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Chevron CEO John S. Watson delivers a keynote address during the American Association of Blacks in Energy National Conference in Houston in April 2014. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Chevron CEO urges more diversity in energy employment

Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson said the energy industry needs to do more to increase the diversity of its workforce and urged improved efforts to promote science and math education among minority students.  More »
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Regulator: Many companies holding back info in safety audits

In the safety audits, several offshore oil and gas operators were too reluctant to give information, likely because they believed that “too much honesty might spark increased scrutiny from the regulators,” a top regulator said in Houston Thursday.  More »
The Arctic ice cap floats above vast deposits of oil and gas while sustaining along its perimeter one of the most biologically productive ecosystems on earth, supporting polar bears, walruses, commercially important fisheries and huge populations of migratory birds. (MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images)

Polar politics threaten Norway’s deepest drive in Arctic

The Norwegian government, seeking to sustain oil revenues that have fueled the country’s prosperity, has floated plans to let drillers push closer than ever to the ice cap — only to run into the strongest opposition yet.  More »
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An offshore oil platform and wells are silhouetted by the setting sun in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, U.S. (Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Offshore safety problems linger despite new efforts, Coast Guard admiral says

Despite mandatory offshore safety codes, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to find dozens of problems on deep-water drilling rigs and other vessels, even after oil companies have complied with rules for years and have anticipated inspections for months, a federal regulator said Thursday in Houston.  More »
A gas station stands near the headquarters of OAO Gazprom in Moscow. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Putin expected to sign China gas deal as crisis forces hand

Vladimir Putin is more likely to sign a 30-year deal to supply pipeline gas to China next month after more than a decade of false starts because the crisis in Ukraine is forcingRussia to look for markets outside Europe.  More »
A visitor to a Toyota exhibition hall examines a 2010 Prius hybrid. (AP file photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.  More »
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Judge allows Ohio fracking lawsuit to proceed

A couple who sued to try to stop gas drilling around a state-owned lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory in court.  More »
Lane Energy Poland company does test drilling to assess economic viability of shale gas deposits in Lebien, Poland in 2011. (AP Photo/Andrzej.J. Gojke)

Researcher: 2014 slated to be most active year for global shale drilling

This year is slated to be the most active year for international drilling yet, even as investors show less interest in risky ventures, a Wood Mackenzie researcher said this week.  More »
People look at the second Solar Impulse solar-powered plane, to be used for a round-the-world voyage in 2015. (AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Plane unveiled for first solar-powered flight around the world (photos)

With wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet but the weight of a large car, the lumbering aircraft will take at least five days and five nights to cross the Pacific and Atlantic oceans on its journey around the globe next year.  More »
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Corpus Christi port chief touts benefits of gas exports

Selling more U.S. natural gas to foreign buyers would mean economic gains that flow well beyond the oilfield, a Corpus Christi port commissioner told lawmakers Wednesday.  More »
Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam, director of the Applied Research Hub, talks with  Superconductor Inc. employee Albert Guevara (sitting) at a machine that produces superconductor wire at the University of Houston Energy Park on the Gulf Freeway Thursday  August 30,2012.(Dave Rossman/For the Chronicle)

Inside University of Houston’s new high-tech research center (photos)

The University of Houston has been showing off its high-tech energy research center to political and industry leaders from around the world.  More »
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Panel: Private equity nearly saturated in upstream market

Private equity firms will continue to throw capital at U.S. independent producers despite tell-tale signs that the number of high-quality investment opportunities is shrinking, a panel of private equity investors said Wednesday.  More »
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