Tag: Houston Chronicle

Feds detail auction plan for 3 million acres in Alaska

What happens if you hold a lease sale and no one shows up? The federal government may find out on Dec. 7, when it auctions off drilling leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.  More »

High gas prices are expected to hinder holiday spending

According to AAA Texas’ third annual holiday shopping poll, nearly two-thirds of respondents said gas prices will make a significant effect on their household budgets for Christmas.  More »

Chesapeake 3Q profit and revenue beat expectations

Natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. reported a third-quarter profit on Thursday that was well ahead of analyst expectations as production and prices both rose.  More »

EPA to probe gas drilling’s toll on drinking water

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to start the first federal probe into whether the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing is spoiling and diminishing drinking water supplies.  More »

Protesters target Perry, TCEQ over tax break

Protesters swarmed in front of Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign headquarters and the environmental agency headed by his appointees Wednesday, fighting a potential tax break for energy companies they say would cost schools and other local entities millions of dollars.  More »

Solyndra’s welcome-Obama banner auctioned with laptops, t-shirts

Scott Logsdon paid $400 for the 30- foot banner that served as a backdrop when President Barack Obama visited Solyndra LLC in 2010. Matt Sertic snagged a digital projector for $1,300.  More »

Why’s power hard-wired? Dollars and physics

With our wireless Internet connections and far-ranging cell phones, it’s easy to forget the hard-wired electricity that powers our homes and gadgets — until the lights go out.  More »

Eagle Ford Task Force gets the skinny on water

As drilling booms in the Eagle Ford shale, water used by oil and gas companies to drill and hydraulically fracture wells is an increasing concern.  More »

Senate adds new twist to light bulb battle

After butting heads about new energy-efficient standards for light bulbs, politicians added language into an appropriations bill that would require federal agencies to go green or go in the dark.  More »

Texas drought endangers power projects

Ever since the days of Spindletop, when oil first spewed from the soil near Beaumont, Texans have embraced the energy industry. But the worst drought in decades is straining that cozy relationship and spurring protests against projects that once would have been seen as a boon to prosperity.  More »

Williams, ConocoPhillips agree to EPA penalties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says two natural gas production companies have agreed to pay a total of $248,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act on the Southern Ute Reservation in southwest Colorado.  More »

Ford opens ordering for new all-electric Focus

Ford Motor Co. is taking reservations today for its new all-electric Ford Focus. The compact car is set to hit the market next year in 19 markets, including in Houston and Austin.  More »