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News from the Houston Chronicle energy team

Biorefineries planned for South Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company’s chief operating officer, said Monday that NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants.  More »
Most of Israel’s gas is contained in two offshore fields in the Mediterranean Sea: Tamar, seen here, and Leviathan.
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Israel looks to Texas for energy investment, expertise

Texas, with its history of oil booms and busts, offers expertise for a country new to the energy game.  More »
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Guest commentary: Offshore is next target for environmentalists

Guest commentary: There is still time for the industry to take back control of the online narrative before activists chip away at the 68 percent of Americans who currently support offshore oil and gas drilling.  More »
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Moody’s outlook on BP debt turns negative after ruling

Moody’s Investors Service changed its outlook on billions of dollars of BP’s corporate debt from stable to negative a few days after a federal court’s ruling in the Deepwater Horizon case.  More »
Saudi Arabia's South Ghawar Basin has major unconventional gas reserves and the infrastructure to handle gas transportation (flickr/saudi_waltercallens).

Nine countries that could hold the next Eagle Ford

The U.S. economy has enjoyed an energy renaissance thanks to technology like fracking and horizontal drilling that unlocked previously inaccessible geological formations. Some of that same technology is now poised to be used around the world.  More »
This photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, and provided by Robert A. Franco, shows a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposing deep-injection wells . Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing local deep-injection wells is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on grounds he’s exercising his free speech. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco)

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.  More »
Shell's Auger tension-leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Shell)

Shell announces first oil from Cardamom field in Gulf of Mexico

Shell Oil Co. announced Monday that it had begun production from a subsea project in the Gulf of Mexico that is expected to eventually produce 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Britain goes to bat for BP in Supreme Court brief

The British government is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to show mercy on BP as the London oil company faces steep costs for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Brent crude falls below $100 for first time in 14 months

Brent crude fell below $100 a barrel for the first time since June 2013 as a slowdown in imports into China reinforced signs of surplus supply. West Texas Intermediate dropped to the lowest in almost eight months.  More »
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Northeast carbon auctions reach $1.8 billion

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative use the revenue to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, consumer utility bill assistance, and other consumer programs  More »

Iowa Senate candidates stress support for ethanol

Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy  More »

More Texans working for oil and gas companies

The 302,700 workers estimated to work for services and exploration and production companies marked the first time employment in the industry has exceeded 300,000 since his Texas Petro Index began tracking the numbers in 1995, said its developer, economist Karr Ingham.  More »
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