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Allen L. Gilmer, CEO of Drillinginfo, discusses his Austin-based data and analytics company during a visit to the North American Prospect Expo in Houston. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

Company helps smaller oil companies use bigger data

Austin-based Drillinginfo creates apps and databases to help smaller independent oil companies improve their exploration and production.  More »

Feds to resume leasing for fracturing in California

The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing fracking on public land in Monterey County.  More »

Valero restarts ethanol plant

Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11.  More »
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Plaintiffs likely to appeal ruling in BP Atlantis case, lawyer says

An attorney for plaintiffs who sued BP for $256 billion said Thursday he expects to appeal a federal judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit over alleged safety compliance issues at one of BP’s deep-water production platforms.  More »
Enterprise Products Partners, which operates this complex in Mont Belvieu, also plans a propylene plant on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Growing global propylene demand leads to new projects

Increasing demand has chemical plants building units for producing the chemical building block propylene.  More »
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GDP report helps send crude price up

U.S. gross domestic product grew at a 4.2 percent annualized rate last quarter.  More »

Calpine to sell Florida facility to Duke Energy

Calpine Corp. has agreed to sell a Florida power plant to Duke Energy, but the companies have not yet finalized the terms of the deal, a Calpine spokesman said.  More »
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More oil moving on rails, EIA says

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moving on U.S. railroads has increased by 9 percent so far through July compared to the same period last year, according to a review U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

Noble announces Gulf of Mexico discoveries

Noble Energy has found oil and gas at two wells drilled deep in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported Thursday.  More »
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell formally launches 2015 Arctic drilling bid

Shell’s campaign to resume Arctic drilling in 2015 took a major step forward Thursday, as the company gave federal regulators a broad drilling blueprint that lays out plans for boring new exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea. It is the strongest evidence yet that the company will keep pursuing a big discovery in the U.S. Arctic, after a mishap-plagued 2012 exploration campaign ended with the grounding of a drilling rig and a $200 million writeoff.  More »
The United Kalavryta, shown here in the Gulf in late July, has not communicated its position since late Monday. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Tanker reappears on tracking system, and it’s still in the area

A tanker of oil at the center of a dispute between Kurdistan and Iraq apparently is still in Galveston-area waters despite two days of absence from maritime tracking systems.  More »
The growth of renewable energy could slow unless the industry gets more certainty about policies surrounding them, the International Energy Agency said in a new report. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Policy uncertainty could undermine future of renewables, agency says

Power generation from renewable resources like wind, solar and hydroelectricity could slow unless policymakers offer more clarity about future markets, according to a report.  More »
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