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A Druse man looks toward the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashab from an Israeli army post near the village of Bukata in the Golan Heights.  (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel gives OK for oil drilling in Golan Heights

The drilling permit raises concerns it could draw international condemnation.  More »

ConocoPhillips, PetroChina announce joint deal

ConocoPhllips and PetroChina have established a joint study agreement to develop unconventional resources in China’s Sichuan Basin.  More »
Bubbles come to the surface where pipelines come across Bayou Corne near Pierre Part, La., in August 2012.  (AP Photo/The Baton Rouge Advocate, Bill Feig)

Assumption Parish residents seek sinkhole buyouts

Scientists say the sinkhole formed after the failure of an underground salt cavern operated by Houston-based Texas Brine Co.  More »
Vice President Joe Biden. (Charles Dharapak/AFP/Getty Images)

County asks vice president, first lady to help stop drilling

Houston-based SG Interests wants more time to develop natural gas wells in Colorado’s Thompson Divide.  More »
ALCS Citgo Sign

Citgo to pay New Hampshire to settle MTBE suit

Citgo has 10 days to deliver the $16 million.  More »
A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

Another record falls in the Texas wind

Wind power generated more than a fourth of the state’s electricity when it set a new record last Saturday  More »
A man walks in front of Duke Energy Corporate Headquarters in a Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

Duke Energy’s earnings exceed expectations

Duke acquired Progress Energy in June, making it the nation’s largest utility in the U.S. by market value and number of customers.  More »
Shell's Kulluk drilling rig, shown under tow in January 2013 after running aground in Alaska, must go to Asia for repairs.

Shell will repair rigs in Asia, possibly delaying Arctic work

Two drilling vessels Shell used last summer for work in Alaska’s Arctic must go to Asia for repairs and maintenance, possible thwarting Shell’s plans to resume drilling this year.  More »
Phillips 66's Alliance Refinery in Louisiana is among those benefitting from favorable conditions on the Gulf Coast.

Domestic crude puts U.S. refineries in a sweet spot

U.S. refineries are staying busy despite reduced domestic demand for gasoline because they can use lower-cost U.S. oil, making the prices of their refined products attractive to foreign markets.  More »
Delegates to the NAPE Winter Conference enter the International Pavilion at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Conference draws energy deal-makers from around the world

More than 47 different countries are represented at the annual NAPE Winter Conference in Houston.  More »
Frank Springett, vice president of engineering, at National Oilwell Varco, 12950 West Little York, shown with pipe rams part of a lower BOP stack Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Offshore boom will boost equipment suppliers

Deep-water discoveries combined with a shortage of drilling vessels bode well for offshore equipment suppliers, a Barclay’s report said.  More »
(Photo: Mobility, Flickr)

Like everything else, carbon emissions are bigger in Texas

Texas’ carbon dioxide emissions beat California and Pennsylvania combined.  More »