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The Air Products and Chemicals Inc. hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur supplies hydrogen for converting heavy crude oils into cleaner burning gasoline and low sulfur diesel. It's the site of a U.S. Department of Energy carbon capture and storage pilot program. (Air Products and Chemicals Inc.)

Port Arthur carbon capture project hits milestone

The U.S. Department of Energy today said a carbon-capture project in Port Arthur has reached a key milestone: a million metric tons of carbon dioxide blocked from being released into the air.  More »
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BP seeks return of millions in oil spill damage payments

BP want back millions of dollars in oil spill claims payments it says were “erroneous.”  More »
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Oil industry forms cyberattack information hub

A Hunt Oil executive and others are planning to put together a staff of cyber-security experts this year to form a new group that will collect information and analyze cyber-attacks on the oil and gas industry.  More »
Barbara Brown poses for a photo by the front step of her home that now sits about one foot off the surface of her lawn, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Reno, Texas. Brown said that the top of the step once sat about four inches off the surface of her lawn. Brown said she believes the sinkholes on her property and the drop of her lawn have to do with natural gas drilling. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Residents put pressure on fracking firms as quakes plague region

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »
Arthur Perales III works on a gear reducer at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Video: Inside Weatherford’s new manufacturing center

Weatherford International’s newest manufacturing center in the region was built at a cost of about $100 million and is expected to employ 335 people by the end of next year.  More »
A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil in Montana. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Fed officials say oil train dangers extend past Bakken

Federal safety officials told senators that all crude rail shipments are flammable — not just the ones carrying Bakken Shale oil that have been involved in well-publicized accidents.  More »
Welders work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of Keystone XL's southern leg in Prague, Oklahoma. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Industry touts economic effect of Keystone’s southern leg on Texas

A business association whose members include some of the world’s biggest energy companies is urging the administration to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that the southern portion of the project has already shown the positive economic effect the infrastructure can have on the country.  More »
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Federal report gives Texas wind power lines high marks

Since the CREZ power lines were completed, incidents of both wind curtailment and wind-related negative electricity prices have decreased in Texas, suggesting the projects have largely succeeded at their mission.  More »
BP economist Mark Finley talks about  global market forces and their impact on oil prices at the University of Houston late Tuesday.  (Collin Eaton/Houston Chronicle)

US shale boom offsetting oil lost in Middle East unrest

Without the surge in U.S. crude production, markets would have demanded higher prices, the U.S. would likely have released oil reserves from its strategic stocks, and high prices would have threatened the nation’s economic recovery, says economist Mark Finley.  More »
GE is testing this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

GE to design, build new generation of blowout preventers

Danish rig contractor Maersk Drilling is turning to GE engineers in Houston to build a new generation of deep-water blowout preventers designed to handle the highest reservoir pressures the industry has ever tackled.  More »
(Ken Childress/EOG Resources)

Report: Independent producers leading growth in US oil and gas reserves

U.S. oil and gas reserves increased 9 percent last year, according to a newly released analysis that’s a testament to the industry’s current boom period.  More »
Congressman Gene Green (foreground). ( John Jiles / Chronicle )

House passes Green’s bill to boost border-crossing energy projects

Before the House voted 238-173 to pass legislation streamlining permits for border crossing energy projects on Tuesday, Rep. Gene Green played a pivotal role lining up support for the measure.  More »
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