An LNG tanker (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Enbridge takes 5 percent stake in planned offshore LNG project

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Houston’s Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corp. said Wednesday the pipeline company had purchased the small stake and agreed to assist in the development of its Delfin LNG project.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

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The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.
Environmentalists want California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for hydraulic fracturing  off Southern California.  (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

Environmentalists want Brown to stop offshore fracturing

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State regulators in June approved nine permits for Long Beach Harbor.
Russ Girling, President and CEO of TransCanada Corporation, speaks at a press event at the pipe yard for TransCanadaÕs Houston Lateral Project in Mont Belvieu, Texas, about 30 miles east of Houston on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Bloomberg Photo/Scott Dalton)

TransCanada touts carbon reduction programs in latest Keystone push

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The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would directly link the oil sands of Alberta to a midwestern U.S. oil hub, has been awaiting the presidential authorization it needs to cross the border for seven years.
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Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

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North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.
(Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Cheapest gasoline in 5 years spurs uptick in summer travel

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Cheap gasoline prices are causing more drivers to take to the highways, with an estimated 41.9 million people expected to travel more than 50 miles this Independence Day, the highest total since 2007, according to AAA.
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CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I jumps on $1.5 billion Houston petrochem project with Oxy

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The ethylene cracker project is being constructed by Occidental’s OxyChem subsidiary and Mexichem in the Ingleside Ethylene joint venture near Corpus Christi.
Cheniere Energy is considering building a terminal in Ingleside to store and and ship condensate. (Courtesy Cheniere Energy)

Cheniere exec says company is moving ahead on $550 million La Quinta project

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A top Cheniere executive provided an update on the project at an energy conference in Houston on Monday, months after the company first revealed that it was hoping to build a marine and storage terminal on a 552-acre site along the La Quinta Ship Channel.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s Arctic drillship heads to Alaska

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The trip moves Shell physically closer to resuming exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean next month, even though the company is still seeking four essential federal approvals to launch the work.