Work has started to prepare a site in Oklahoma City for a new gas-to-liquids plant that will convert landfill gas into petroleum products. (Envia Energy)

Houston-area companies break ground on landfill gas-to-diesel project

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Construction will begin soon on the first of a series of gas-to-liquids plants under development by an array of Houston-based companies to produce petroleum products from landfill gas.
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea)

Freeport LNG says it was warned not to sign Chinese customers

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“Early on in our project, we were quite frankly warned by the Department of Energy that it would not be looked at as politically correct for us to have a large Chinese customer,Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith said.
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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Thursday.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama says Shell developed high safeguards against Arctic spills

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The president says he is committed to reducing carbon emissions but that consumers will still need fossil fuels during a transition to other energy sources.
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In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

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Prosecutors say the criminal negligence of the nation’s largest electricity company resulted in unlawful pollution at its coal-fired power plants.
The U.S. plastics industry is poised to invest nearly $47 billion in expansions, thanks to the shale boom. (American Chemistry Council)

Report: Shale boom helps plastics industry stage a comeback

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The U.S. plastics industry is mounting a comeback thanks to a surge of cheap, abundant natural gas that’s providing the nation with a competitive advantage over other countries for the first time in years, a new report finds.
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Most U.S. energy executives are changing their business models to cut costs

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KPMG found that 56 percent of U.S. energy executives surveyed plan to change their business models in the face of lower-priced oil, although they remain optimistic about the industry.
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Eni’s Libya output above pre-war levels at 300,000 barrels a day

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The number cited is higher than the 280,000 barrels a day that Rome-based Eni produced in Libya before the ousting of former leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
Kayaktivists Jordan Van Voast and Martin Adams hold a sign in protest of the arrival of Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer as it came into Everett, Wash. on Tuesday. The rig arrived just as the Port of Seattle voted to delay the arrival of Shell's Polar Pioneer drill rig in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Drill rigs coming to Seattle despite pleas for delay

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A Shell spokesman said it has a valid lease to use about 50 acres of terminal space on Seattle’s waterfront and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling this summer.
(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Documents show FBI illegally spied on Houston Keystone activists

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The documents, about 80 pages obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show the investigation was opened in early 2013 after a meeting of the FBI and TransCanada. It was closed in June 2014 after the bureau failed to identify extremist activity amongst anti-Keystone demonstrators, the Guardian reports.
Richard Kinder at IHS Energy CERAWeek April 22, 2015 (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Richard Kinder: Houston needs more public-private investment to attract talent

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Speaking at the Urban Land Institute spring meeting in downtown Houston, Kinder touted the progress his Kinder Foundation has made with Houston’s Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, the Museum of Fine Arts and more.