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Versailles, France (DigitalGlobe)

Sharper satellite images could give energy industry a better view

The president of Spatial Energy says approval from the U.S. government to sell higher resolution images could mean a lot more business for the company.  More »
Chevron Phillips Chemical is considering yet another expansion at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Chevron Phillips Chemical eyes another expansion in Baytown

The company is already building a $6 billion expansion at the same Cedar Bayou plant.  More »
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during the Coastal Energy Summit at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Mike Spencer)

North Carolina officials host closed meeting on oil drilling

Among those in attendance were top officials from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which regulates drilling operations and handles the sale and lease of off-shore drilling rights in federal waters.  More »

An Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drilling rig in Colorado's Wattenberg play drills into the Niobrara rock formation. Anadarko has added to its rig count in Colorado to grow production there 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Anadarko hopeful West Texas midstream buy will up output

Marrying rigs, pipes and processing plants doubled Anadarko Petroleum Corp. production in Colorado’s Wattenberg field, so the oil company is betting $1.5 billion it will work again in West Texas.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010. (AFP PHOTO/US COAST GUARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

BP is facing $18 billion in penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.  More »
(Øyvind Hagen/Statoil ASA)

Statoil suspends two North Sea oil rigs

Statoil won’t use the Transocean Spitsbergen and Songa Trym rigs from mid-November through at least the year-end because of overcapacity.  More »
Texas regulators will study whether operators of wind generation plants like this one in West Texas should pick up some of the tab for transmitting their power to populated areas. . (Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Republicans urged to reject wind tax credit in lame duck

Fiscal conservatives want Republican leaders to hold firm against proposals to extend a wind energy tax credit this year.  More »
Steven Farris, chairman and chief executive officer of Apache Corp. (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg)

Apache optimistic about U.S. shale as profits slip

Apache Corp. reiterated plans to double down on its positions in prolific U.S. shale plays even as crude prices continued to fall and the company’s profits slipped from last year.  More »
Greg Armstrong, CEO of Plains All American Pipeline, at the company headquarters Thursday Sept.25 2013.(Dave Rossman photo)

Plains to buy half of BridgeTex in $1.1 billion deal

The pipeline is a major artery for the basin with a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day of crude.  More »
(AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEIN/Getty Images)

OPEC’s weak links feeling pain

While the Saudi Arabia is as flush with cash as ever, the finances of some fellow OPEC members are deteriorating quickly.  More »
An anti-government rebel sits with an anti-aircraft weapon in front an oil refinery, after the capture of the oil town of Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Libya’s biggest oilfield to resume output soon, official says

Sharara was shut as a precaution after gunmen stormed the on-site production compound.  More »
Work crews work at the Kinder Morgan's BOSTCO storage terminals at the Houston Ship Channel on Monday, May 19, 2014, in La Porte. ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )

Investors lose bid to stop vote on Kinder Morgan deal

A Delaware state judge denied a request by investors to delay a shareholder vote on Kinder Morgan’s $44 billion deal to fuse all of its companies.  More »
Plains All American Pipeline displays its company logo on storage tanks at the crude oil hub in Cushing, Okla. (Plains All American)

Plains All American profits up 40 percent

Plains All American set its course forward into a more uncertain energy market with a flurry of deals and third-quarter results propelled higher by the flood of crude flowing from shale plays.  More »
EOG Resources CEO Bill Thomas at EOG's offices in downtown Houston Thursday Sept. 25, 2014. (Billy Smith II  / Chronicle)

Enron castaway shrugs off low price to become ‘Apple of Oil’

Investors spooked by the heavy debt carried by most U.S. producers are flocking to companies that generate so-called free cash flow.  More »
Sen. John Hoeven (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hoeven: Obama should approve Keystone XL

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., the lead sponsor of legislation that would authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, says President Barack Obama can extend an olive branch to the Republican-controlled Senate next year by signing the bill.  More »
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