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Commentary: Mark Wahlberg and Deepwater Horizon? I’m skeptical but cautiously optimistic

I’ve written in the past about my skepticism when it comes to Hollywood depicting the oil & gas industry, and unfortunately I don’t see much reason or incentive for this film to take a different course.  More »
Steven Trevino, program manager for the Pipeline Research Council International,  takes ultrasonic thickness readings on a section of pipeline at the council's research center in Houston. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain, July 24, 2014)

Q&A: Houston repository helps industry study pipe failures

The industry-supported Pipeline Research Council International is collecting failed pipes in a Houston repository so companies can test how well their monitoring devices detect real-world defects.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »
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Oil companies seek to keep drilling sounds at bay (video)

These days, the hay bales stacked in northeast Colorado are more likely meant to muffle the sounds of oil and gas development — not feed the region’s cattle, sheep and other livestock.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown here in the Gulf in late July, remains anchored about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Judge lifts order for seizure of disputed oil from tanker

A judge has lifted an order for marshals to seize disputed crude if it’s brought to U.S. waters from a tanker anchored off Galveston, but it’s unlikely the crude will reach port anytime soon.  More »
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett . (AP Photo/John Heller)

Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling

The first well pad is in a remote wooded area about a mile from runways, but some future wells will be about one-quarter of a mile away. The airport authority owns about 9,000 acres of land.  More »
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New Texas rules on oil wastewater wells in the works

The proposed rules would require companies seeking a wastewater well permit to submit more information about the seismic history of their site and the underground pressure the water will cause.  More »
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Judge tosses suit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

Plaintiffs who brought a $256 billion lawsuit against BP have “no facts” to back up their claim the company misled regulators about the safety of a deep-water production platform, a federal judge has ruled.  More »
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Crude falls on prospects for rising supplies

Oil for October delivery declined 30 cents to close at $93.35 a barrel.  More »
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Commentary: Hitting the gas…and the brakes

There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand.  More »
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Energy reforms to increase Mexico’s long-term production by 75 percent, EIA says

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has raised its production estimate for Mexico by 75 percent on the strength of industry reform signed into law this August.  More »
LyondellBasell announced plans to build a new chemical plant on the Gulf Coast. Its Channelview complex makes propylene oxide, styrene monomer and other derivatives.(Courtesy of LyondellBasell)

LyondellBasell plans new chemical plant for Texas Gulf Coast

Houston-based chemical giant LyondellBasell announced plans Monday to build a new chemical plant on the Texas Gulf Coast.  More »
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