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Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya (Bloomberg News)

Pemex CEO honored as oil exec of the year

International energy leaders named Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya petroleum exec of the year.  More »
The shale drilling boom has increased the interest in information about upstream energy developments. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Shale will be top revenue driver for most oil field services firms in 2014

Oil and natural gas locked in shale rock will account for most of the revenue flowing to more than half of oil field services firms and 40 percent of producers this year, a survey found this week.  More »
The Baker Hughes research and development building in Tomball, Texas. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Baker Hughes forms subsea production unit with Aker Solutions

Baker Hughes and Norwegian subsea firm Aker Solutions will collaborate to develop technology for ramping up oil production and prolonging the lifespan of deep-water fields, the companies said Tuesday.  More »
Emily Nikkel, right, a consultant, and Karishma Hossain, an analyst, from Sugarland, both work for Alvarez & Marsal.

Nominate your employer for Houston’s Top Workplaces awards

Do you believe your workplace deserves some positive attention? Do think your company can be a model for treating employees the right way? Are you happy to go to work each day? Then nominate your company for the Houston Chronicle’s fifth annual Top Workplaces awards.  More »
The Mad Dog platform operates in the Gulf of Mexico. (BP)

Four years later: BP busier than ever in the Gulf of Mexico

BP has rebuilt its armada of deep-water drilling rigs to nearly double its size before the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

Judge sets date for final chapter of BP oil spill trial

A federal court on Monday laid out a detailed schedule for the penalty phase of BP’s civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, setting the first day of the key chapter in the trial for Jan. 20, 2015.  More »
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Study: Fuels from corn waste worse for climate than gasoline

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.  More »
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Gas boom may spell doom for Texas village

While there’s been a litany of boom town narratives in the story of the modern U.S. energy renaissance, Quintana may be the only community that could shrink — or even vanish, some holdout homeowners fear — in response to the country’s surge in energy production.  More »
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Investors pursue class action in suit over BP’s pre-oil spill statements

BP and attorneys for BP shareholders argued in federal court Monday about whether more than 100 investors should be granted a class certification to pursue a securities lawsuit against the London oil company.  More »
College students and supporters hold up signs at a rally to support fossil fuel divestment outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Divestment campaigns struggle against stock market, profits

The divestment campaigns have had limited success, but it’s a movement that administrators are noticing.  More »
Ireland's Minister of State Fergus O"Dowd listens to Shay Curran, founder of C-Voltaics, during a tour at the University of Houston's Energy Research Park in April 2014. (Dave Rossman photo)

Emerald Isle seeks black gold offshore

Fergus O’Dowd, Ireland’s Minister of State for the NewEra project, visited Houston this month to push the European nation’s oil and gas potential.  More »
Calpine Corp.'s Guadalupe Energy Center combined-cycle power plant. (Calpine Corp. photo)

Calpine selling southeastern power plants for $1.6B

Houston power generator Calpine Corp. is selling power plants in the southeastern United States for $1.57 billion, a move is says could help focus its efforts in wholesale power markets in Texas, California and elsewhere, the company said Friday.  More »
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