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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 25, 2015 in New York City. Following a day of steep drops in global markets, the Dow Jones industrial average rallied over 300 points in morning trading.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Energy conferences face cancellation amid low oil prices

The latest announcement is the cancellation of the 5th Houston Shipping & Offshore Conference slated for Oct. 16.
Attendees gather on the floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center on Aug. 19, 2015, for the summer North American Prospect Expo, or NAPE. (Stephen Elliot of, via NAPE)

At NAPE, some see natural gas drillers as next buyers of battered oil fields

At the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday, wildcatters gathered to negotiate deals for oil and gas properties in Texas and elsewhere during the industry’s largest oil lease swap-meet, the summer NAPE.
Attendees arrive at the winter NAPE Expo earlier this year. The summer show is under way this week at the George R. Brown Convention Center .   (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Expo presents lots of talk about Permian land, but not much of it

The nation’s top oil producer is attracting more than a few glances from operators not already established in West Texas, but companies with exclusive and lucrative Permian acreage are holding on tight.
Attendees arrive at the winter NAPE Expo earlier this year. The summer show is under way this week at the George R. Brown Convention Center .   (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Expo draws oil players large and small in changing market (photos)

Energy executives from across the country gather in Houston every winter to haggle over North American oil land and offshore projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alan Greenspan leads discussion during the NAPE Expo Decision Maker's Breakfast at Hilton of the Americas on Feb. 6, 2014. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Greenspan forecasts oil boom’s effect on US economy

Corporate executives have no way of knowing what the world will look like over the next four decades as long as U.S. political strife keeps kicking up a cloud of uncertainty over the economy, Greenspan says.
Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar addresses the winter North American Prospect Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem

Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said Wednesday morning that he believes hydraulic fracturing is safe, and the energy industry should work to convince the public that it doesn’t pose a safety threat.
Ken Salazar, then Interior Secretary, in his Washington office in April, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Former Interior chief to open NAPE with insights on fracking

Salazar is set to speak at the North American Prospect Expo, a conference marked by a frenzy of wheeling and dealing, as landowners from around the globe look to make deals with oil, gas and pipeline companies.
A sign for the Winter NAPE 2011 event is installed in the exhibit hall at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

EIA: Shale gas boom countering production decline on federal lands

Natural gas production continues to be strong in the U.S. as firms tap shale plays that are largely on private lands, even as production on federal lands has fallen, an Energy Information Administration official said Wednesday.
Delegates to the Winter NAPE event walk to the International Pavilion as the show opens at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5. 2013, in Houston. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

Summer NAPE launches with focus on oil, gas supply surge

The annual Summer NAPE event has launched in Houston, opening a marketplace of oil and gas land trading at the downtown George R. Brown Convention center. Energy reporter Harry Weber will be on the scene, providing live coverage of the North America Prospect Expo.
Brian Kalinec, a geophycisist on the team planning to drill for oil at Spindletop, shows a prospective investor seismic data from the historic oil field at the Winter NAPE Expo. (Emily Pickrell)

Spindletop team courts buyers for historic revival

The team of oilmen hoping to strike it rich at Spindletop spent Thursday meeting would-be investors at the NAPE convention in Houston and explaining why they believe there is yet more money to be made under the historic oil field.