EnergyWatch

News from the Houston Chronicle energy team
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett . (AP Photo/John Heller)

Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling

The first well pad is in a remote wooded area about a mile from runways, but some future wells will be about one-quarter of a mile away. The airport authority owns about 9,000 acres of land.  More »
(Dave Schumaker/flickr)

New Texas rules on oil wastewater wells in the works

The proposed rules would require companies seeking a wastewater well permit to submit more information about the seismic history of their site and the underground pressure the water will cause.  More »
court_gavel

Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.  More »
Thad Hill

Calpine buys Massachusetts power plant for $530 million

Calpine Corp. announced today that it purchase a power plant near Boston from Exelon Corp. for $530 million in a deal that Calpine officials say will help the company expand its footprint in a key region.  More »
A BP company logo sits on display on the forecourt of a gas station operated by BP in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

BP puts San Juan Basin gas wells on auction block

BP is trying to hawk thousands of aging natural gas wells in New Mexico as it trims some assets before the launch of its U.S. oil and gas business.  More »
A site north of Denver has multiple wells drilled on a single pad with equipment also staged on-site, both new approaches. (Photo/Jennifer A. Dlouhy)

Drillers in Colorado especially mindful of the neighbors

Producers are finding ways to centralize oil field operations in a bid to boost efficiencies, cut costs and minimize disruptions for residents in the populous Colorado Front Range.  More »
(StockMonkeys.com/Flickr)

Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.  More »
(Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty)

Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.  More »
(BILLY SMITH II/STAFF)

Enbridge avoids U.S. review with plan to boost oil sands flow

The State Department, responsible for approving cross-border energy projects like the Alberta Clipper and the proposed Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in a statement that Enbridge can go forward with its plan under authority granted by previously issued permits.  More »
(stockyimages)

Dynegy to acquire power assets for $6.25 billion

Two years after emerging from bankruptcy protection, Houston’s Dynegy Inc. is planning to pay $6.25 billion to nearly double its coal and gas-fired generating capacity in two separate deals for Midwestern and Northeastern power plants.  More »
Plains All American Pipeline displays its company logo on storage tanks at the crude oil hub in Cushing, Okla. (Plains All American)

Plains All American to build pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP said Thursday it plans to build a pipeline that would deliver as much as 200,000 barrels a day of crude oil to Valero’s Memphis plant when it’s completed in late 2016.  More »
Page 3 of 76312345...102030...Last »