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Cheniere Energy Partners' LNG import terminal on the Louisiana side of Sabine Pass. (Photo: Cheniere Energy)

Corpus Christi LNG clears hurdle toward federal approval

The agency found that while construction and operation of the import and export terminal could have some adverse effects, mostly temporary and short-term, they will be minimal.  More »
Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Peter Cella (center) participates in a ground breaking ceremony for the company’s new ethane cracker in Baytown. (Chevron Phillips Chemical)

Petrochemical boom pumps cash into local communities but strains infrastructure

As chemical plants rush to take advantage of the cheap, abundant natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom, industry and local communities like Baytown and Mont Belvieu have been forced to strike a delicate balancing act between embracing the flurry of new construction activity while maintaining good quality of life for residents.  More »
Yellow oil barrels

West Texas crude at 17-month low

Oil for November delivery fell $1.49, or 1.7 percent, to $88.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »
Carole Johnson clears out snow from in front of a storm grate last February  in Rockford, Ill.  (AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Brent Lewis)

U.S. predicts lower heating bills this winter

“Temperatures are forecast to be warmer than last winter and that means less demand for heat,” said Adam Sieminski, administrator of the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.  More »
(AP Photo/HO, Shell)

ConocoPhillips strikes oil off Senegal

The company said further evaluation would be needed to determine whether or not the well had reached enough oil to make producing it commercially viable.  More »
Work is ongoing at a liquefied natural gas plant in George West. The plant is the first of five proposed by Beaumont-based Stabilis Energy to supply oil field operators with LNG to power heavy-duty engines. (Courtesy Stabilis Energy)

Proposed LNG plant aims to fuel drilling rigs, pressure pumpers

Drilling companies in the booming Permian Basin may soon have an option to power their heavy-duty equipment with the same stuff they’re pumping from the ground.  More »
The Chevron Corp. flag flies in front of the company's administrative building in Richmond, California. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Chevron sells 30 percent stake in Canadian play

The deal expands Chevron’s relationship with Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, creating a partnership to develop about 330,000 net acres in the liquids-rich Kaybob area of the Duvernay shale.  More »
Baker Hughes painted 1,000 drill bits pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. (Rhiannon Meyers/Houston Chronicle)

Breast cancer awareness heads to oil patch on a pink drill bit

Baker Hughes painted a thousand drill bits pink this month, adopting the rosy shade used by Susan G. Komen, the philanthropic organization that promotes education, research and advocacy for breast cancer.  More »
Cheniere Energy is considering building a terminal in Ingleside to store and and ship condensate. (Courtesy Cheniere Energy)

Cheniere considers condensate export facility near Corpus Christi

The Houston-based company is negotiating to buy 552 acres in an industrial site along the La Quinta Ship Channel for a condensate storage and shipping project which could cost between $400 and $600 million.  More »
Oil Barrels

West Texas crude settles below $90 a barrel

“You are seeing pretty good growth in oil supply and that’s weighing on the market,” an investor says.  More »
(Photo: Kim Christensen for the Houston Chronicle)

Fire at offshore Alaska gas platform prompts evacuation

No spill has been reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The platform is operated by Hilcorp Alaska.  More »
Rex Tillerson, chairman, president, and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation, address' a crowd during the Greater Houston Partnership's State of Energy event at the Hyatt Regency Houston Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Houston. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Tillerson: Houston at center of energy revolution

In a speech made today in downtown Houston, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson offered an extensive overview of the rise of North American oil and gas production and urged lawmakers to leave politics out of industry regulations.  More »
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