energy infrastructure system. The report focused specifically on energy sectors in relation to global climate change, and highlighted severe vulnerabilities for existing energy infrastructure. According to the study, climate change has already been responsible for severe, threatening […]
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

At 12:38 a.m. Thursday, the grid that manages nearly 90 percent of Texas’ electricity load hit 12,237.6 megawatts of wind generation — nearly 37 percent of the grid’s load at the time — besting the previous record 11,467 megawatts from wind set on Sept. 13, according to the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas that manages the grid. A megawatt powers about 500 typical Texas residences during periods of normal demand.
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Clean Power Plan may force coal power plant retirements in Texas, ERCOT says

Despite the concerns, the estimated retirement of at least 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity in the ERCOT region is much less than the previous projection of 8,700 megawatts given last year before the Clean Power Plan rule was finalized and the timelines were eased, said ERCOT, which manages about 85 percent of Texas’ electricity load.
Image of Hurricane Joaquin  over the Caribbean, from NOAA's GOES West satellite. (NOAA)

Hurricane Joaquin threatens East Coast energy infrastructure

The storm could bring torrential rainfall and flooding along the East Coast, threatening refineries, power plants and distribution terminals.
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Halfway through hurricane season, weather largely calm

The hurricane season runs from June 1 through November, and usually peaks from mid-August through late October. This year’s season started early when Tropical Storm Ana struck South Carolina in May, but has been quiet since. No major hurricanes have formed.
In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Shale boom has made U.S. oil production less vulnerable to hurricanes

Hurricanes no longer pose as much of a threat to domestic production as they once did since the shale boom reduced the United States’ reliance on oil and gas extracted offshore, according to a new federal analysis.
Texas Flooding

Texas Flooding Reveals Deficient Infrastructure

Over 37.3 trillion gallons of water fell in Texas this past spring after heavy precipitation resulted in substantial flooding. While years of drought were literally washed away, the state experienced significant consequences of the flooding, including 21 deaths according to a report by NPR. The recent weather patterns exposed vital shortcomings in the state’s flood […]
Screengrab of an infrared image captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, June 15, 2015. (NOAA)

Enterprise Products Partners evacuates three offshore platforms; other companies watching tropical storm closely

Oil companies and refiners are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm hasn’t shut down operations or triggered evacuations of essential personnel.