An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Solyndra plant may sell at huge loss

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Solyndra’s factory in Fremont, which closed nearly a year ago as the solar company spiraled into bankruptcy, may sell for just a fraction of what taxpayers invested in it.
Categories: Politics/Policy, Solar
From left, Girl Scouts Linh Nguyen, Cecilia Weatherford and Keturah Crease explore the properties of liquids. / HC

Sixel: Helping girls become the CEOs of tomorrow

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Girls have higher grade-point averages. They are more likely to be members of the National Honor Society. And more women than men graduate from college and then go on and get graduate degrees.
Categories: Workforce
Greg Thiergart, a radio communication technician with CenterPoint Energy, works on a smart meter project in Houston. (Houston Chronicle file photo/Johnny Hanson)

Homeowner claims smart meter started fire

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Centerpoint Energy, which has installed more than 2 million meters, said the meter was working fine prior to the fire, and the company plans to investigation the incident.
Categories: Electricity
(John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Shale jobs attract interest from far away

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The Eagle Ford Shale is a job- creation machine, and the word has reached job hopefuls far from the South Texas oil play.
Categories: Eagle Ford, Workforce
Hotel owners and their supporters demonstrate outside BP's Houston headquarters protesting the geographic provisions of the settlement between BP and a committee representing spill claimants. Photo: Cody Duty / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

Hotel owners’ anger flares over oil spill deal

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Owners of small hotels on the Florida and Texas Gulf coasts say a proposed settlement unfairly excludes thousands in the tourism industry who suffered economic damages in the 2010 oil spill.
Categories: Crude oil
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop held at KP Kauffman Co., an oil and gas production and drilling company in Fort Lupton, Colo.,Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Other voices on Romney’s plan

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Mitt Romney unveiled an energy plan today that his campaign claims would get the United State energy independent by 2020, boost the economy and create millions of jobs.
Categories: General
Money Roll

JBL Energy sells, drills in the Woodbine

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JBL, a privately-held oil and gas exploration and production company, announced at the same time that it had completed the sale of 17,000 acres within the Woodbine to Halcon Resources Corp.
Categories: General
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Oil industry capital expenditures to jump 13 percent in 2012

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Worldwide spending by oil and natural gas companies is on track to break $1 trillion this year, with North America commanding the largest portion, according to an analysis by GlobalData.
Mickal Vogt of Covington, La., uses a stick to place tar balls in a jar that washed up on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Large amounts of the oil battered the Alabama coast, leaving deposits of the slick mess some 4-6 inches thick on the beach in some parts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Gulf Coast business owners plan to march on BP HQ in settlement protest

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Gulf Coast hotel owners are planning to march on BP’s headquarters on Thursday afternoon in protest of their exclusion from the $7.8 billion Deepwater Horizon plaintiff settlement, according to a written statement issued by the group.
Workers at the George R. Brown Convention Center prepare Wednesday for the Summer NAPE Business Conference, where traders of oil and gas properties come together for deal-making and discussions on the industry. Photo: Gary Fountain / Copyright 2012 Gary Fountain.

Conference drills in on natural gas issues

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Energy industry leaders called for policies that encourage natural gas production in the United States, saying during a downtown Houston event Wednesday that restrictions on domestic energy supply threaten the nation’s economic and environmental health.
Categories: Natural gas