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ETP demands $915 million from Enterprise

Energy Transfer Partners is asking a judge to award it $914.6 million for damages it suffered over an alleged joint venture with Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners that failed in 2011.  More »
Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train are piled up following a deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »
Emily Nikkel, right, a consultant, and Karishma Hossain, an analyst, from Sugarland, both work for Alvarez & Marsal.

Nominate your employer for Houston’s Top Workplaces awards

Do you believe your workplace deserves some positive attention? Do think your company can be a model for treating employees the right way? Are you happy to go to work each day? Then nominate your company for the Houston Chronicle’s fifth annual Top Workplaces awards.  More »
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Gas boom may spell doom for Texas village

While there’s been a litany of boom town narratives in the story of the modern U.S. energy renaissance, Quintana may be the only community that could shrink — or even vanish, some holdout homeowners fear — in response to the country’s surge in energy production.  More »
A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Utility to be arraigned in fatal pipeline blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are set to appear in court on Monday to face federal felony charges involving safety violations tied to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.  More »
A worker walks through the TransCanada Corp. Houston Lateral Project pipe yard in Mont Belvieu, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL

The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.  More »
Actor Jared Leto during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

How Hollywood helps Keystone foes in the pipeline battle

Having Hollywood stars and former heads of state on your side doesn’t assure success, but it can help “build up public concern and real outrage,” said Larry Noble, a counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.  More »
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Pipeline firms with high fees borrow to pay investors

Most businesses focus on profits. The energy infrastructure companies known as master limited partnerships are all about cash.  More »
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Pasadena terminal. (Photo:Kinder Morgan Energy Partners)

Kinder Morgan reports drop in first-quarter earnings

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners first quarter profits were down 4.7 percent, the company announced Wednesday, but officials were upbeat that growing demand for natural gas would be a boon for the company.  More »
Police scuffle with protesters demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Monday, March 10, 2014, as they block a door to the federal building in Philadelphia. The protestors say the pipeline would contribute to global warming. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Keystone foes make drastic last-ditch effort

“We’re trying to create as much pressure as we can on President Obama,” one environmentalist said. “We want to personalize this. This isn’t just the faceless masses.”  More »
A huge crop art image protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline covers an 80-acre cornfield outside of Neligh, Neb. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the tractor that carved the image into dirt. It was based on a design created by artists John Quigley and Richard Vollaire. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Lou Dematteis)

Keystone opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project’s path.  More »
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California to see surge in oil brought in by rail

Government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries.  More »
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