News from the Houston Chronicle energy team

84 percent of workers are searching for a new job

A new survey by Right Management, a consulting firm, found that 84 percent of employees are planning to search for a new job in 2012. Only 5 percent of workers are happy in their current position, according to the poll.  More »
Pegasus, the winged red horse icon of Exxon-Mobil, is seen on a gas pump in Ferndale, Mich. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, Associated Press)

Exxon sells 84 gas stations in Houston

Exxon sold 84 gas stations in Houston yesterday to a local company, forcing the stations to temporarily close as the new owner took over, according to a KPRC Local 2 story.  More »
A newspaper vendor holds up a paper with a banner headline outside the federal courthouse after Enron founder Ken Lay and former CEO Jeff Skilling were convicted in Houston May 25, 2006. REUTERS/Tim Johnson

Enron’s fall foreshadowed 2008 crash

The collapse of Enron was a closely watched and thoroughly documented corporate event, a slow-motion cataclysm chronicled in thousands of articles, dozens of case studies, movies and even a play.  More »
This photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a sand dune lizard in Chaves County, N.M., The sand dune lizard is one of the creatures that the advocacy group WildEarth Guardians believes should be emergency listed under the Endangered Species Act. The group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department, claiming the agency failed to take action on hundreds of species that had been petitioned for listing. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michael T. Hill)

Sand Dune Lizard decision won’t be for six months

Oil and gas activity in West Texas could be hindered if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adds the Sand Dune Lizard to the endangered species list.  More »

Gas prices edge closer to sub-$3 mark

Price fell to $3.09, down from the $3.12 average from last week, according to AAA gas gauge. said the average price in Houston dropped to $3.08, down two pennies from last week.  More »
Kangaroo on beach in western Australia

FMC Technologies lands Chevron contract in Australia

Houston’s FMC Technologies has won a contract to supply subsea equipment for a Chevron offshore project in Australia.  More »
Oil workers make adjustments to increase a well's production. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Recruiting firm Hays to open Houston office to tap oil and gas boom

Hays, a London-based employee recruiting firm, plans to open a 5 to 10-person office in Houston in the next several months to expand its customer base in the oil and gas industry.  More »
(Photo: WOAI)

San Antonio firefighters battle fire at refinery

Firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze at a San Antonio refinery this afternoon, according to a WOAI story.  More »

Update: FMC Technologies, Rolls-Royce announce equipment deals

FMC Technologies today announced a $325 million contract with Chevron. At the same time, Rolls-Royce inked a $650 million contract with Petrobras.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Researchers: U.S. demand for hydrofracking chemicals will surge

Demand for chemicals used in well stimulation will grow nearly 10 percent each year through 2015, according to a report released Tuesday by the Freedonia Group.  More »
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 »
(Photo: David Paul Ohmer/Flickr)

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 »