Tag: Texas

Texas House set to vote on bill banning local fracking bans

San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday.  More »

Texas leads nation in exports, thanks to petrochemicals and gasoline

About a fifth of Texas’ $289 billion in exported goods last year were petroleum and coal products — about $59.1 billion worth — according to a new government report.  More »

A Texas wind power company is scrapping its Eastern Shore project amid political opposition

Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to “unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks.”  More »

Cheap oil is squeezing property owners in energy hubs

The 50 percent plunge in crude values since June is already dragging down property prices in Texas.  More »

Houston-based wind company expanding

Representatives of Houston-based EDP Renewable told the Wayne County commissioners Wednesday the company will study parts of Wayne, Randolph and Henry counties as possible wind farm locations.  More »

Exxon may be expanding its Beaumont refinery

Reuters reported in July that Exxon was considering a third crude distillation unit at the Beaumont refinery, potentially doubling its current 344,600-barrel per day capacity with a multi-billion dollar project.  More »

Oil layoffs slowed in March, but firms still say 12,800 jobs will get axed

So far, Texas is outpacing every other state in planned layoffs, with 47,000 job cuts this year.  More »

Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.  More »

Texas manufacturers are blaming oil prices for March’s production slump

Production tumbled into negative territory in March for the first time in nearly two years, pointing to a contraction in factory activity.  More »

U.S. crude production sets record in 2014

The shale boom in 2014 fueled the most dramatic rise in U.S. oil production since the government began keeping records more than a century ago.  More »

FERC directs Texas pipeline company to investigate alternatives

The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark County into southern Stark and Wayne counties, then western Wayne, Medina and Lorain counties.  More »

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.  More »

Personal income grew the most in energy producing states in 2014, government data shows

Crude oil prices grew for the first six months of 2014, hitting their peak in June at $107. That helped boost the economies of states like Alaska and North Dakota, where the oil and gas industry are big employers and help bolster state budgets.  More »

U.S. drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil competitive with much lower-cost oil flowing out of the Middle East, Russia and elsewhere.  More »

Texas landmen left out of work as oil patch boom times go bust

Land managers, or landmen as they’re known, are part of a once dying oil patch profession resurrected when production soared.  More »
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