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Dow Chemical Co. chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris, front, addresses his employees and honored guests during the announcement of Dow's new ethylene production plant at Dow Texas Operations, Thursday, April 19, 2012, on the Brazosport College campus in Lake Jackson. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Despite weak sales, Dow’s profits surge 28 percent

The Michigan-based corporation with a sprawling plant in Freeport reported a strong second quarter even though its sales dropped $12.9 billion, or 13 percent, from the same time last year under pressure from a global crude slump and a strong U.S. dollar.
Categories: Chemicals
An LNG tanker offloads in Cove Point, Md., in 2003.  (AP Photo/ Matt Houston)

Manufacturers want more time on natural gas exports

A coalition of manufacturers and other industrial users of natural gas is asking the Obama administration for more time to review its latest plan for vetting proposals to sell the fossil fuel overseas.
The LNG vessel Dukhan sits moored at the Enagas SA gas storage facility at the port of Barcelona. (Xabier Mikel Laburu/Bloomberg)

Energy jobs extend beyond oil field, Congress told

Surging oil and gas production is creating jobs that extend well beyond the oil patch to manufacturing shops and chemical plants across the country, executives and industry advocates told a congressional panel on Tuesday.
An aerial view of the Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. Sempra Energy is the majority owner of Cameron LNG. (Photo: Cameron LNG)

Lobbying dollars flow into DC on exporting US gas

Labor unions, energy companies and other groups spent as much as $34 million during the first quarter lobbying for and against exports of U.S. natural gas, according to new disclosures.
Snehal Desai is the global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, based in Edina, Minnesota. He is responsible for developing and implementing growth strategy for DW&PS and leading the 1800 people who work in the business. (Dow)

Guest commentary: World Water Day puts focus on new sustainability challenge

Water is essential to all of our lives. But Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, explains that we don’t have to choose between clean water and energy resources.
A rendering of Dow's new Texas Innovation Center. (Dow Chemical Co.)

Dow Chemical plans new research compound near Houston (video)

Dow Chemical Co. is building a new campus south of Houston where 2,000 employees will focus on product innovation, the latest Texas investment by a chemical company benefiting from the shale rush.
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Cheniere Energy already is expanding this LNG plant in Louisiana, but federal agencies are in conflict over plans for a Texas facility. (Cheniere Energy)

Manufacturers call for halt on natural gas export approvals

Dow Chemical and other big industrial users of natural gas are imploring the Obama administration to stop approving licenses to broadly export the fossil fuel.
Google bicycles stand outside of the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Tech titans beat energy companies as best places to work

The energy industry made a respectable showing on Glassdoor’s 2014 ranking of the nation’s best places to work, released this month. But none of Houston’s oil giants cracked the top 50.
(Nick De La Torre / Houston Chronicle)

LNG export critics call on Energy Dept. for time out

With the Obama administration on Wednesday approving a fourth company’s plans to sell natural gas overseas, some lawmakers and manufacturers said it’s time for the federal government to reassess the economic risks of those export approvals.
(Golden Pass Products)

U.S. LNG export potential gaining momentum

Liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. are looking more likely after the Freeport LNG terminal got conditional approval from the Department of Energy, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) said.