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Transportes Olympic driver Luis Gonzalez checks the tires on his semi after spending the night at a truck stop in San Antonio. (PHOTO BY EDWARD A. ORNELAS)

Trucking jobs go begging in San Antonio

Even as the recession hammered the economy a few years ago, Harry Levy didn’t have a problem finding qualified drivers at his San Antonio trucking and construction company.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.30.11|

Researchers say hydrofracking chemicals will surge as drilling continues. U.S. nears a milestone as a fuel exporter. And will the lights really stay on in Texas?  More »
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Sundrop Fuels seeks “biofuel” status for synthetic gasoline

Colorado-based Sundrop Fuels has announced it will locate its first plant in Louisiana. Gaining “biofuel” status from the Environmental Protection Agency will make its synthetic gasoline more marketable.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.29.11|

BP, Transocean and Halliburton facing new fines. Alberta study disputes oil sands concerns. And are companies bypassing the electrical grid?  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Houston researchers receive funding to reduce risks of offshore drilling

Five Houston-based projects are among recipients of $9.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.  More »
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Anadarko doubles estimate for natural gas discovery in Mozambique

Results from its latest appraisal well in offshore Mozambique led Anadarko to increase the estimated amount of recoverable natural gas to 15 to 30 trillion cubic feet.  More »
Sherron Watkins says groups she has spoken to aren't always comforted by her words. Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Sherron Watkins has a story to tell and tell again

For Sherron Watkins, telling the story of Enron’s downfall never seems to get old.  More »
Meredith Stewart waits for her ride after Enron laid off her and thousands of others in the wake of its bankruptcy filing in 2001. Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios / Houston Chronicle

Hers is a picture of survival

In the hours before they were laid off from Enron Corp., Meredith Moore and her colleagues sat by their desks wrapping Christmas presents.  More »
Defense attorney, Daniel Petrocelli stacks  some binders titled "Raptors" while cross examining Ben Glisan Jr. Thursday, March 23, 2006 in the Houston Federal Courthouse. Glisan is a prosecution witness in the Enron,  Jeff Skilling, Ken Lay securities fraud and conspiracy trial.   ( AP Photo/Pat Lopez)

Where are the faces of the Enron trial?

Prosecutors brought various criminal charges against about three dozen executives and employees of Enron and firms that did business with it, and the accounting firm that audited its books.  More »
Jeff Skilling, Daniel Petrocelli

Skilling’s fall was nothing short of epic

As Christmas approached in 2001, the contenders for the title Most Hated Man in Houston came from a pretty short list. Not surprisingly, all worked for Enron, the onetime Wall Street darling suddenly staring into the abyss of bankruptcy.  More »
Enron Execs Indicted In Houston

Legal cloud starting to lift for Fastow

December will be a watershed month for Andrew Fastow.  More »
Laid-off Enron employee, Mary Garza, holds up a sign that says 'Moron, What were you thinking?' during a gathering of former workers across the street from the Enron Headquarters builfing, 12/19/01. The severed employees were gathering signatures  to provide a uniform letter to Enron asking for their response questions regarding the Enron severance plan and concerns about the lack of communication by Enron to severed employees. (Buster Dean / Chronicle)

With nest eggs busted by Enron, workers left in a bind

At their height, shares of Enron sold for as much as $90. By the time the company declared bankruptcy 10 years ago, the stock plummeted to $1 – taking with it the nest eggs of employees who had invested heavily in the company’s shares.  More »