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Patrick Pouyanne at the Intercontinental Hotel  in Houston. ( Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

Total board could vote for new CEO as soon as Wednesday

Total SA moved its emergency board meeting from Tuesday to Wednesday, when it will likely choose a successor to Christophe de Margerie, who died in a plane crash Tuesday night.  More »
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First-of-its-kind carbon capture plant opens in North San Antonio

Austin-based Skyonic Inc. debuted its $125 million carbon capture plant on Tuesday.  More »
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Nabors earnings rise after last year’s loss

Nabors Industries collected $61 million in profit in the third quarter on higher North American drilling activity, a year after it faced losses on asset impairments and other charges.  More »
Sales of equipment like these subsea trees displayed at its Houston headquarters helped FMC Technologies post a 46 percent third-quarter profit rise.  (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

FMC Technology profit rises 46 percent

FMC Technologies on Tuesday posted a 46 percent boost to its third-quarter bottom line, largely because of a rise in subsea technology sales and its North American high-pressure fluid control business.  More »
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells

Two residents who had monitors on their property complained about noise and unpleasant odors wafting onto their property during drilling.  More »
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie (AP file photo/Christophe Ena)

Total CEO criticized Russia sanctions hours before crash

Christophe de Margerie’s last act as chief executive officer of Total SA (FP) left no room for doubt about his feelings toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  More »
David Stover has been named CEO of Houston-based Noble Energy, an independent oil and gas company.

David Stover moves into top job at Noble Energy

David Stover has been named Noble Energy CEO, under succession plan announced in April.  More »
French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie addressing reporters during a press conference in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Reactions to Total CEO death pour in from oil industry, world leaders

Total SA CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash in Moscow on Tuesday when his private plane struck a snow plow, whose driver Russian investigators say as drunk at the time of the accident.  More »
French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie addressing reporters during a press conference in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Death of Total CEO: Reactions from oil industry, French leaders

France’s politicians and oil-industry leaders offered their condolences after the death of Christophe de Margerie, 63, chief executive officer of Total SA, the nation’s largest oil company.  More »
European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger attends a news conference in Berlin, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Trilateral gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine about gas supply from Russia for Europe during the upcoming winter take place in the German capital. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Ukraine fighting batters truce before gas talks begin

Talks aimed at ensuring Russian natural gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter are being held with the European Union in Brussels today as fighting continues.  More »
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Oil at $80 a barrel muffles forecasts for U.S. shale boom

The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth.  More »
TOTAL S. A. CEO Christophe de Margerie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Total CEO dies in plane crash

Christophe de Margerie and three others died in Moscow when the CEO’s private jet collided with a snowplow who’s driver was drunk, Russian investigators said.  More »