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Kirby Corp. is best known for operating a large fleet of inland barges. (Photo: Kirby)

Kirby Corp. grows onshore with hydraulic fracturing boom

Kirby Corp., a Houston-based barge shipping company, is growing its business on shore. Since hydraulic fracturing took off, Kirby has found a growing market for its diesel engine services division. The engines power hydraulic fracturing pumps, and demand has been rising in recent years.  More »
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Blackfeet urge government to cancel energy leases

Blackfoot tribal leaders from Canada and Montana are calling on the U.S. government to cancel oil and gas leases on sacred land near Glacier National Park, as a lawsuit works its way through the federal courts.  More »
NATURAL GAS

Cabot’s profits soar 44 percent on climbing production

The Houston energy producer posted record high production thanks largely to its footprint in the Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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Houston co. invents wireless device to map underground oil and gas

Wireless Seismic could be a game changer in the way companies obtain critical seismic data.  More »
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Oil rout goes unnoticed in Eagle Ford shale

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil has dropped 24 percent from its June high, but oil workers in the Eagle Ford shale can’t help but feel optimistic.  More »
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Tesoro Logistics buying QEP’s gas processing business

Tesoro Logistics LP agreed to buy QEP Resources natural-gas gathering and processing business for $2.5 billion in cash to expand in the Rocky Mountain region and North Dakota.  More »
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Oil rigs slump by most in two months after prices slide

Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. fell by the most in two months as producers curbed drilling following the biggest price rout since 2012.  More »
FRACKING SAND

Eagle Materials drills further into energy sector with acquisition

Eagle Materials is moving further into the energy sector by buying a company that sells an ingredient crucial to the hydraulic fracturing process.  More »
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Shale boom tested as plummeting prices threaten U.S. drillers

More supply from hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and less demand, are contributing to the tumble in West Texas Intermediate crude.  More »
A jar holding wastewater from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

American Water Works CEO says company could provide fracking services

The largest publicly traded water utility in the U.S. is in discussions about providing additional services to fracking companies.  More »
Aerial photo of a well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy Dana Caulton)

Record $4.5M fine pursued against gas driller

The fine is over what Pennsylvania environmental regulators describe as a major case of pollution from a leaking waste pit.  More »
spot-tailed earless lizard

Endangered species in Eagle Ford Shale gets help from UT group

The rare creature’s likely habitat includes large swaths of the Eagle Ford Shale, the prolific oil and gas field south of San Antonio.  More »
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